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“As a school we have gone from a place where staff despaired about the vocabulary, to a place where the team now feels empowered about bridging that gap” – Bex White, Oriel High School
How can Bedrock help my school?
Bedrock offers Bedrock Vocabulary, a nine-year digital literacy and vocabulary curriculum designed for students of all abilities in KS2, KS3 and KS4 (Years 3-11), and Bedrock GCSE Literature schemes, a growing range of units to support learning of specific texts and terms for KS4 students. (Scroll down for more on how we can support the specific needs of primary schools and secondary schools).
A student’s ability to understand a text largely depends on their ability to understand the language used. Research suggests that as a student progresses through school, they need to be adding at least 3,000 words to their vocabulary per year if they are to keep up with challenging texts across the curriculum.
With Bedrock, students:
✓ Encounter new vocabulary in aspirational, interactive fiction and non-fiction texts
✓ Acquire deep knowledge of vocabulary to support their academic success (a proven 32% uplift)
✓ Build confident voices and cultural awareness to equip them well for life beyond school
Easy either to embed into classroom learning or set as homework, Bedrock Vocabulary uses adaptive technology that adjusts to suit each student to ensure they maximise progress.
Teachers rate us because we offer a self-marking curriculum that delivers invaluable assessment data right into your inbox. This enables you to track the usage and progress of each student and immediately identify trends within the whole-school cohort. The data can also support questions around literacy teaching that may arise as part of Ofsted’s new inspection framework. And with students able to access our application independently online, there is no additional support required from teachers, freeing up valuable time.
Students can view their progress themselves in their account, which shows their scores for each topic as well as a knowledge organiser that shows words they have learned and are still learning, together with a record of certificates they have earned.
Parents find it easy to keep informed about their child’s progress at word-level detail – and embed their new knowledge during family conversations – via weekly emails that can be set up for free as part of each student account.
The Bedrock benefits are clear:
✓ Optimum progress is achieved with just two 20-minute lessons a week
✓ All learners make statistically significant progress (average 32% proven uplift in vocabulary knowledge)
✓ PP, EAL and SEN learners make exceptional progress
Bedrock in primary schools
Linked to the National Curriculum, our comprehensive Bedrock Vocabulary learning scheme supports the early development of strong reading skills and a broad vocabulary and helps you answer questions Ofsted may ask about your literacy teaching under its new Education Inspection Framework.
As they progress through it, your KS2 students explore a wide range of engaging cross-curricular fiction and non-fiction topics including the solar system, wonders of Egypt and the hot air balloon.
They are exposed to progressively more challenging vocabulary, in line with the pace of their individual progress. The ambitious words we teach include ‘gradually’, ‘apparent’ and ‘comply’ (see more detail on How does Bedrock work?); the benefits of this word-rich environment sow the seeds for success in KS3, KS4 and beyond.
When it comes to preparing for the Year 6 SATs – in which around 20% of questions in reading papers focus on vocabulary, specifically Tier 2 words – vocabulary becomes even more crucial. In previous KS2 SATs reading papers, we see these examples (in bold) of Tier 2 vocabulary:
The cat broke the universal rule of tree climbing. She resettled on the branch, considering her options.
Nearly twenty-two hours later, the exhausted man staggered onto French soil at Calais and became an instant hero.
Students of all abilities make strong progress with Bedrock Vocabulary, with those requiring SEN support typically learning the most new words.
Bedrock in secondary schools
Our Bedrock Vocabulary curriculum continues to be linked to the National Curriculum during KS3 and KS4 and can support questions Ofsted may ask about how your school teaches literacy.
Many of our schools find a particular advantage of Bedrock is the ability it allows students to learn independently and at their own pace, either in school or as homework; as a self-marking curriculum, it also saves you valuable time.
KS3 students are helped become GCSE-ready with a focus on cross-curricular Tier 2 academic verbs to help them feel confident about new texts. As they progress through our blocks at their own pace they will encounter fiction and non-fiction topics such as the legend of Troy, wacky and wonderful scientists and apartheid, and new vocabulary including ‘controversy’, ‘audacious’, ‘irascible’ and ‘punitive’.
By KS4 they will learn advanced tier 2 vocabulary that’s critical for success in their GCSE studies right across the curriculum. The rise of social media, the Berlin Wall and the climate crisis are among the topics they will study, with academic verbs taught including ‘formulate’, ‘diagnose’, ‘decipher’ and ‘juxtapose’.
In previous GCSE papers across the curriculum, we see these examples (in bold) of Tier 2 vocabulary:
The value of a television depreciates by 20% each year. At the end of 2014, the TV was worth £280. How much was it worth in 2010? (Example Maths text)
The World Health Organisation defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. (Example Biology text)
In addition to our core Bedrock Vocabulary curriculum, for KS4 students we also offer the first of our GCSE Literature schemes, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde English Literature GCSE – a comprehensive, interactive scheme of learning that covers the assessment objectives for GCSE English Literature and is designed to complement students’ classroom studies.
You can find more information on how Bedrock can help boost your students’ literacy and confidence in What is Bedrock Learning?, How does Bedrock work?, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde English Literature GCSE and Success stories.
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