Bedrock Vocabulary

Bedrock Vocabulary is an online programme that helps students learn new vocabulary. It will help them learn the increasingly complex language they will encounter in text books, lessons and exams. The programme introduces students to tier 2 and 3 vocabulary such as “discourse”, “reprove” and “demeanour” (R.L. Stevenson; ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’). Knowledge and application of tier 2 and 3 vocabulary is vital for being able to access GCSE questions, source material and answers not only in English (as demonstrated through the vocabulary from ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’, one of our prescribed texts), but also in all subjects as written questions and answers are also being utilised in Maths, Science and Humanities subjects.

The best way for students to learn new vocabulary is to experience it frequently and in varied ways. Each week students will need to complete a minimum of two Bedrock lessons. These will be set as part of their English homework.

By completing 2 lessons a week, Bedrock Vocabulary enables students to:

    • engage with aspirational, academic language
    • read high quality fiction and non-fiction every week
    • practise reading comprehension every week
    • learn vocabulary in a way that they can begin using it in their own writing

If any problems arise when using the programme or logging in, students should click the "support" button and fill in the form with as much detail as possible. An email response from the Bedrock support team will be sent to their school email address.

Log into your Bedrock account via their website:

Below is a parents' guide to Bedrock Vocabulary which should answer any questions parents may have.

Bedrock Vocabulary Guide for Parents and Carers.pdf