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Mind the word gap

Without enough words a child will not only find it difficult to understand instructions at school, but will also struggle to play and to communicate with others around them. A report published by Oxford University Press in May 2018, Why the Word Gap Matters , revealed that there's an increasing number of children at primary and secondary school who have a limited vocabulary – a word gap. During the research, 67% of primary school teachers said that broadening pupils' vocabulary is a high priority.

What is the word gap and
why does it matter?

Find out more about the report, why the word gap matters and what you can do at home to help your child's vocabulary in our blog post: The word gap: How to build your child’s vocabulary at home.

Activities to help develop vocabulary

More than one (Ages 5+)

Putting things in order (Ages 5+)

Spotting synonyms (Ages 5+)

What shape? (Ages 5+)

Word game (Ages 5+)

All in order (Ages 7+)

Opposites (Ages 7+)

Spotting synonyms (Ages 7+)

How do you spell that? (Ages 7+)

Know your ABC! (Ages 7+)

Mind the word gap (Ages 5+)

Use word cards to create sentences (Ages 7+)

Similes (Ages 9+)

Animation: Synonyms and antonyms


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