Why is Vocabulary so Important?

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You may have been told or read somewhere, how a strong vocabulary is important for child development, but do you know why? 

According to the National Curriculum in England (2014-2015) “command of vocabulary is key to learning and progress across the whole curriculum.”

In fact, a strong vocabulary forms the foundation for good spoken and written communication skills. When children know more words, this increases their understanding, allowing them to communicate in greater detail and express their wants and ideas more clearly. 

With this ability to express themselves clearly, children can build friendships easier, as such vocabulary impacts not just academic understanding, but social skills too!

If a child has a limited vocabulary or struggles to expand their vocabulary, this leads to poor comprehension and limited learning. A child may act out in class as they don’t understand what’s being explained to them, or they may act out physically with their peers if they cannot express themselves verbally. Children with limited vocabulary will most often not progress academically as quickly as their peers without difficulties, as they are at risk of wider language weaknesses and reading comprehension difficulties, which will impact upon their educational achievement.


At ChatterBug, we provide support for schools and training for education and childcare professionals, to ensure children are given the best possible chance of reaching their academic and social potential. Without an effective intervention, children often fall behind, struggling with education and even limiting their future employment opportunities. 

The ChatterBug Vocabulary Approach is based on a strong theoretical model that takes into account that word knowledge is based on a knowledge of: the sound, meaning, grammar and context of that word. This is supported by a use of colours to promote understanding, learning and provide a more engaging experience. 


The framework can be used as part of a whole class approach for all children or taught in small groups and also be used for pre-teaching vocabulary. This approach also uses pre and post screens to evaluate to what extent the child’s word learning skills have improved over the programme. 

On completion of this training, attendees will be trained in the ChatterBug Vocabulary Approach and will be able to immediately start delivering this intervention approach within their settings, either one-to-one, in small groups or as a whole class approach. This approach can be used with children as young as 4! 


Join us for our virtual training ChatterBug Vocabulary Approach, February 26th 2021 13.00-15.00.


For more information, or to secure your place on this upcoming course, click here.

Don’t forget! We’re offering 50% OFF  this course for existing customers throughout lockdown!

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