Bedrock is an online programme that helps students learn new vocabulary. In particular, it helps them to learn the tricky, subject-specific vocabulary that they will come across in lessons, text-books and exams. We’ve been using it for a while now with great success.
Although the Bedrock programme is delivered through English lessons, its key focus is to support literacy and vocabulary across the curriculum. Students will read texts from all subjects and also some texts that we don’t have time to cover in school as much as we’d like, such as Greek myths and legends.
We are now working on providing every parent with an access code – we are aiming to have sent these to every parent by half-term. When we sent out details of reading ages to KS3 before Christmas, for many students, a target to support their reading was to access Bedrock regularly. By providing parents with an access code, this will enable you to look at the kinds of texts and lessons your daughter is completing on Bedrock. You’ll be able to view her progress and you’ll be provided with lists of new words that she’s been learning so that you can encourage her to practice using this vocabulary. Learning new vocabulary works best when these words are used in everyday situations.
You will soon receive a letter with an access code to enable you to sign up. Please bear with us in sending these out – it is a time-consuming job! If you haven’t received one by half term, please contact me directly by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I can send it again.
I’ve included instructions to set up your parent login. We’ll also make these available on the school website in the reading section.
Setting up your parent login is very simple:
One of the best features of Bedrock is how user friendly it is. Here are some of the features that you may find helpful:
In addition, Bedrock has launched new levels to provide additional challenges either for students who have worked through all the levels or for those who are gifted and talented.
Curriculum Leader for English