Word of the Week

wotw imageDuring the Autumn term 2022, the school introduced a new English initiative, the ‘Word of the Week‘. The purpose of this is to improve the boys’ vocabulary and enhance literacy around the school.

Research has shown that the wider a child’s vocabulary, the easier the child can access new learning. In order to enrich our pupils’ vocabulary, every week they are introduced to a new word (often linked to a specific event, cultural celebration or context), which they then use in their written and verbal work during lessons and around the school. The WOTW may also inform assemblies that week. Parents can join in too by promoting the use of the words at home with your children, by talking about the word, its meaning and other similar words.

We hope the boys are inspired by this initiative and their vocabulary choices develop and improve throughout the school.

‘Word of the Week’ so far; 2023-24…

  • Pace  (link – ambitious word)
  • Fatigue  (link – post Rosh Hasnonoh)
  • Conscientious (link – acting in the right way, in and out the classroom )

‘Word of the Week’, 2022-23
Penultimate  (link – second-last week of the school year)
Persevere  (link – Assessment week)
Fieldwork  (link – Geography fieldwork fortnight is here)
Copious  (link – recent downpours)
Scorcher  (link – hot week ahead!)
Competitive  (link – Sports Day this week)
Gumption  (link – ambitious word)
Glimpse  (link – ambitious word)
Ignite  (link – Lag B’Omer)
Jubilant  (link – the King’s Coronation)
Aghast  (link – ambitious word)
Ambitious  (link – it is the start of a new term)
Stupendous  (link – almost the end of term)
Matriarch  (link – Importance of the mother)
Resilience  (link – Assessment Week)
Joyous  (link – it’s Purim!)
Bookworm  (link – World Book Day)
Catastrophe  (link – The earthquake in Turkey and Syria)
Mindfulness  (link – ‘Pause Day’ this week at Pardes House)
Glacial  (link – it’s cold out there!)
Oriental  (link – Chinese new year)
Courage  (link – Martin Luther King day)
Saunter  (link – ambitious word)
Illuminate  (link – Chanukah)
Culture  (link – World Cup)
Commemorate  (link – Remembrance Day)
Monstrous  (link – Guy Fawkes)