Word Bank (also called a vocabulary bank) is a list of key vocabulary words or phrases to support pupils’ writing. They may be subject-related or used for spelling.

What is a Word Bank?

Word banks (also called vocabulary banks) are visual teaching resources used to familiarise pupils with specific words. They’re most famous for use with KS1 and KS2 children.

As well as helping build a child’s vocabulary, word banks are valuable visual tools that can help to improve children’s spelling skills.

Although word banks can be short lists or glossaries, colorful and nicely designed vocabulary banks and word mats can make excellent display materials for the classroom.

Examples of Word Banks

Vocabulary banks are commonly used in English lessons to help children with their writing, but word banks are found in various subjects.

A word bank for Geography may include UK countries’ names. Therefore, it would consist of the following countries: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

In English, a teacher may create a word bank of alternative words for ‘said’ to help students make more inventive word choices. This vocabulary bank may include: shouted, begged, argued, spat, snarled, simpered, murmured, crowed, and sang.

In Maths, a vocabulary bank may help children understand some of the longer terms associated with Mathematics. For instance: multiplication, division, subtraction, Pythagoras, algebra, geometry, probability, and variables.

How to use Word Banks to help you teach

Words banks can be a fantastic way to introduce your pupils to new vocabulary words and build their literacy skills.

You may encourage your class to create their word banks. Then, whenever they come across a new word or one they like, have them add it to a list in the back of their books. You can even challenge them to use some new vocabulary bank words in their writing.

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