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by pjay
Wed Nov 25, 2015 11:02 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Decodable Books
Replies: 8
Views: 4627

Re: Decodable Books

I don't use them myself but I understand that Dandelion books follow the phonic progression in Letters and Sounds.
by pjay
Sun Jun 14, 2015 5:22 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Light-touch, phonics-based check' for Y1 children
Replies: 159
Views: 115179

Re: 'Light-touch, phonics-based check' for Y1 children

I will, again,be administering the check in my school. The DfS has made it very clear this year that the security of the test materials must be ensured. I am pleased at their insistence on this as in previous years the contents of the test have become available on the internet after the first day of...
by pjay
Sun May 31, 2015 4:04 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Dyslexia not linked to eyesight, says study
Replies: 7
Views: 5510

Re: Dyslexia not linked to eyesight, says study

I am very sceptical about visual explanations for 'dyslexia'. As someone who is probably as 'undyslexic' as it is possible to be- learned to read in a matter of weeks aged four, English graduate who reads at speed - I nevertheless have scotopic sensitivity and find reading from a screen or certain t...
by pjay
Fri Apr 10, 2015 6:37 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Poorer children fall behind in literacy 
Replies: 2
Views: 1715

Re: Poorer children fall behind in literacy 

I find this completely unsurprising. In my job I have contact with a number of day nurseries some of which are considered to be very good. If I were a young parent, knowing what I know I would never leave a young child in any one of them on a full time basis. The staff whilst well intentioned are pa...
by pjay
Wed Apr 08, 2015 5:17 pm
Forum: Purely Practical Posts -no politics!
Topic: Handwriting books
Replies: 7
Views: 7012

Re: Handwriting books

We have had amazing success with the Apples and Pears programme from the Promethean Trust.
by pjay
Wed May 28, 2014 10:24 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Heather F's blog
Replies: 6
Views: 5175

Re: Heather F's blog

I find the history of reading instruction fascinating but I think it often took a long time for changes in methods to filter through to the 'chalk face'. My opinion is that many schools in the past found a method that suited them and in which they invested resources. For decades this took the form o...
by pjay
Wed May 28, 2014 1:42 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Heather F's blog
Replies: 6
Views: 5175

Re: Heather F's blog

An interesting account of the reading wars Maizie but I think you overestimate the timing and extent of the influence of the views of experts on practice at ground level. I taught in several good primary schools throughout the 70s and 80s. Reading was invariably taught through the use of a scheme. I...
by pjay
Mon Feb 17, 2014 5:48 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Speak to your baby.
Replies: 13
Views: 5272

Re: Speak to your baby.

I find this tragic! The idea that any parent needs to be told to talk to their child and interact in other ways is an indictment of our society. My parents and grandparents, who all left school by the age of 14, spent hours talking to us, playing games and reading to us. Maybe that's why we all beca...
by pjay
Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:39 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: LondonCentreforPedagogy blog: phonics in new NC
Replies: 11
Views: 3640

Re: LondonCentreforPedagogy blog: phonics in new NC

Interesting to read John's post. As someone working day in day out with children with similar levels of difficulties I thought how useful it would be if there was a forum for those of us engaged in hands on tuition of such pupils. The academic arguments whilst interesting are so far removed from the...
by pjay
Sun Jan 05, 2014 6:12 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Old Andrew' blogs: Phonics Denialism and Rational Debate
Replies: 73
Views: 17922

Re: 'Old Andrew' blogs: Phonics Denialism and Rational Debate

Toots is right.We have to allow teachers to modify programmes in the light of their knowledge of their own pupils. Fidelity to a programme IS important but assessment for learning-ie determining the pace of learning and the amount of repetition and reinforcement needed must be possible. There is a d...
by pjay
Wed Sep 11, 2013 6:53 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Making Homework Smarter
Replies: 2
Views: 1941

Re: Making Homework Smarter

A friend of mine tried to make homework more positive last year: he sent home games and activities designed to involve parents in their child's learning and to provide pratice in the basic skills in a fun way. Result- complaints from parents (middle class/ professional some of them) that they hadn't...
by pjay
Wed Sep 04, 2013 7:22 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Educational Underclass
Replies: 20
Views: 6509

Re: Educational Underclass

I had an interesting insight today. Two children both of whom scored 40 in the Y1 phonics test. Child 1 has been assessed as reading, by an experienced class teacher, at one whole NC level (3 sub levels) higher than the other. Why? Child 1 is from an articulate home and has very advanced speech and ...
by pjay
Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:12 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: ADHD Drugs Don't Boost Kids' Grades
Replies: 8
Views: 3673

Re: ADHD Drugs Don't Boost Kids' Grades

I agree Volunteer. In my previous job I saw many children 'diagnosed' with ADHD on the basis of checklists and a very cursory observation in clinic by a paediatrician. A close friend has a child who has a diagnosis of ADHD and drugs did make a difference-until he decided in his teens that the side e...
by pjay
Sat Aug 17, 2013 2:21 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: ADHD Drugs Don't Boost Kids' Grades
Replies: 8
Views: 3673

Re: ADHD Drugs Don't Boost Kids' Grades

We've always discouraged parents from rushing to a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD having seen just how easy it is to get this diagnosis and the medication. They are usually reassured that we will do everything we can to accomodate them in school. In only a very few cases (currently 2 children in a school of ...
by pjay
Sat Aug 10, 2013 9:31 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Research concerning lower socio-economic groups and EAL
Replies: 5
Views: 2580

Re: Research concerning lower socio-economic groups and EAL

I can certainly supply you with plenty of (anecdotal) evidence of the success of SP with EAL pupils but please be careful of conflating EAL and disadvantage. Although many of our EAL pupils come from homes that may be 'disadvantaged' in economic terms they come from supportive families who need no c...