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Barham Primary School

Embedding Excellence

Barham Primary School

Embedding Excellence

Language and Vocabulary ​​​​​​​

Our curriculum intent is to plan and teach an inspiring and memorable curriculum that provides pupils with powerful knowledge.

To ensure that all pupils access this curriculum we must provide them with a vocabulary-rich understanding.

For children to understand a text and ensure that they comprehend what they have read they must know the meaning of 95% of the words in a text.

Our pupils are faced with challenging texts on a daily basis and a good deal of the reading in our classrooms will include vocabulary that is unfamiliar and difficult. 

The words we use can be organised into three tiers:

We use Tier 1 words every day in the classroom.

Tier 3 words are the technical vocabulary we use in our curriculum subjects.

However, the Tier 2 words need to be taught explicitly so that our children can use them to make sense of the Technical Tier 3 Vocabulary.