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by chew8
Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Is Reading about Getting Meaning From Print?
Replies: 3
Views: 1011

Re: Is Reading about Getting Meaning From Print?

When critics talk about children not reading for meaning, their complaint is usually that these children decode well but don’t understand what they decode. I’m in my 17th year of hearing reading in one school and in my 8th year at another - I’m not convinced that there are many children in this cate...
by chew8
Thu Aug 04, 2016 6:01 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: American Study: New guide to foundational reading skills
Replies: 6
Views: 1981

Re: American Study: New guide to foundational reading skills

I’m all for finding common ground where possible. What worries me here is that this recommendation (i.e. the WWC's Recommendation 2), which will carry a lot of weight with many people, seems to overlook some important evidence – Experiment 1 in Johnston and Watson’s study published in 2004 in Readin...
by chew8
Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:58 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: American Study: New guide to foundational reading skills
Replies: 6
Views: 1981

Re: American Study: New guide to foundational reading skills

The link I gave takes you straight to Recommendation 2, but you can scroll up from there to the beginning of the document.

Jenny C.
by chew8
Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:01 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 8 Ways Parents Can Get a Child to Read
Replies: 1
Views: 1133

Re: 8 Ways Parents Can Get a Child to Read

Those are good suggestions, but they all involve 'bitty' reading - the reading of just a small amount of text at a time. This is useful for children who are just getting the hang of reading, as it can be motivating, but there comes a point when bulk-reading becomes important to develop the stamina n...
by chew8
Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:04 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: American Study: New guide to foundational reading skills
Replies: 6
Views: 1981

Re: American Study: New guide to foundational reading skills

This seems to be the whole document: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/pdf/practice_guides/wwc_foundationalreading_070516.pdf#page=20 I've had a quick look through it and have problems with 2., as referred to by Geraldine above. It recommends starting 'awareness of the segments of sound in speech' at the l...
by chew8
Thu Jul 21, 2016 10:39 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Are sight words unjustly slighted?
Replies: 5
Views: 1902

Re: Are sight words unjustly slighted?

After a gap of several days, there have been some new posts from people following the Castles blog, including a long and interesting one from Jonathan Solity.

Jenny C.
by chew8
Thu Jul 14, 2016 7:41 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Are sight words unjustly slighted?
Replies: 5
Views: 1902

Re: Are sight words unjustly slighted?

I wonder if a helpful way of dealing with the definitional problem is to move away from the term “sight words” and instead just make a distinction between “rule-focus” and “word-focus” in reading instruction. We know that children need to be explicitly taught the correspondences between letters and...
by chew8
Thu Jul 14, 2016 11:55 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Are sight words unjustly slighted?
Replies: 5
Views: 1902

Re: Are sight words unjustly slighted?

I’ve managed to get the Shapiro and Solity paper. They do recognise that Letters and Sounds teaches high-frequency words: This list includes both regular (e.g., up, in, went) and exception words (e.g., you, was, said), but both types of words are taught in the same way under ERR. Children are taught...
by chew8
Wed Jul 13, 2016 11:51 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Year 3 reading standards
Replies: 6
Views: 2227

Re: Year 3 reading standards

Another update: Someone with the necessary know-how has now done some analysing of the various bits of Y3 data that I have: the children’s May 2015 Key Stage 1 reading and writing results, the scores they got when I gave them a past Phonics Screening Check (PSC) in October of Y3, and their June 2016...
by chew8
Wed Jul 13, 2016 11:49 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Thank you from Papermover
Replies: 3
Views: 1539

Re: Thank you from Papermover

Excellent news!

Jenny C.
by chew8
Fri Jul 01, 2016 11:24 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Year 3 reading standards
Replies: 6
Views: 2227

Re: Year 3 reading standards

Update on what I’ve said above about BAS results: I’ve now run the New Salford Sentence Reading Test with the 76 Y3 children who did the BAS in March. The Salford was standardised in 2011 (i.e. the year before the Y1 phonics check was introduced) and gives both a word-reading/decoding age and a comp...
by chew8
Sat Jun 18, 2016 5:10 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: David Didau replies to Michael Rosen on phonics and spelling
Replies: 5
Views: 1716

Re: David Didau replies to Michael Rosen on phonics and spelling

You have said enough about your approach over the years, Debbie, for me to understand it, at least in general terms. We agree that good synthetic phonics teaching from the start is very important. We also agree that word-banks are useful (I helped to compile the ones in Letters and Sounds ) and that...
by chew8
Mon Jun 13, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: David Didau replies to Michael Rosen on phonics and spelling
Replies: 5
Views: 1716

Re: David Didau replies to Michael Rosen on phonics and spelling

Michael Rosen obviously knows about spelling alternatives, as is shown by examples given in his blogpost. I find some of his examples more pertinent than others, one of the more pertinent ones being his suggestion that ‘yes’ could be spelt as ‘yess’ – the logic of that is strong, as most words endin...
by chew8
Sun Jun 12, 2016 4:24 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ofsted chief calls for return of KS3 testing
Replies: 5
Views: 1712

Re: Ofsted chief calls for return of KS3 testing

When I was at school in South Africa, we had formal school exams twice a year from the age of about 7 onwards and took them very seriously - in fact, children were kept down a year if they didn't do well enough. I think all school in S.A. did something similar.

Jenny C.
by chew8
Fri Jun 10, 2016 5:47 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Amanda Spielman new head of OFSTED
Replies: 3
Views: 1707

Re: Amanda Spielman new head of OFSTED

That sounds like very good news.

Jenny C.