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Our English worksheets and activities accompany the Oxford English Dictionary for Schools.  The Oxford English Dictionary for Schools is a unique KS3 dictionary covering all secondary curriculum words and example sentences from the best children's books included in the dictionary entries.
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Activity 1 - What is in your dictionary?

Activity 2 - Headword Hunt
Activity 3 - Guide words
Activity 4 -  Pronunciation
Activity 5 - Word classes
Activity 6 - Finding the definition
Activity 7 - More than one meaning
Activity 8 - Same spelling
Activity 9 - Register
Activity 10 - Subject labels
Activity 11 - How to use this word
Activity 12 - New words
Activity 13 - Word origins
Activity 14 - Latin words in English
Activity 15 - Latin words in French
Activity 16 - Greek and Latin word race
Actvity 17 - Early English
Activity 18 - Old English
Activity 19 - Norman Conquest
Activity 20 - French words in English
Activity 21 - Words from Europe
Activity 22 - Words from all over the world
Activity 23 - American English
Activity 24 - Australian English
Activity 25 - Digging out the roots
Activity 26 - Compound words
Activity 27 - Word families
Activity 28 - Blending words
Activity 29 - Clipping
Activity 30 - Prefixes
Activity 31 - More prefixes
Activity 32 - Suffixes
Activity 33 - Abbreviations and acronyms
Activity 34 - Who's Who?
Activity 35 - Synonyms
Activity 36 - Antonyms
Activity 37 - Odd one out
Activity 38 - Unusual words
Activity 39 - Language of horror
Activity 40 - Colours
Activity 41 - Collective nouns
Activity 42 - Describing stories
Activity 43 - Creating characters
Activity 44 - Overused words
Activity 45 - Language of legends
Activity 46 - Literature and poetry
Activity 47 - Dramatic language
Activity 48 - Computing vocabulary
Activity 49 - Homophones
Activity 50 - More homophones
Activity 51 - Confusables
Activity 52 - Spelling
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