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by john walker
Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Recent blog post by Greg Brooks
Replies: 4
Views: 643

Re: Recent blog post by Greg Brooks

Hi Jenny, I'll be interested to see what you make of Clarke's new book. Have you ever come across Alison Clark, who writes the Spelfabet blog? She recently reviewed Clarke's Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning , which I feel sure must be the same. Here's the link: https://w...
by john walker
Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Recent blog post by Greg Brooks
Replies: 4
Views: 643

Re: Recent blog post by Greg Brooks

Well done, Jenny! What an excellent rebuttal.
Thank you and best wishes, John
by john walker
Tue May 17, 2016 1:42 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: NZ study finds no advantage in learning to read from age 5
Replies: 9
Views: 4198

Re: NZ study finds no advantage in learning to read from age 5

I agree with both Jenny and Derrie on this. However, I'd also point out that rather than waiting for 'readiness', I'm always encouraging teachers to aim their instruction at pupils' 'ripening functions', rather than what they can do independently. As I'm sure we all agree, young children can do far ...
by john walker
Sun Jan 17, 2016 12:51 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: National Literacy Trust 'explanation' of SP
Replies: 4
Views: 1108

Re: National Literacy Trust 'explanation' of SP

Hi Ken, I'm in favour of using language that is accessible to all. Although at a teachers' conference I would expect teachers to be using the 'jargon of the trade' and talking about 'digraphs', 'trigraphs' and 'phonograms', I think it's much better to use terminology that is likely to be understood ...
by john walker
Wed Dec 02, 2015 9:29 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Decodable Books
Replies: 8
Views: 1878

Re: Decodable Books

Pjay, I think you'll find that Dandelion Readers follow the order of sounds presented in Sounds-Write.
by john walker
Thu Sep 10, 2015 7:34 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Michael Rosen webchat wednesday 2nd Sept
Replies: 17
Views: 4220

Re: Michael Rosen webchat wednesday 2nd Sept

For practical tips, advice and lots more (the English writing system, etc.), why not visit The Literacy Blog: http://literacyblog.blogspot.co.uk/
Best wishes,
by john walker
Sat Sep 05, 2015 4:02 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Michael Rosen webchat wednesday 2nd Sept
Replies: 17
Views: 4220

Re: Michael Rosen webchat wednesday 2nd Sept

What a terrific response to the question! :grin:
by john walker
Wed May 20, 2015 2:59 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Anyone aware of Alphabet Babies
Replies: 2
Views: 1262

Re: Anyone aware of Alphabet Babies

I've just been looking at their video. About 40 odd seconds in you can see an alphabet chart. One of the spellings on it G g with a picture of a guitar. Presumably the <u> is silent!! :lol: But, given that they say it's taken four years to write, you'd think they'd have used 'goat' or 'glass', somet...
by john walker
Tue May 19, 2015 7:12 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: New non-fiction decodables by Elizabeth Nonweiler
Replies: 4
Views: 1818

Re: New non-fiction decodables by Elizabeth Nonweiler

Firstly, well done to Elizabeth for producing these decodable, informational texts. :grin: I've been arguing for years for the inclusion of more informational texts in children's reading. I normally have to wait until pupils are halfway through the Extended Code before introducing my favourite Kingf...
by john walker
Mon May 18, 2015 5:37 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Prof.Willingham's book on reading
Replies: 21
Views: 7356

Re: Prof.Willingham's book on reading

The review is right on the money. 'Silent letters', 'words that break pronunciation rules' [What?!] - all the contradictions of a print to sound approach are exposed. Which all goes to show: you can be a great cognitive psychologist and understand very well how children learn, but if you don't under...
by john walker
Fri May 01, 2015 8:46 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Michael Rosen's 'understanding' and protestation mystifying!
Replies: 7
Views: 1847

Re: Michael Rosen's 'understanding' and protestation mystifying!

Well done, Debbie! This is an excellent point-by-point critique of Rosen's piece. I suspect Rosen doesn't have quite the same influence he had a few years ago; nevertheless, it is still absolutely vital that his views are challenged at every step in order to mitigate the pernicious effect he may hav...
by john walker
Fri May 01, 2015 8:33 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phonics Works
Replies: 4
Views: 1257

Re: Phonics Works

Thanks, Jim.
by john walker
Fri May 01, 2015 8:30 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Elizabeth Nonweiller's response to Phonics Check critic
Replies: 1
Views: 787

Re: Elizabeth Nonweiller's response to Phonics Check critic

I'll second that, Geraldine! A very well-argued and restrained response, Elizabeth! :smile:
by john walker
Sun Apr 05, 2015 5:58 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Nick Gibb's speech to the RRF conference
Replies: 6
Views: 1985

Re: Nick Gibb's speech to the RRF conference

Dick Schutz :smile: is presently hotly engage in debate on this forum:
http://www.localschoolsnetwork.org.uk/2 ... ent-339779
by john walker
Wed Apr 01, 2015 3:59 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: RRF conference this Saturday
Replies: 9
Views: 2195

Re: RRF conference this Saturday

On Saturday at the conference, my Bose headphones dropped out of my rucksack, probably in the dining area, though it could have been in the auditorium. Apparently, someone made an announcement asking if anyone had lost them when I wasn't in the room. Does anyone have any knowledge of their whereabou...