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by Elizabeth
Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)
Replies: 32
Views: 5063

Re: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)

Thank you for clarifying your position, Jenny. It makes sense.
by Elizabeth
Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)
Replies: 32
Views: 5063

Re: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)

First I should say that these messages and Jenny’s careful study of Clark’s book, are very important. We must keep challenging misleading reports on research evidence. However, speaking personally, I am uncomfortable with the notion that research evidence is the only valid basis for deciding on the ...
by Elizabeth
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Baseline Line Assessment at Start of School
Replies: 0
Views: 282

Baseline Line Assessment at Start of School

It has been announced that the new reception baseline assessment in England is to be developed by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). A baseline assessment for four and fiver year olds is controversial. See more details at https://www.nfer.ac.uk/pdf/baseline-assessment.pdf I am ...
by Elizabeth
Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading Schemes - "Decodable" or "Look and Say"?
Replies: 4
Views: 1672

Re: Reading Schemes - "Decodable" or "Look and Say"?

I was looking for something else and came across the previous message from a year ago. I am sorry I did not respond to it at the time.

"An Alternative to Book Bands for Beginner Readers" can be found here:

http://rrf.org.uk/2017/03/28/an-alterna ... r-readers/
by Elizabeth
Sat Apr 07, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)
Replies: 32
Views: 5063

Re: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)

Here is a link to the chapter Jenny commented on, so anyone who is interested can read it without buying the book and think for themselves about what Jenny wrote: Does Phonics Deserve the Credit for Improvement in PIRLS? Stephen Krashen, In Margaret Clark (Ed) Teaching Initial Literacy http://www.sd...
by Elizabeth
Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phonics in Cameroon
Replies: 1
Views: 633

Phonics in Cameroon

http://universallearningsolutions.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Jolly-Phonics-in-Cameroon.pdf A pilot of the Jolly Phonics programme in the teaching of reading and writing of English in Cameroon Conclusions: Through this evaluation it has been determined that the synthetic phonics approach of teach...
by Elizabeth
Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Michael Rosen's Reading Revolution
Replies: 3
Views: 925

Re: Michael Rosen's Reading Revolution

About Michael Rosen’s statistics. I didn’t note exactly what he said at the conference, so I have copied from his blog at http://michaelrosenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/17-of-children-good-at-phonics-but-not.html Here are some raw stats about the present year 3 children in state schools in England: ...
by Elizabeth
Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Michael Rosen's Reading Revolution
Replies: 3
Views: 925

Michael Rosen's Reading Revolution

On 23rd November (2017) I went to the conference, “Michael Rosen’s Reading Revolution” at Goldsmith’s University. I forgot to check the numbers of people attending, but I guess it was in the low hundreds. Francis Gilbert introduced each speaker and we were told he was the driving force behind the co...
by Elizabeth
Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading Schemes
Replies: 2
Views: 804

Re: Reading Schemes

Thank you for that explanation, Jenny.
by Elizabeth
Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Importance of Sustained Reading
Replies: 4
Views: 992

Re: Importance of Sustained Reading

I agree about the importance of sustained reading for all the reasons Geraldine mentioned. And I agree that those who promote synthetic phonics for teaching basic reading and writing skills should make it clear that it is a foundation after which other aspects of reading follow, for example sustaine...
by Elizabeth
Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading Schemes
Replies: 2
Views: 804

Reading Schemes

I visited a school with a large staff where they have had training in a good synthetic phonics programme. Only one person there, who is responsible for phonics, already understood what was involved. That person is newer and younger than most of the staff. They have numerous books to practise reading...
by Elizabeth
Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Jim (James) Curran's phonics foundations acknowledged
Replies: 4
Views: 1082

Re: Jim (James) Curran's phonics foundations acknowledged

It's wonderful to know what Jim has done and to see it recognised. He is an inspiration to us all!
by Elizabeth
Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Children who enjoy reading over three years ahead
Replies: 7
Views: 1477

Re: Children who enjoy reading over three years ahead

There are undoubtedly good readers who don't much like reading, but I have never met a poor reader who loves reading.
by Elizabeth
Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Children who enjoy reading over three years ahead
Replies: 7
Views: 1477

Re: Children who enjoy reading over three years ahead

Here's another quote from (http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/news/7856_children_s_reading_enjoyment_levels_reach_record_high, 1st June 2017)): Children’s reading enjoyment levels reach record high New research we have published today reveals that three-quarters (78%) of primary school children enjoy r...