Put together, unsorted by gender, and these are a good set of words, if a little Americanised. But sorted into gendered sets they’re appalling. And betray how peculiar our gender expectations are. Why shouldn’t boys make sentences about friends and ice-cream and clothes? Why shouldn’t girls make sentences about the moon and a ghost and some trees?
What’s the word oddly omitted from the national literacy strategy for years one to three?
Seriously, please go read the whole thing because it is awesome in every sense of the word.