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by volunteer
Tue May 19, 2015 5:54 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Anne Glennie TESS article 'Bring on the reading wars'
Replies: 9
Views: 5045

Re: Anne Glennie TESS article 'Bring on the reading wars'

Yes, it's a good article. The other thing that strikes me about the answer to what to do next when a child is reading "slowly and stiltedly" is to think about whether this is actually a problem at the stage that they are at and to realise that, depending on the nature of "slow and stilted", it might...
by volunteer
Tue May 19, 2015 1:28 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Fair criticism of SP practitioner theory by Elsiep?
Replies: 17
Views: 8223

Re: Fair criticism of SP practitioner theory by Elsiep?

That's a very interesting blog. I'm not Elsiep, or Logicalincrementalism, and I don't know what the reference to the 1950s is about but, I think that the statement she made on there about some SP practitioners is true in my experience. But it's not exclusive to SP practitioners. It's always tempting...
by volunteer
Fri May 01, 2015 11:18 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Michael Rosen's 'understanding' and protestation mystifying!
Replies: 7
Views: 4771

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

Yes, Kestrel, I loved that too. It has so many applications I can see that I will be using it quite frequently.
by volunteer
Wed Apr 29, 2015 11:24 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Butterfly School
Replies: 8
Views: 4384

Re: Butterfly School

Yes, I agree. I hope you are accepted and find it very rewarding. Please tell us on another thread how things are going at school if you can.
by volunteer
Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:43 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: KS2 SATs re-sits Pros and Cons
Replies: 6
Views: 3327

Re: KS2 SATs re-sits Pros and Cons

I agree too. My children go to a small primary school in a wealthy area. The intake is in the lowest category of FSM and SEN. Every year there are children who struggle with reading. They did not take up the match funding despite offers of the "school part" from some parents and the PTA. Here is one...
by volunteer
Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:09 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Michael Rosen's 'understanding' and protestation mystifying!
Replies: 7
Views: 4771

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

Great stuff, Debbie. I like his books but nothing else. Presumably he is in pre-election mode at the moment. I still can't forget a few years back, around the time of the introduction of the phonics check, he was stating that there were headteachers who were throwing away real books because of the d...
by volunteer
Thu Feb 26, 2015 3:53 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Primary schools rated 'Good' or 'Outstanding'
Replies: 27
Views: 14230

Re: Primary schools rated 'Good' or 'Outstanding'

Thank you - and my apologies for my very simplistic summary. I see your point about the government line versus what a programme might include. However, I found that some programmes did not go as far as letters and sounds did together with "support for spelling" in ks2. Now these documents are archiv...
by volunteer
Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:43 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Primary schools rated 'Good' or 'Outstanding'
Replies: 27
Views: 14230

Re: Primary schools rated 'Good' or 'Outstanding'

Interesting development in this thread. Apologies for being very simplistic. To summarise, there are two schools of thought here - that phonics programmes and maybe a more advanced phonics check should cover the advance code or that they should only do so if there is a research evidence basis for do...
by volunteer
Fri Jan 16, 2015 6:59 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ofsted
Replies: 4
Views: 2724

Re: Ofsted

Quite. I sometimes wonder where their brains have gone.

It's a bit like the old auditors' joke - if two pieces of paper have the same number on it must be right.
by volunteer
Mon Jan 12, 2015 2:16 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Kindles
Replies: 1
Views: 1741

Re: Kindles

Yes - it's just a basic e-reader - no games, apps, internet access. The reduced cost of books / number of free books soon outweighs the purchase price. It hasn't been banned on the grounds of it being too expensive to have in school ( some children's trainers cost more than that now anyhow!) but tha...
by volunteer
Sun Jan 11, 2015 11:42 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Kindles
Replies: 1
Views: 1741

Kindles

My 10 year old is allowed to read on her Kindle at school in personal reading time. My nearly 9 year old at the same school is not.
by volunteer
Thu Jan 08, 2015 7:24 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Key Stage 1 assessment
Replies: 16
Views: 6050

Re: Key Stage 1 assessment

Yes. This is the last year that year 2 will be assessed the old way.
by volunteer
Thu Jan 08, 2015 10:47 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Key Stage 1 assessment
Replies: 16
Views: 6050

Re: Key Stage 1 assessment

There is a document produced for schools / teachers each year on how to do the KS1 assessments. It's got the words Assessment and Reporting Arrangements somewhere in the title and is known as the "ARA". I think it says something along the lines of the wording someone else higher up the thread used -...
by volunteer
Wed Jan 07, 2015 12:57 pm
Forum: Purely Practical Posts -no politics!
Topic: Remote phonics coaching
Replies: 4
Views: 5761

Re: Remote phonics coaching

Someone who offers this posted on the general board within the last couple of months or so.
by volunteer
Wed Jan 07, 2015 12:12 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Other strategies' for word identification
Replies: 50
Views: 16561

Re: 'Other strategies' for word identification

There is a lot of truth in the saying that "A picture is worth a thousand words". If you go on holiday to Greece then you are very dependent on the pictures on signs. The Greeks realise that most tourists can not read their signs so there are plenty of pictures as well as a lot of English/ Greek si...