Very Vibrant Vocabulary

This week we are looking at vocabulary and are calling our week ‘Very Vibrant Vocabulary’. We are looking at vocabulary in fun, exciting and interesting ways. This will take in both vocabulary for writing and vocabulary for maths.

The week’s activities will take in a bit of reading, a bit of watching (a video clip), a bit of research and to top it all off, the best bit, your amazing thinking.  



English Vocabulary Learning:

Watch the 10 minute challenge on Authorfy ( ), set by Sibeal Pounder (Author of Bad Mermaids and Witch Wars). In this challenge, Sibeal asks you to create your own animal mash-up and gives tips and advice on how you might do this.

Maths Vocabulary Learning

To start off our maths ‘vocab’ week we thought it would be a good idea to spend some time investigating what different words mean in a mathematical context. Please see the attached maths word sorting activity.

Vocabulary Sorting Activity


English Vocabulary Learning

Using your animal mash-up from yesterday (or one you found and really liked online!) create a mind map of interesting words you could use to describe your mash-up pet.

Here is my example:

Maths Vocabulary Learning

An introduction to 2D shapes. A street performer challenges children to make different shapes. The performer starts with a square piece of paper and asks a child to turn it into another shape. He challenges the children to make triangles, smaller squares and a star. Have a look to familiarise yourself with some of the really common 2D shapes.

The link above will bring you to a video presentation with questions all about 3D shapes and the vocabulary associated with them. It can be found by going through the TOP MARKS website we are all familiar with.



English Vocabulary Learning

Can you turn yesterday’s descriptive words into sentences about your mash-up pet?

The squox peered out of his burrow, his pointed ears alert to any sounds.

Life was challenging for the squox, for she was regularly toppling over from the weight of her expansive head.


Maths Vocabulary Learning

Using the PowerPoint to guide you, can you think of different ways you might see or different ways you might see the four operations said or written in a word problem. The symbols can be represented by many different words. How many can you think of?

Maths Vocab Question


English Vocabulary Learning 

How can you describe the characteristic of your mash-up pet? Complete a new mind map showing the personality traits.

e.g. Friendly, affectionate, amiable, well disposed

Jumpy, springy, athletic


Maths Vocabulary Learning

Now that you have become familiar once again with the vocabulary to do with shape, let’s look at some more maths vocabulary. Here is a list of some more maths specific words for you to explore.

Parallel, Intersect, equilateral, difference, product, change, array, sequence, greater, compare, divisor, estimate, equivalent, scalene.

Use the template below to record your learning if it helps. In the template you will see three columns. The left column is to draw a picture to show your thinking, the middle column is where the word you are learning about goes and the right hand column is where you can write the meaning or definition of the word you are investigating.

Understanding Vocabulary Maths Template


English Vocabulary Learning

Can you create a poster about your mash-up pet? Or maybe a ‘David Attenborough’ style video where you pretend to be observing your mash-up pet in its natural habitat?


Maths Vocabulary Learning

As you have been learning lots of new ways to say different mathematical words, it might be fun to begin to write some fun word problems using the new mathematical words we have learned about.

So let’s take the number sentence, 16 + 7 = ?

We can make a number sentence up to represent it.

Sixteen add seven equals what? Now turn it into a word problem. We could say: If I had sixteen sweets and Jenny gave me seven more, how many would I have altogether?

More is a different way of saying add and altogether is a different way of saying equals. See how I have used different words which mean the same thing! You can do it too!

Can you write a word problem for the following number sentences?

6 + 6 = ?

74 – 32 = ?

6 X 4 = ?

35 ÷ 7 = ?

If you feel like you want to make up your own, please do so. It’s up to you.

Have a great week everyone.

Stay safe and take care.

Mr Whitty