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Jargon Buster

Below is a list of words and phrases commonly used in education. Selecting them will reveal their definitions:

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A TA or EA is a Teaching Assistant or Education Assistant, also known as a Classroom Assistant. The TA/EA Helps the qualified teacher in the classroom on a permanent or occasional basis.
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These qualifications are all about the world of work, across the full range industries and professions. BTEC and City & Guilds courses are the most common, taking in everything from Apprenticeships and NVQs (more hands-on), to certificates and diplomas (more classroom based).

Further information is avaliable on our Vocational Qualifications page.

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Number bonds are simple addition sums that your child will (eventually) memorise.
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A number line is a line with numbers on it. Used to teach maths by providing a visual representation of numbers.
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A number sentence is an arrangement of numbers and symbols e.g. 6 + 5 = 11 or 6 ÷ 2 = 3 (used to be referred to as a sum, but this is misleading, as it doesn’t always mean adding up.)
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Partitioning is method of working out maths problems by splitting the numbers into simpler units.
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Blending is combining individual sounds together to pronounce a word, e.g. t-r-a-p when blended reads trap.
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Digraphs are letters that represent a single sound. For example, 'sh'.
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A grapheme is the written representation of a sound. For example, the shape you make when you write a letter 'e'.
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Guided reading is a method of teaching that involves reading with children in small groups so that their individual needs can be met.
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