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Word of the Week

What is Word of the Week?

Each week our Literacy team will focus on an interesting or unusual word, wherever possible the Word of the Week is linked to current affairs and activities happening in school.

Form tutors should ensure that students write the Word of the Week in their Homework Planner to act as a reminder and to prompt students to challenge their vocabulary.

We aim to encourage discussion around vocabulary and language, students spotted using the Word of the Week might be awarded SMART rewards for their efforts.

Monday 14th December – Friday 18th December 2015


  • Adjective
  • Showing great attention to detail or correct behaviour

Monday 14th December – Friday 18th December 2015


  • Noun
  • A basic principle, rule, law, or the like, that serves as the groundwork of a system; essential part.

Monday 14th December – Friday 18th December 2015


  • Noun
  • Relating to or characteristic of a particular season of the year.

Monday 7th December – Friday 11th December 2015


  • Noun
  • The action or process of preparing or being prepared for use or consideration.

 Monday 30th November – Friday 4th December 2015


  • Noun
  • Medicine is a field which requires dedication and perseverance.

Monday 23rd November – Friday 27th November 2015


  • Noun
  • A serious disagreement or argument.

Monday 16th November – Friday 20th November 2015


  • Noun
  • Victimisation – an act that exploits or victimizes someone (treats them unfairly)victimisation – an act that exploits or victimizes someone (treats them unfairly); “capitalistic exploitation of the working class.

Monday 9th November – Friday 13th November 2015


  • Verb
  • have in or be able to bring to one’s mind an awareness of (someone or something from the past).

Monday 2nd November – Friday 6th November 2015


  • Noun
  • (in a sport or game) a series of contests between a number of competitors, who compete for an overall prize.

Monday 19th October – Friday 23rd October 2015


  • Noun
  • An important assignment given to a person or group of people, typically involving travel abroad. The vocation or calling of a religious organisation, especially a Christian one, to go out into the world and spread its faith.

Monday 12th October – Friday 16th October 2015


  • Noun
  • The imparting or exchanging of information by speaking, writing, or using some other medium.

Monday 5th October – Friday 9th October 2015


  • Adjective
  • Attractive and impressive through being richly colourful or sumptuous

Monday 28th September – Friday 2nd October 2015


  • Adjective
  • Occurring or appearing at regular intervals.
  • Recurring at intervals of time.

Monday 13th July – Friday 17th July 2015


  • noun
  • the shining of the sun; direct light of the sun.
  • a place where the direct rays of the sun fall.
  • brightness or radiance; cheerfulness or happiness.
  • a source of cheer or happiness.

Monday 6th July – Friday 10th July 2015


  • noun
  • any of several plants regarded as turning with the movement of the sun.
  • a European plant, Croton tinctoria, of the Mediterranean region that yields a purple dye
  • the dye extracted from this plant.

Monday 29th June – Friday 3rd July 2015


  • noun
  • attainment of anything desired; realization; accomplishment
  • enjoyment, of something attained or realized.

Monday 22nd June – Friday 26th June 2015


  • adjective
  • open to or having several possible meanings or interpretations.
  • of doubtful or uncertain nature; difficult to comprehend, distinguish, or classify.

Monday 8th June – Friday 12th June 2015


  • adjective
  • strictly correct in amount or value
  • strict in observance of rules, standards, etc.
  • designing a certain thing and no other; particular: “this precise location”
  • using or operating with total accuracy: “precise instruments”

Monday 18th May – Friday 22nd May 2015


  • noun
  • Contemplation of the past, a survey of past time, events etc
  • To look back in thought, refer back to, contemplate
  • You may have heard the phrase, “in retrospect”
  • This word could also be the origin for the slang term “retro”
  • How many syllables does this word have?

Monday 11th May – Friday 15th May 2015


  • noun
  • the use of more words than are necessary to express an idea
  • a redundant word or expression
  • a word or phrase that is superfluous
  • This word is a derivative of pleonázein to be or have more than enough
  • STUDENTS: During your exams it is easy to get caught up and use too many words. Concentrate and make sure you don’t use more words than are necessary.

Monday 4th May – Friday 8th May 2015


  • noun
  • a public declaration of intentions, opinions objectives or motives. Usually issued by a government, sovereign or organisation
  • Manifesto comes from the word manifest; which means to show plainly or make something clear
  • You’ll be hearing this word a lot this week in the lead up to the 2015 UK General Election
  • Try to think about a personal manifesto. What are your intentions?

Monday 20th April – Friday 24th March 2015


  • noun
  • anything that has been transmitted from the past or handed down by tradition.
  • something inherited at birth, such as personal characteristics, status and possessions.
  • the evidence of the past, such as historical sites, buildings and the unspoilt natural environment.

Monday 23rd March – Friday 27th March 2015


  • verb
  • to give vitality and vigour to; animate; brace; refresh: To fill with life and energy; energize.
  • to be invigorated by fresh air

Monday 16th March – Friday 20th March 2015


  • noun
  • small pieces, bits
  • ‘blown to smithereens’
  • little shattered pieces or fragments

Monday 9th March – Friday 13th March 2015


  • verb
  • to cause to be puzzled or bewildered over what is not understood or certain; confuse mentally: Her strange response perplexed me
  • to make complicated or confused, as a matter or question
  • to hamper with complications, confusion, or uncertainty

Monday 2nd March – Friday 6th March 2015


  • Noun
  • a person who loves or collects books, especially as examples of fine or unusual printing or binding

Monday 23rd February – Sunday 1st March 2015


  • Noun
  • the practice of performing charitable or benevolent actions.
  • love of mankind in general.
  • devoted to helping needy persons or to other socially useful purposes.

Monday 9th February – Sunday 15th February 2015


  • Noun
  • A card or message, or a token or gift sent by one person to another on Valentine Day, sometimes sent anonymously.
  • A sweetheart chosen or greeted on Valentine’s Day.
  • Saint Valentine, died c270 AD, a Christian martyr.

Monday 2nd February – Sunday 8th February 2015


  • Noun
  • a short account of a particular incident or event, especially of an interesting or amusing nature.
  • a short, obscure historical or biographical account.

Monday 26th January – Sunday 1st February 2015


  • Noun
  • a gift or statement made in acknowledgment, gratitude, or admiration.
  • a payment by one ruler or state to another, usually as an acknowledgment of submission.
  • the obligation to pay tribute.

Monday 19th January – Sunday 25th January 2015


  • Noun
  • A prediction, especially in relation to the weather.
  • The current weather forecast shows a possibility of overlying cloud and snow flurries. 
  • To plan in advance.
  • To serve as an early indication of something.

Monday 5th January – Sunday 11th January 2015


  • Noun
  • (with capital letter) a Christian festival, observed on January 6, celebrating the visit of the three magi to the infant Jesus.
  • an appearance or manifestation, especially of a deity.
  • a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something.

Monday 15th December – Sunday 21st December 2014


  • Noun
  • A festive celebration or occasion.
  • Festivities, festive events or activities “the festivities of Christmas”
  • Merriment characteristics of a festival or party.

Monday 8th December – Sunday 14th December 2014


  • Adjective
  • Free from commotion or tumult; peaceful, calm, quiet  “a tranquil country place.
  • Free from or unaffected by disturbing emotions; unagitated, serene, placid “a tranquil life.”

Monday 24th November – Sunday 30th November 2014


  • Noun
  • A dashing manner, style, swagger
  • Grand or flamboyant style: flair
  • “They presented their fresh and playful ideas with panache”
  • An ornamental plume of feathers or tassels, usually worn on a hat

Monday 17th November – Sunday 23rd November 2014


  • Noun
  • An ambitious and aspiring young person
  • “the aspirants for the job had yet to prove themselves”

Monday 10th November – Sunday 16th November 2014


  • A monument honouring a dead person or persons buried elsewhere
  • The Cenotaph, a monument in Whitehall, London honouring the dead from both World Wars

Monday 3rd November – Sunday 9th November 2014


  • Noun
  • The process of burning
  • Violent excitement
  • Chemistry – a chemical process in which two compounds react together to produce heat and light

Monday 20th October – Sunday 26th October 2014


  • Adjective
  • Talented at creating with the imagination. “Here is an inventive way to…”
  • Characterized by inventive skill: an inventive programme of work of or relating to invention having the function of inventing. “It comes up with wonderfully inventive   product designs”

Monday 13th October – Sunday 19th October 2014


  • Verb
  • To meditate or think on. Ponder or muse over.
  • “She started to ruminate constantly about what she might have done differently.”
  • To chew again or over and over.

Monday 6th October – Sunday 12th October 2014


  • Adjective
  • Cannot be subdued or overcome.
  • Difficult or impossible to defeat.
  • Unconquerable

Monday 29th September – Sunday 5th October 2014


  • Noun
  • Short poem in which the intial letters of the lines, taken in order, spell a word of phrase.
  • A number of lines of writing, such as a poem, certain letters of which form a word or proverb.

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