Word Power: Amplifying vocabulary instruction is a new book by Kelly Ashley, outlining the 'how' and 'why' of high-quality vocabulary instruction in the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.  This unique approach to vocabulary learning has been developed and refined, drawing on evidence of what works and synthesising the impact of Word Power strategies used in primary schools across the UK since 2016.  The Word Power approach is built around the following foundational ideas:

1. UNLOCK word and world knowledge
2. POWER-UP expressive and receptive vocabulary
3. CHARGE and RECHARGE language to strengthen word memory over time

Word Power offers ready-to-use ideas to empower pupils as they explore, investigate and discuss vocabulary, in context, whilst also building teachers' subject knowledge of how to help pupils unlock the power of words.  Word Power is NOT a 'word of the day' resource, but rather a dynamic tool with advice and evidence-informed ideas for analysing new words encountered - helping pupils to understand how to harness and effectively utilise the words encountered for different purposes.

The heart of the Word Power approach are the eight Power-Up word learning strategies, each linked to the exciting WORD POWER LEAGUE of vocabulary superheroes, perfect for engaging pupils in word learning:
  • PHONEME PHANTOM to Power-Up phonology - hearing and manipulating sounds and syllables; articulating and emphasis; reading aloud and performance; orally rehearsing for writing
  • GRAPHIC GUARDIAN to Power-Up graphology - letter formation, shape and directionality; anchoring familiar patterns with repeated practise; building strength and stamina for writing
  • SPELLING SPY to Power-Up orthography - using a range of spelling strategies; visual memory of spelling patterns; identifying the 'tricky' part of words when editing and proofreading
  • PROFESSOR PERSONAL to Power-Up personal inks - gathering new words from reading to use in writing; asking and answering questions to build word knowledge; activating inference skills
  • CAPTAIN CONNETOR to Power-Up connections - using a dictionary and/or thesaurus to connect words related in meaning; making connections between the new and the known; connecting language and ideas across the curriculum
  • MEANING MASTERMIND to Power-Up meaning in context - exploring word meaning in context (teaching through text); investigating multiple meanings of words in different contexts; choosing and using words to build word depth
  • MORPHEME MARVEL to Power-Up morphology - exploring morphemes (e.g. root words, prefixes, suffixes); spotting words with familiar morphemes when reading to support comprehension; using morphology as a spelling strategy
  • DOCTOR DERIVATION to Power-Up etymology - exploring the social, historical, cultural and/or religious significance of words; understanding semantic shift (how words have changed in meaning over time); investigating words borrowed from other languages
Each Word Power League superhero has three gadgets and/or special features to help pupils remember different strategies for powering up word knowledge.  In addition, the book details explicit curriculum and assessment links for Foundation Stage, KS1 and KS2 for all of the Power-Up strategies, supporting planning and clarifying progression in knowledge, alongside practical approaches for strengthening each strategy. With the expert help enlisted by the superheroes of the Word Power League, learners will be well-equipped to amplify vocabulary learning!

Word Power: Amplifying vocabulary instruction will be available from August 2019.  To reserve  your copy or to book Word Power CPD for your school or organisation for the 2019-20 academic year, contact @kashleyenglish via Twitter or email kellyashleyconsultancy@outlook.com 


Coming soon! Download images of the Word Power League of superheroes for classroom display.