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by jenny
Tue Oct 13, 2009 7:15 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Toe by Toe
Replies: 64
Views: 8813

At some point, phonics adherents have to start asking "Why does a program like "Letters and Sounds" fail the bottom 20%?" Let's give Letters and Sounds a chance! Despite some shortcomings it is the best attempt we have had at establishing a national programme of teaching initial reading. Anecdotal e...
by jenny
Mon Oct 05, 2009 7:14 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Multi-cueing and non-decodable first books in school (UK)
Replies: 15
Views: 7060

Thers is no MUST about it. This is guidance only. There is very little that is statutory in schools about HOW things should be taught. Indeed if schools can demonstrate that the MAJORITY of pupils are achieving it is highly unlikely that Ofsted will take a great deal of interest in methods. LA offic...
by jenny
Mon Oct 05, 2009 7:06 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Autism Spectrum Disorders and Reading Instruction
Replies: 6
Views: 3519

Most of the ASC pupils I have taught have had no problems in learning to read (mechanically)- even the most 'classically' autistic boy. Many of them were hyperlexic and learned to read without SP- in fact in a couple of cases I don't know HOW they learned to read- they virtually taught themselves- b...
by jenny
Fri Oct 02, 2009 6:30 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: DCSF's Literacy Plus: Wave 2 intervention programme for KS3
Replies: 4
Views: 1299

Is there any particular reason you are using the Holborn test? I don't think it has been standardised for many years and there are so many better tests around- word and sentence. Do you feel that it is a particularly accurate test of decoding ability?
by jenny
Wed Sep 30, 2009 6:13 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Teaching 'comprehension'
Replies: 3
Views: 1178

Rubbish! How can you comprehend if you can't read something in the first place?
by jenny
Tue Sep 29, 2009 7:10 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Teaching 'comprehension'
Replies: 3
Views: 1178

Absolutely correct. Many children who are accurate readers are poor comprehenders because they have such poor receptive vocabularies/understanding of grammar and limited life experiences. Comprehension is as much about prior knowledge as it is about reading ability. Witness hyperlexic autistic child...
by jenny
Tue Sep 29, 2009 7:07 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES: Is dyslexia a middle-class badge for illiteracy?
Replies: 126
Views: 17736

Mona I entirely agree with you. I have taught children in years 5 and 6- not in my present school- whose only 'strategy' when encountering an unknown word was to look at the first letter and guess. This habit was virtually impossible to break.
by jenny
Mon Sep 28, 2009 6:54 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES: Is dyslexia a middle-class badge for illiteracy?
Replies: 126
Views: 17736

Jenny- that is exactly the point I am making! He was recognising them by their overall appearance rather than by any kind of analysis- but then I have known children who have learned an initial sight vocabulary of words in a similar way and who could not recognise the words when they were written in...
by jenny
Mon Sep 28, 2009 3:27 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES: Is dyslexia a middle-class badge for illiteracy?
Replies: 126
Views: 17736

My own son developed a 'sight vocabulary' by the age of 3. It included 'Boots', 'Woolworths' 'cafe' 'Volvo' and lots of other words he saw around him in the environment. He had a huge repetoire of these but was only remembering them as logographs- not a sufficient basis for learning to read!
by jenny
Thu Sep 24, 2009 8:48 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES: Is dyslexia a middle-class badge for illiteracy?
Replies: 126
Views: 17736

My son has a doctorate in medical genetics and although I would not pretend to understand much about the subject I do know that it is laughably simplistic to talk aout a 'dyslexia gene'. The likelihood is that a large number of genes are implicated and it is the unfortunate combination of weaknesses...
by jenny
Wed Sep 16, 2009 6:10 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Before and after stories
Replies: 169
Views: 21291

Surely getting bogged down in the discussion about the order that graphemes are introduced to children is unnecessary? The point is that it is the principles of SP that are important- that children are taught, from the start, to use efficient decoding strategies. In our school L and S is used in all...
by jenny
Mon Sep 14, 2009 7:19 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Information, please
Replies: 4
Views: 1274

The level 4 pupil must be officially 'gifted and talented' - very rare but not unknown- I don't know what test used must have been but remember that KS1 results are now based on teacher assessment (possibly using APP materials) with test results used to 'inform judgements'. The school may also have ...
by jenny
Fri Aug 28, 2009 12:42 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES: critics say KS1 results cast doubt on synthetic phonics
Replies: 19
Views: 3404

What a typically kneejerk, unscientific response! 1 Most schools have NOT been using SP for two full years- many are STILL not using it 2 What many people don't realise is that in order for a school to achieve a satisfactory value added score at the end of KS2- which is what schools are increasingly...
by jenny
Sat Jan 17, 2009 8:42 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: MP says 'Dyslexia is a Myth'
Replies: 93
Views: 17855

I think that most people working in the field of dyslexia in this country would argue that reading speed is one of the primary signs of the condition. All of the screening tests are timed and even learners who are very accurate decoders will be identified as being dyslexic if they read below a certa...
by jenny
Sat Jan 17, 2009 8:34 pm
Forum: Purely Practical Posts -no politics!
Topic: Skillful decoder. Misreads the SMALL, non-content words.
Replies: 9
Views: 6767

I don't really see how the notched card would help here with irregular words although I find it very useful for pupils who guess at decodable words. My own theory about these kinds of errors is that they arise as a result of the child being given a collection of 'tricky' words to learn as sight word...