vibrant…

My dream is to own a Hockney – I’m a Yorkshireman, and his vibrant colours are a good example of how the north-country people are vibrant and colourful:-
Brian Blessed.
Vibrant is the word of the week and it means: spirited or lively or full of life. It also means striking, rich, intense or brilliant… I always think that if something is vibrant, it is bursting withย life, full of a lively atmosphere…
Our other words include: effervescent ( bubbly, fizzy or full of enthusiasm) bellowed (shouted loudly) reluctant (when you don’t want to do something) resistance (which again, is when you are trying to stop something from happening) and alternative (when there is a different choice…so an alternative to orange juice may be lemon juice…)

Resilient or resilience…

I think that resilient must be my favourite word of this term! It is a very old word from the Latin language (same spelling: resilient) and it means: being able to recoil or spring back into shape after bending, stretching, or being compressed…but when you are talking about people being resilient, it means: being able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions…

If bad things happen to you and you are resilient, then you can just pick yourself up and get on with it…which is a great quality to have.

I have willpower and determination. I am very resilient, like rock: Carnie Wilson.

Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it is less good than the one you had before: Elizabeth Edwards.

I would imagine that every parent and every teacher would love their children to be resilient – to have resilience ๐Ÿ™‚

Our other words are: ingratiating, extend, insistent, impolite and sincerely.

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Inevitable…

If something is inevitable, it means that it is bound to happen, or it is sure to happen – it is inescapable or unavoidable.

  • Failure at some point in your life is inevitable, but giving up is unforgivable:- Joe Biden.
  • It seems inevitable that the magic of the written word will fade:- Hugh Mackay.
  • It was inevitable that Jude would go to sleep eventually:- Joe Brian

I really liked the word pseudonym today – it means when someone uses another name, rather than their own…if they are an author and they use a different name on their book for example…

I nearly forgot in assembly that Mrs Bentley’s class had prefix as their word of the week – and we use a prefix to change the meaning of a word, so ‘happy’ becomes ‘unhappy’ if you use the prefix ‘un’.

Persistent was a good word for last week, when we had persistent rain because it means constant, continual or never-ending… (The rain was persistent last week ๐Ÿ™ )

Apprehensive was nearly my word of the week – it means anxious, alarmed, worried or uneasy…You might feel apprehensive before an interview for a job for example.

We also had influence, which means to have an effect or to change something. So one person can influence another by making them change their behaviour (for better or worse!)ย We had concoct, which means to make a plan or to put different ingredients together to make a meal…and finally, colloquial which means informal – so you might use formal language if you were writing a letter or speaking to someone important, but you might use colloquial language if you were with your mates…

 

Initiative…

I was really excited to be doing a very tough test with my Y6 children when the question asked about the word, ‘meander’ and all my children jumped up and got excited because they had seen the word in our word of the week earlier this term ๐Ÿ™‚
“Initiative is doing the right thing without being told” – Elbert Hubbard.
I really like this quotation for our word of the week. Using your initiative means thinking and acting for yourself without being told. So if you see something that needs doing, you do it. It also means to start things, to initiate things…
“You’ve got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference.” Chris Evert.
Initiative is something that we would like all children to have – if you have some initiative you might use these words in your writing…
The other words (which we will have talked about in our assembly) are:
plausible (believable or likely)
surge (a sudden, powerful forward movement)
zealous (passionate or impassioned or devoted)
medieval (relating to the middle ages)
sacrifice (giving something up)
anthropic (being associated with humans)
divine (delightful or of a god)
Let’s see who uses their initiative and blogs tonight ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Expression…

I have chosen expression as the Word of the Week as I felt so bad about forgetting to say it in assembly and the Y3 class (Giraffes) looked so disappointed ๐Ÿ™

Expression can have lots of meanings: when you read something nicely, you tend to read with expression. You can express your happiness by laughing, you can express anger by shouting…You can have a sad expression on your face… and an expression can be a saying, like ‘it never rains but it pours…’ and in maths, if you wrote 4x + 5 = 7, that would be an expression.

  1. He read the poem with lots of expression.
  2. The Headteacher expressed his displeasure by frowning.
  3. My sister had a puzzled expression on her face.
  4. ‘Many a mickle makes a muckle’ is an odd expression!

Albert Einstein said: It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge…

Winston Churchill said: ‘No comment’ is an excellent expression. I am using it again and again…

Amongst our other words, we had resume, deposited, recognise, spectacular, rhododendron and invisible – let’s see how many we can use ๐Ÿ™‚