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Teaching vocabulary across the curriculum


In every subject, in every lesson, vocabulary is prioritised and explicitly taught to help students access and use academic language. We use a variety of approaches to help children remember new words and make connections between words. Teachers and subject leaders consider which words to teach as part of curriculum planning and we prioritise vocabulary which students are unlikely to encounter in everyday speech.


Activities we use at CJS:

Word Mint:


  • Word Sudoku
  • Word Scramble
  • Word Search
  • Crossword
  • Bingo


Edu Games:


  • Secret Code
  • Word Fit
  • Word Ladder
  • Word Pyramid
  • Word Wheel / Daisy
  • Word Zigzag




  • Kahoot quiz
  • Wordle
  • Synonym / antonym grids
  • Morphology grids
  • Group activities from reading strategies
  • Shades of meaning
  • Calligrams
  • Frayer models
  • Nrich maths activities
  • ‘Never heard the word’ grids
  • Traffic light grids