Focus Words

It is important that students learn, understand and regularly use the words and phrases that are commonly used in specific subject areas. We call these Focus Words. Each classroom has a list of focus words on the wall that are relevant to the subject being taught and by using these more often our students will in turn gain a more fluent understanding of the subject.

Click on the subject area below to see a list of relevant focus words.

Art

Colour
Tone
Line
Shape
Space
Pattern
Form
Texture
Research
Experiment

Business

Team Strengths
Team Weaknesses
Cash Flow
Planning
Environment Scanning
Ethical Decision Making
Problem Solving

Drama

Concentration
Co-operation
Control
Neutral
Still Image
Facial Expression
Body Language
Movement
Balance
Space
Gesture
Levels
In role
Hot-Seating
Unison
Canon
Eye-contact
Characterisation
Monologue
Purpose
Physical Theatre
Abstract
Naturalism
Status
Spontaneous
Improvisation

English

Audience
Purpose
Text Type
Form
Structure
Presentational devices
Language devices
Textual evidence
Evaluate
Interpretation
Analysis

EAL (English as an Additional Language)

Read
Write
Repeat
Describe
Discuss
Spell
Use
Ask
Answer
Highlight

Food Technology/Hospitality

Prototype
Hygiene
Hazards
Quality Control
Equipment
Microscopic
Nutritional
Product analysis
Evaluate
Specification
Cross contamination
Bacteria

ICT (Information Communication Technology)

Purpose
Target audience
Appropriate
Evaluate
Annotate
Text
Graphics
Animation
Feedback
Multimedia

Humanities

Interpretation
Source
Global
Distribution
Reliable
Cause
Consequence
Effect
Location
Evidence
Social
Economic
Political
Rights and responsibilities
Case-study

Maths

Evaluate
Show
Calculate
Identify
Simplify
Match up
Create
Analyse
Design
Predict

MFL (Modern Foreign Languages)

Compare
Deduce
Association
Tone
Grouping
Understand
Explain
Structure
Create

Music

Soundscape
Hook
Riff
Verse
Chorus
Ostinato
Structure
Arrangement
Tempo
Software

Resistant Materials

Brief
Situation
Analysis
Specification
Initial design
Development
Final design
Evaluation testing
Industrial process
C.A.D. (Computer Aided Design)
C.A.M. (Computer Aided Manufacture)
Materials

PE (Physical Education)

Cardiovascular
Warm-up
Footwork
Defending
Attack
Developing skills
Acquiring
Selecting
Applying
Strategies
Exercise
Benefits
Health
Tactics
Endurance
Dribbling
Dodging
Evaluate
Defense
Decision-making
Analyse
Outwit
Invasion
Performance

Science

Variable
Valid
Reliable
Evidence
Precise
Data
Model
Phenomena
Context
Synthesise
Abstract idea
Analyse
Evaluate
Justify
Suggest
Interpret
Explain

Textiles

Material
Sewing Machine
Weaving
Design
Stitching
Applique
Patterns
Needle & Cotton
Iron
Maquettes