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Building Vocabulary in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2


The importance of building and understanding vocabulary

"Listening to and talking about stories and non-fiction develops children’s vocabulary, because they meet words they would rarely hear or use in everyday speech."
The reading framework (DfE, 2023)

Understanding vocabulary is vital for comprehension at all stages – both reading and listening – and so for all pupils’ wider learning and progress.

Pupils’ vocabulary affects their ability to communicate and to understand the world.

This one-day workshop helps teachers develop their knowledge of how words work and suggests practical strategies for direct instruction. There will also be an exploration of how to foster a language-rich classroom.

100% of participating teachers said they would recommend this workshop to another school.

About the training

How long is the training?

This online training takes place over roughly five hours. The training can take place in person or online and, if the latter, can take place over the course of a day or over two twilights.

What will I learn?

  • Reading, vocabulary and how they work together – the research and the ‘vocabulary gap’
  • Word meaning, word knowledge and word-building – exploring new language and the three-tier model
  • Learning and loving new words – direct and indirect instruction
  • Practical strategies for teaching vocabulary
  • Reflection and further resources

For scheduled training, the cost is £140 for a single booking, with a £25 discount per booking for National Literacy Trust members. Sign up to our newsletter to be informed of upcoming scheduled training dates.

We can also deliver the training on a whole-school basis, subject to trainer availability, at a time convenient to participating schools.

How can I arrange training?

For more information and to arrange training, please email Ruth King.

"A very enjoyable and very relevant course with super recommendations."

Training attendee, Birmingham