Hi there My lower set writing group has a group of about five or six children who have made little progress since Sept (certainly not enough to merit a sublevel anyway). They have in common poor secretarial skills (to greater and lesser degrees) which we have spent a MASSIVE amount of time on this year; and poor vocabulary. As a 'final push', I am planning to have these children go out for intervention with a TA for two days. One focusing purely on grammar and secraterial stuff, the other focusing on vocab enrichment. The former I am fine with - plan to have them do small pieces of writing where they look in detail at their personal use of punctuation etc. I am struggling with the improving vocab though. The children who have a wide vocab (and use it) in my class, tend to be the ones who have good verbal skills and who read widely. Some of the weaker children don't have/do either. I have spent a good deal of time this year playing vocab building games/Pie Corbett stuff etc, We spend loads of time editing writing and changing pedestrian language choices to 'better ones', but it just doesn't seem to have made a difference. What do you do to improve vocabulary in your children's writing?