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Ambitious Vocabulary Wall

To promote the use of ambitious vocabulary in spoken and written language, each class will select a word to become their 'Word of the Day'. The word may come from the guided reading or reciprocal reading sessions, a word that a child has come across in their reading books or subjects from the wider curriculum. Time is spent discussing each word in turn and the children are encouraged to use their 'Words of the Day' within their learning.


In each Star Award assembly, each class will share their chosen 'Word of the Week' along with the meaning and you can see what the children have selected so far this school year below.

  • delicious
  • topsy-turvy
  • vanished
  • explore
  • experimental
  • discuss
  • having a pleasing taste or smell
  • in utter confusion or disorder
  • disappeared
  • to go looking for something
  • trying out new, untested ideas
  • talk about something
  • elegant
  • bizarre
  • villain
  • necessary
  • fled
  • Dear
  • hatching
  • showing elegance and grace
  • out of the ordinary
  • an evil person, criminal
  • absolutely needed, needed to be done
  • to get away quickly
  • a word used to begin a letter
  • when an egg is breaking open to let the chick out


  • selfish
  • prowl
  • scuffled
  • plodded
  • despicable 
  • perished
  • spontaneous
  • snaggle


  • lacking consideration for other people; only thinking about yourself
  • to move around slowly and secretly
  • moved in a hurried, confused or awkward way
  • to move in a slow and tired way
  • deserving hatred or contempt
  • extremely cold
  • suddenly occuring
  • a tangled or knotted mass
  • occurred
  • constantly
  • plundered
  • longed to
  • hesitated
  • mighty
  • vanish
  • significant
  • horrified
  • frantically
  • grateful
  • happened/to have just thought of something
  • without change
  • to take goods by force
  • really wanted to do something
  • to hold back in doubt or indecision
  • possessing might; powerful
  • to entirely disappear
  • having consequence or important
  • to cause or feel horror (intense shock or disgust)
  • in a hurried, excited, or disorganized manner.
  • feeling or showing an appreciation for something done or received.
  • awkward
  • toccata
  • cultivate
  • infamous
  • definition
  • frantic
  • haggle
  • immortal
  • comical
  • splendid
  • tranquility
  • difficult to deal with
  • a musical composition for a keyboard instrument
  • to prepare or prepare and use for the raising of crops
  • being famous for doing something wrong
  • the meaning of a word
  • done and arranged in a hurry
  • to bargain or argue over
  • never dying; living forever
  • causing laughter
  • magnificent; very impressive.
  • the quality or state of being tranquil; calm.
  • curiosity
  • devastating
  • courageous
  • recite
  • ascending
  • resounding
  • ancient
  • inhabitant
  • bail
  • biffed 
  • a need to know or learn something
  • causing great damage or harm
  • the tackle something that frightens one; bravery
  • saying or repeating something aloud
  • rising or increasing
  • to be full of sound
  • very old, existing for many years
  • a person that occupies a space
  • release or secure the release of (a prisoner) 

  • strike (someone) roughly or sharply with the fist

  • wager
  • wharf
  • board
  • airily
  • caressing
  • executed
  • loch
  • sullen
  • hermit
  • something (such as money) risked on an uncertain event
  • an area in which a ship may be moored to load and unload
  • to get onto a ship, aircraft, train or bus
  • in a lively or breezy manner
  • to touch or stroke gently
  • to put to death by law
  • a Scottish lake
  • bad tempered and sulky
  • a person living in solitude 
  • fiasco
  • consistent
  • locomotive
  • discombobulated
  • orientation
  • circumnavigate
  • utterly
  • arrogantly
  • monotheistic


  • dilapidated 
  • a complete and ridiculous failure
  • acting or done in the same way over time
  • a powered railway vehicle used for pulling trains
  • confused or disconcerted
  • to guide the reader to the purpose of a report
  • to sail or travel all the way around (something, especially the world)
  • to an absolute or extreme degree
  • having or showing too much pride; behaviour as though one is more important than others
  • belief that there is one God
  • in a state of disrepair or ruin as a result of age or neglect
  • scatterbrain
  • thunderous
  • inverse
  • upheaval
  • irk
  • artefact


  • rancid
  • a person who is forgetful, disorganised or unable to concentrate
  • to describe the volume at which a noise is produced
  • the opposite
  • a sudden, violent change
  • to irritate, annoy
  • an object made by a human being, typically one of cultural or historical interest.
  • smelling or tasting unpleasant as a result of being old and stale
  • valediction
  • loquacious
  • affliction
  • quatrain
  • contempt
  • scythe
  • tranquil
  • majestic
  • the action of saying farewell
  • tending to talk a great deal
  • a cause of pain or harm
  • a four line stanza in a poem
  • the feeling or expression of anger/disgust
  • an agricultural hand tool used for cutting grass
  • free from disturbance; calm.
  • having or showing impressive beauty or scale.