Oxford Dictionaries

Oxford Dictionaries

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Illuminate language and bring literacy to life with the Oxford Dictionaries from Hope Education. The new editions of these classroom staples are an invaluable resource for clarifying the meaning of words, discovering new vocabulary and strengthening spelling skills.

Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2

Year 4, Year 6, Year 3, Year 1, Year 2, Year 5

  • English
  • Reading – word reading
  • Reading – comprehension
  • Writing – transcription
  • Writing – composition
  • develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by: discussing word meanings, linking new meanings to those already known
  • spell: common exception words
  • spell: the days of the week
  • develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by: discussing and clarifying the meanings of words, linking new meanings to known vocabulary
  • consider what they are going to write before beginning by: writing down ideas and/or key words, including new vocabulary
  • make simple additions, revisions and corrections to their own writing by: proofreading to check for errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation (for example, ends of sentences punctuated correctly)
  • spell by: learning to spell common exception words
  • spell by: distinguishing between homophones and near-homophones
  • develop positive attitudes to reading, and an understanding of what they read, by: using dictionaries to check the meaning of words that they have read
  • evaluate and edit by: proposing changes to grammar and vocabulary to improve consistency, including the accurate use of pronouns in sentences
  • spell further homophones
  • spell words that are often misspelt - see English appendix 1
  • use the first 2 or 3 letters of a word to check its spelling in a dictionary
  • spell some words with ‘silent’ letters [for example, knight, psalm, solemn]
  • continue to distinguish between homophones and other words which are often confused
  • use knowledge of morphology and etymology in spelling and understand that the spelling of some words needs to be learnt specifically, as listed in English appendix 1
  • use dictionaries to check the spelling and meaning of words
  • use the first 3 or 4 letters of a word to check spelling, meaning or both of these in a dictionary
  • proofread for spelling and punctuation errors
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