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Infusing Rich Vocabulary into the Primary Curriculum

Develop a whole-school vocabulary spine based on ambitious, rich, academic language

Created and Led by
Chris Quigley
Typical study time 4 - 6 hours
Target Audience
Head Teachers, Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Deputy Heads, Senior Leaders, Curriculum Leaders, Subject Leaders, Senior & Middle Leaders, KS1 & 2 Teachers

Learn about:

  • The importance of vocabulary for academic success, employment and well-being
  • How to create a whole-school vocabulary spine
  • How to introduce new vocabulary to students
  • Activities to deepen students’ understanding of vocabulary.
  • Discover the pressing need to teach vocabulary
  • Learn how to create a whole-school vocabulary spine
  • learn how to best teach and deepen understanding of vocabulary

Why this course is relevant or important:

Researchers Law and Charlton from the University of Newcastle found that the wider and deeper one’s vocabulary:

  • The the better one’s reasoning and pragmatic skills become
  • The better one’s chances of academic success and economic well-being become
  • The greater the likelihood of better mental health and well-being.

This and other research form the basis for this evidence-informed course.

Advance your understanding of:

  • The research that shows the importance of vocabulary
  • The importance of a wide, rich curriculum to support vocabulary acquisition
  • The benefits of a whole-school vocabulary spine
  • Categories of words for the vocabulary spine
  • The importance of introducing Greek and Latin root words to even the youngest students.
  • Effective teaching methods to introduce vocabulary.

Take away:

  • A comprehensive understanding of the research into vocabulary acquisition
  • 10 approaches to create a whole-school vocabulary spine 
  • 23 activities to deepen understanding of vocabulary.

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6-20 users
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51-100 users
100+ users

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We bridge the gap between evidence and practice.
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A sound approach that covered everything from the research underpinning, how to develop a strategic overview and then what this looks like in the classroom. Very easy to register and be part of - thank you!

This course has been phenomenal in explaining the ideology of infusing rich vocabulary which was clearly presented, research based and of value.

Fantastic! I would highly recommend this course. It offers lots of practical ideas and templates that can be taken straight into the school and classroom with lots of evidence and theory to back these up with.

Danielle Callec

Excellent - totally relevant and brilliant! Research based practical whole school tools to infuse and embed ambitious vocabulary. Brilliantly presented and explained with superb examples with a scintillating flair. Inspired to share key messages with my staff to benefit our pupils. Thank you.

Simrat Mavi

Has helped me to refine own thinking and given me some valuable guidance on where to read more.


Useful daily activities to practice. Word lists will present a good starting point for subject leaders.

Practical elements to be used across the curriculum in a workable manner. Feeling excited!

Reignited my love of words and language.

Deep thinking about the systematic planning for vocabulary in the lesson. Loads of ideas!

Strong research bank to intellectualise evidence and suggestions.

Developing conceptual understanding and making connections to prior knowledge was useful. A very informative course. I will leave with a much deeper understanding of how we teach vocabulary and immerse children in rich language.

Dovetailed well with other training around curriculum development.

The approaches to developing tier 2 and 3 words were useful.

Food for thought!

Love the examples. Great presentation. Great resources to use in class with useful analogues.

Rethinking whole approach to curriculum now!

A comprehensive and well-structured approach. Infusing vocabulary across the curriculum.

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