Mrs Wordsmith

Mrs Wordsmith

Mrs Wordsmith

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What is Mrs Wordsmith ?

A consistent approach to raising English standards Wordsmith is a fully-integrated programme for reading comprehension, speaking and listening, grammar and writing, designed to ensure progress for every child. Wordsmith provides you with a consistent approach to teaching with detailed planning to help you improve results in English. The joy of reading aloud is central to Wordsmith. All of the texts in Wordsmith have been selected for their quality, power and teaching potential and are the very best models for children’s own writing.

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Age Range5-7, 8-10
LanguagesEnglish
AccessibilityModerate features
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RequirementsInternet - Low BandwidthInternet - High BandwidthDesktop - MacDesktop - WindowsDesktop - LinuxMobile - iPhoneMobile - iPadMobile - Android

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We offer valuable getting started PDF guides for teachers and parents. Tutorial videos, resources and an online interactive planning tool all support teachers in class preparation and teaching. We also offer several professional development courses designed to help teachers maximise the learning benefits on offer using this product. Users can further benefit from blogs, resources, webinars and conversations ongoing in our Pearson Schools Community.

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Certified Pedagogical Quality

Certified by Education Alliance Finland, 06/2018

EAF Evaluation is an academically-backed approach to evaluating the pedagogical design of a product. EAF evaluators assess the product using criteria that covers the most essential pedagogical aspects in the learning experience.
Passive
Active
The Narrative Journey provides well-designed and pedagogically pre-curated materials to the learners. The product gives instructions and encouragement to move forward as every day or week there are new words and activities for learners. In order to progress the learner is required to use the new words and actually understand the meaning of them.
Rehearse
Construct
The learning is based on the ability to adapt the new words that the product delivers. The words are carefully explained in different ways and presented with engaging pictures. Learners get to rehearse the words with simple workbook exercises.
Linear
Non-linear/Creative
The Narrative Journey provides accurately predictable learning outcomes as the learned words are predetermined. The product offers two different ways to explore the new words - a 5-minute daily practice or one lesson per week.
Individual
Collaborative
The Narrative Journey provides classroom activities that can be done with other learners but it is possible to do the activities on one's own. Learners can share their creations with others in a classroom.

Learning goals

Certified by Education Alliance Finland

The supported learning goals are identified by mapping the product against the selected reference curriculum and soft skills definitions most relevant for the 21st century.

  • Apply their growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes (morphology and etymology), as listed in English Appendix 1, both to read aloud and to understand the meaning of new words that they meet.
  • Read further exception words, noting the unusual correspondences between spelling and sound, and where these occur in the word.
  • Apply their growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes (etymology and morphology) as listed in English Appendix 1, both to read aloud and to understand the meaning of new words they meet.
  • Read most words quickly and accurately, without overt sounding and blending, when they have been frequently encountered.
  • Read further common exception words, noting unusual correspondences between spelling and sound and where these occur in the word.
  • Read words containing common suffixes.
  • Read accurately words of two or more syllables that contain the same graphemes as above.
  • Read accurately by blending the sounds in words that contain the graphemes taught so far, especially recognising alternative sounds for graphemes.
  • Continue to apply phonic knowledge and skills as the route to decode words until automatic decoding has become embedded and reading is fluent.
  • Read words with contractions [for example, I’m, I’ll, we’ll], and understand that the apostrophe represents the omitted letter(s).
  • Read other words of more than one syllable that contain taught GPCs.
  • Read words containing taught GPCs and –s, –es, –ing, –ed, –er and –est endings.
  • Read common exception words, noting unusual correspondences between spelling and sound and where these occur in the word.
  • Read accurately by blending sounds in unfamiliar words containing GPCs that have been taught.
  • Respond speedily with the correct sound to graphemes (letters or groups of letters) for all 40+ phonemes, including, where applicable, alternative sounds for graphemes.
  • Apply phonic knowledge and skills as the route to decode words.
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding.
  • Practicing to notice causal connections
  • Learning to build information on top of previously learned
  • Practicing to look things from different perspectives
  • Creating requirements for creative thinking
  • Practicing to use arts as a way to express
  • Practicing letters, alphabets and written language
  • Practicing to observe spoken and written language
  • Practicing categorization and classification
  • Learning to plan and design own written content and textual representations
  • Learning the basics of spelling
  • Practicing logical reasoning to understand and interpret information in different forms
  • Learning to acquire, modify and produce information in different forms
  • Use the relationship between particular words to better understand each of the words.
  • Acquire conversational, general academic, and domain specific words and phrases.
  • Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.
  • Link opinion and reasons using words, phrases, and clauses
  • Link ideas within and across categories of information using words, phrases, and clauses
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language
  • Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases.
  • Use context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
  • Spell grade-appropriate words correctly, consulting references as needed
  • Choose words and phrases to convey ideas precisely.
  • Correctly use frequently confused words
  • Demonstrate understanding of words antonyms and synonyms.
  • Determine the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
  • Link ideas within categories of information using words and phrases
  • Use words and phrases acquired through conversations to describe.
  • Use knowledge of the meaning of individual words to predict the meaning of compound words.
  • Sort words into categories to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.
  • Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs differing in manner and adjectives differing in intensity.
  • Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds.
  • Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
  • Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
  • Identify real-life connections between words and their use.
  • Distinguish the literal and nonliteral meanings of words and phrases in context.
  • Distinguish shades of meaning among related words that describe states of mind or degrees of certainty.
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
  • Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
  • Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to convey experiences and events.
  • Analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
  • Use words, phrases, and clauses to clarify the relationships among claim(s) and reasons.
  • Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings
  • Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
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Last updated 26th January 2023
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