Over the 2012-2013 academic year we had a Word of the Week displayed in the classroom. The word changed each week and the children were encouraged to make use of it in their writing. Along with this we looked for 'new' words in reading books, finding out their definitions and being able to extend the words used in all writing.
Our focus was on extending vocabulary and 'using more interesting words'.
The 40 words we used can be found here.