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by chew8
Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning' (ed. M. Clark)
Replies: 43
Views: 11186

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

I’ve now read the whole of the Clark book: ‘Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Literacy Learning’. I’d be interested in any comments from others who have read it. See also the thread headed ‘Recent blog-post by Greg Brooks’. Nick Gibb is repeatedly criticised in the book for his enthusiasm ...
by chew8
Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Recent blog post by Greg Brooks
Replies: 4
Views: 2317

Re: Recent blog post by Greg Brooks

The Clark book arrived today - I had already read what was available on line, but have so far read only the Brooks chapter and one other (Gardner) in the hard copy. I'll focus here on the Brooks chapter, in keeping with the title of this thread. 1. He writes that the 2006 Torgerson, Brooks and Hall ...
by chew8
Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading standards in England are best in a generation
Replies: 2
Views: 1307

Re: Reading standards in England are best in a generation

You beat me to it, Jim!

These results should give pause for thought to the critics who have been saying that harm rather than good has been done by more emphasis on phonics and by the Phonics Screening Check in particular.

Jenny C.
by chew8
Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Recent blog post by Greg Brooks
Replies: 4
Views: 2317

Re: Recent blog post by Greg Brooks

Thanks, John. The Brooks blog-post seems to be a potted version of a chapter by him in a new book edited by Margaret Clark (of 'Young Fluent Readers' fame). I've now ordered the book, so should soon be able to see what he and all the other contributors say.

Jenny C.
by chew8
Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Recent blog post by Greg Brooks
Replies: 4
Views: 2317

Recent blog post by Greg Brooks

This blog post by Prof. Greg Brooks has appeared on the website of the Australian Association for Research in Education: http://www.aare.edu.au/blog/?p=2577 Below are some extracts with my comments in bold: So who needs to be taught phonics and when? Some children are enabled to bridge that gulf by ...
by chew8
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: New report from Ofsted
Replies: 1
Views: 1218

New report from Ofsted

by chew8
Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Compelling video footage for Scottish inquiry - useful internationally
Replies: 4
Views: 1861

Re: Compelling video footage for Scottish inquiry - useful internationally

It's excellent that Anne got such full coverage. Just a couple of small quibbles about the way certain things are stated by the writer of the article: 'All alphabetic languages are built of phonemes – the smallest units of sound in speech .....' It's not just alphabetic languages but ALL languages, ...
by chew8
Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: RRF Anne Glennie gives evidence in official Scottish inquiry
Replies: 3
Views: 1397

Re: RRF Anne Glennie gives evidence in official Scottish inquiry

You can watch this morning's proceedings here:

https://www.scottishparliament.tv/meeti ... ber-9-2017

You need to fast-forward to about 10.17.

Well done to Anne and her team.

Jenny C.
by chew8
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Poor literacy skills hold poorer pupils back in science
Replies: 1
Views: 808

Re: Poor literacy skills hold poorer pupils back in science

Thanks for this, Jim Here's a link to the full report: https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/public/files/Review_of_SES_and_Science_Learning_in_Formal_Educational_Settings.pdf I've read only the executive summary so far, and found this on p. 10: 'Literacy: in correlational studies of science l...
by chew8
Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Michael Rosen's Reading Revolution
Replies: 3
Views: 1460

Re: Michael Rosen's Reading Revolution

I’m a bit uneasy about the A Level English Language/Literature analogy. The point of early phonics teaching (the ‘language’ side of things) is to equip children for ‘real reading’ (the ‘literature’ side of things), so we may have a problem if it’s really true that substantial numbers are good at pho...
by chew8
Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Michael Rosen's Reading Revolution
Replies: 3
Views: 1460

Re: Michael Rosen's Reading Revolution

Did you mean 23 September, Elizabeth? Some of Rosen’s ‘intertextual, intratextual...etc.’ points strike me as covering the same sort of ground as is covered in the National Curriculum – e.g. ‘interrogative’ (the NC mentions ‘asking questions’), ‘semantic’ (the NC has points about understanding meani...
by chew8
Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Spelling
Replies: 0
Views: 1063

Spelling

A mum recently showed me some spellings that her twins, now in Year 2, had been given to learn when they were still in Year 1. I could see that some of the words were from the National Curriculum (NC) list for Years 3/4. The twins are very young for their year-group (late July birthday), but have ob...
by chew8
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Importance of Sustained Reading
Replies: 4
Views: 1544

Re: Importance of Sustained Reading

I can't remember if this has ever been flagged up on the RRF forum, but I think it's relevant: http://dera.ioe.ac.uk/22234/1/Reading_the_next_steps.pdf It makes the point that a good phonics start needs to be followed by bulk reading. With both reading and spelling, I would always want to stress tha...
by chew8
Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading Schemes
Replies: 2
Views: 1386

Re: Reading Schemes

The Project X books need to be distinguished fro the Project X Phonics books. The latter introduce grapheme-phoneme correspondences in the same order as Letters and Sounds . There is some text for an adult to read, which means that the story can be more complex than a story which has to e read entir...
by chew8
Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Importance of Sustained Reading
Replies: 4
Views: 1544

Re: Importance of Sustained Reading

I understood Geraldine's point to be that the RRF should emphasise the importance of sustained reading once early SSP has ensured that children can decode well, rather than that sustained reading should be the main emphasis from the start. Re. SSP and spelling: I used SSP with all my children and ha...