We have invested in a wonderful online programme called Bedrock. This is an online programme where your child can access both non-fiction and fiction texts to improve their reading skills and learn new vocabulary that will enhance the way they read, speak and write across all of their subjects.
As your child progresses through the Bedrock curriculum, they will study hundreds of new words. Research has shown that there is a direct link between a student’s vocabulary size and their academic achievement. Children with a wider vocabulary make faster progress at school, in further education and beyond. Narrow vocabularies affect directly students’ grades. Following the two national lockdowns, helping students to improve and widen their academic vocabularies is essential if standards and outcomes are to improve.
Students are expected to complete a minimum of 20 points every week. Your child will need to leave 24 hours between each online lesson as the program is designed to develop memory retention. When students first log in they will be asked to complete an alpha test. This must be completed on their own as it means that the programme is designed around them.
Please log in to the website using the widget on the homepage and have a look around. Your child’s English teacher will go through this in class with them but there are guides for parents and carers on the school website too.
How can parents help?
- Sit through one Bedrock lesson with your child. You’ll get a clear idea of how long it should take them and the level they should be working at.
- If you have not done so already, create your Bedrock parent account.
- Check the Vocab Notebook and the recent activity report to monitor your child’s progress. Congratulate them when they complete a topic- this will keep them motivated through the next one!
Kings Langley Competition
Students who earn the most Bedrock points every week will be automatically entered into the Kings Langley Bedrock Prize competition. There are many Amazon vouchers to be won.
If you have any further questions about this programme, then please direct them to Mrs. Butt on firstname.lastname@example.org.