Primary Schools Receive Their Dictionaries
Year 5 pupils in several Waveney Valley Primary Schools were presented with Dictionaries4Life during Octoberthumbnail view
During October 2017, the Diss Waveney Rotary members presented nearly 300 books to year 5 pupils in eight local schools.
Each book comprises 1,000 illustrations, 10,000 entries and 20,000 definitions printed in full colour and is a combination of dictionary and encyclopaedia. It has a user’s guide, parts of speech, writing English hints, English Today and a history of our language and recommended web sites. It includes the vocabulary of the Internet age. By using dictionaries efficiently children explore spellings, meanings and derivations for example by using alphabetical order, abbreviations and definitions with understanding. One of the most positive aspects of being able to use a dictionary is that it helps to develop autonomy and confidence in the learner — one of the core goals of education. It promotes books and the printed word. It will be a “possession” for the child. It will enable both first and second language users to extend and improve the accuracy of their vocabulary. It should help children with their homework in secondary education. In some homes it may also form a reference work for all the family. 5.2million adults in the UK are functionally illiterate and are unlikely to be able to help their children with their homework.
At a special ceremony at each school, the books were presented by Diss Waveney President Janet Turner and other members of the club. “Elsewhere in the county these books have been proved to have advanced literacy rates noticeably”, said Mrs Turner, “and we wanted to help our local children also, particularly because Literacy is one of Rotary’s key emphases for social advancement”.