Literary Canon Blog

VA CA TION

A holiday, especially between school or college terms. Originally it referred to the students and staff emptying out of the school or college buildings between terms.

Vacans – empty (Latin).

ate – to make into, become, put into action.

tion – act, process, result of.

We decided to re-visit this ‘Word of the day’ as it is our last day of the summer term.

We hope you have an enjoyable summer ‘vacation’, stay safe and see you all in September.

Take care from Mrs Dyson and Mrs Williams.

SUMMER LITERACY CHALLENGE - SHORT STORY COMPETITION WINNER ANNOUNCED!

A huge thank you to all the students who entered our recent Short Story competition.  Each entrant was entered into a free prize draw for a chance to win a set of six brand new novels to read over the summer holidays and I am delighted to announce that Alissa Vergara in 7F was our worthy winner.  

Alissa’s story was entitled “Are you satisfied now?”,  a horror story set in a school classroom.  (If you would like to read Alissa’s story, please email Mrs Williams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive a copy by email).

Congratulations, Alissa - your prize is on its way!

RE VI SION

The act or result of looking at something again, such as subject notes in preparation for an exam. A revision can also mean making a change to something, i.e. ‘we revised our trip itinerary when snow was forecast’.

Re – again, back.

vis – seeing (vid).

sion – act, process, result of something.

Link words:

Invisible, Improvise, Television, Visit, Review, Reaction.

I DEN TI FY

To find out, recognise or show the characteristics of something or someone.

Idem – the same (Latin).

ity – state of.

fy – to make into, become, put into action.

Link words:

Identity, Identical.

Identifying something involves recognising features that are always the SAME. Identifying with something involves recognising the SAME features in ourselves.  

COM PARE

To look at two or more things closely in order to see what is similar or different about them, or in order to decide which one is better.

Co/com – together, with, altogether.

par – equal.

Link words:

Incomparable, disparage, disparity, nonpareil.