Support Your Child's Reading
As a parent, you can support your child's reading at home.
Simple things like reading together and visiting your local library (click here to find your nearest Idea Store) can improve your child's reading and encourage them to read for pleasure.
For more useful tips, click on the link below.
You might also find our Reading Lists at the bottom of this page useful, as each one lists age appropriate books in different genres.
Word of the Week 2022-23
1. W/C 5th September 2022
Destitution – noun. Poverty so extreme that one lacks the means to provide for oneself.
2. W/C 12th September 2022
Propaganda – noun. Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view.
3. W/C 19th September 2022
Patriarchy – noun. A system of society or government in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it.
4. W/C 26th September 2022
Voracious – adjective. Engaging in an activity with great eagerness or enthusiasm.
5. W/C 3rd October 2022
Abolish – verb. Formally put an end to a system, practice, or institution.
6. W/C 10th October 2022
Urbanisation – noun. The increase in the proportion of people moving from rural areas to live in towns and cities.
7. W/C 17th October 2022
Perspective – noun. A particular attitude towards or way of regarding something; a point of view.
8. W/C 31st October 2022
Evaluation – noun. The making of a judgement about the amount, number, or value of something; assessment.
9. W/C 7th November 2022
Probability – noun. The extent to which something is likely to happen or be the case.
10. W/C 14th November 2022
Omniscient – adjective. Knowing everything.
11. W/C 21st November 2022
Gradient – noun. An increase or decrease in the magnitude of a property (e.g. temperature or pressure) observed in passing from one point or moment to another.
12. W/C 28th November 2022
Remorse – noun. Deep regret or guilt for a wrong committed.
13. W/C 5th December 2022
Posture – noun. The position in which someone holds their body when standing or sitting.
14. W/C 12th December 2022
Familial – adjective. Relating to or occurring in a family or its members.
15. W/C 19th December 2022
Suffragette – noun. A member of an activist women's organisation in the early 20th century who fought for the right to vote in public elections.
16. W/C 2nd January 2023
Tessellation – noun. An arrangement of shapes closely fitted together, especially of polygons in a repeated pattern without gaps or overlapping.
17. W/C 9th January 2023
Genome – noun. The complete set of genes or genetic material present in a cell or organism
18. W/C 16th January 2023
Ageism – noun. Prejudice or discrimination on the grounds of a person's age.
19. W/C 23rd January 2023
Deforestation – noun. The action of clearing a wide area of trees.
20. W/C 30th January 2023
Hazardous – adjective. Risky; dangerous.
21. W/C 6th February 2023
Bisect – verb. Divide into two equal parts.
22. W/C 20th February 2023
Diametrically – adverb. Two things that are the complete opposites.
23. W/C 27th February 2023
Ocular – adjective. To do with the eyes or vision.
24. W/C 6th March 2023
Phalanx – noun. A body of troops or police officers standing or moving in close formation.
25. W/C 13th March 2023
Vacillate – verb. Waver between different opinions or actions; be indecisive
26. W/C 20th March 2023
Utopia – noun. An imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect.
27. W/C 27th March 2023
Levity – noun. The treatment of a serious matter with humour or lack of due respect.
28. W/C 17th April 2023
Aghast – adjective. Filled with horror or shock.
29. W/C 24th April 2023
Derelict – adjective. In a very poor condition as a result of disuse and neglect.
30. W/C 1st May 2023
Invective – noun. Insulting, abusive, or highly critical language
31. W/C 8th May 2023
Mawkish – adjective. Sentimental in an exaggerated or false way.
32. W/C 15th May 2023
Eminent – adjective. A person who is famous and respected within a particular sphere.
33. W/C 22nd May 2023
Assiduous – adjective. Showing great care and perseverance.
34. W/C 5th June 2023
Wherewithal – noun. The money or other means needed for a particular purpose.
35. W/C 12th June 2023
Uncouth – adjective. Lacking good manners, refinement, or grace.
36. W/C 19th June 2023
Behest – noun. A person's orders or command.
37. W/C 26th June 2023
Finicky – adjective. A person who is fussy about their needs or requirements.
38. W/C 3rd July 2023
Iconoclastic – adjective. Criticizing or attacking cherished beliefs or institutions.
39. W/C 10th July 2023
Brandish – verb. Wave or flourish (something, especially a weapon) as a threat or in anger or excitement.
40. W/C 17th July 2023
Epitome – noun. A person or thing that is a perfect example of a particular quality or type.