Expanding children’s vocabulary

Add to My Folder

This content has not been rated yet. (Write a review)

By Christine Jenkins

Specialist tutor and freelance educational writer

Give these activities a go and see if you can inspire your children to broaden their vocabulary.

Expanding vocabulary


From an early age, most children love to learn and use new vocabulary, often delighting in impressing others by including a particular favourite word at every opportunity. As toddlers, children learn new words almost daily, and by the age of three, most children will know between 1000 and 2000 words. But the thirst for acquiring language need not end with the Early Years. Children in Key Stage Two will relish the chance to broaden their vocabulary and use new words, often the longer or more unusual the better!

Moreover, helping children to widen their vocabulary is beneficial to both their reading and their writing. The National Curriculum states:

‘deliberate steps should be taken to increase pupils’ vocabulary’

(NC 2014 English)

Subscriber-only content

Scholastic Resource Bank: Primary - subscribe today!

  • Over 6,000 primary activities, lesson ideas and resources
  • Perfect for anyone working with children from 5 to 11 years old
  • Unlimited access – only £15 per year!