Why curation works
There are over one million words in the English language, too many to learn effectively. By identifying and structuring the words children will encounter most often in literature, we make vocabulary manageable.
Part of our process is to pair words with those they commonly appear alongside. Research shows that studying words in pairs increases the speed and efficiency of learning.
Why visual humour works
Research proves that humour and visuals are profoundly effective learning tools, boosting children’s engagement and retention. And when information is presented as a story, with colourful, relatable characters, the experience is even more memorable. Mrs Wordsmith words are unforgettable because they’re visually engaging.
Why linking home and school works
We know that linking home and school leads to better vocabulary retention. The more involved you are in your child’s studies, the higher their motivation and achievement. Parental engagement is key. You don’t have to do a lot. It’s about practising little and often to develop word consciousness, or an awareness of words that accelerates their ability to learn.
Professor Ted Briscoe
University of Cambridge
Deputy Head Hannah Verney
Westminster Under School
Head of School Emma Madden
Fox Primary School