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by chew8
Thu Jul 21, 2016 10:39 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Are sight words unjustly slighted?
Replies: 5
Views: 2115

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: 2115

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: 2115

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: 2519

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: 1845

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: 2519

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: 1887

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: 1887

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: 2011

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: 2026

Re: Amanda Spielman new head of OFSTED

That sounds like very good news.

Jenny C.
by chew8
Fri Jun 10, 2016 10:26 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Learning 'exception words' as wholes.
Replies: 9
Views: 2739

Re: Learning 'exception words' as wholes.

Sorry this is long - I've spent a lot of time analysing misspellings over the past few days and trying to think about them in relation to alphabetic code charts. Re. alphabetic code charts: the issue, for me, is not just whether teachers find them useful, but whether they contribute to accurate spel...
by chew8
Tue Jun 07, 2016 8:42 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Learning 'exception words' as wholes.
Replies: 9
Views: 2739

Re: Learning 'exception words' as wholes.

My views are based on what I’ve actually seen by systematically testing the spelling of over 6,000 16-year-olds who had been through primary school before even the phonics of the National Literacy Strategy was introduced – i.e. at a time when look-and-say and whole language were predominant. What go...
by chew8
Mon Jun 06, 2016 8:50 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Learning 'exception words' as wholes.
Replies: 9
Views: 2739

Re: Learning 'exception words' as wholes.

What I was trying to do in my last post was to get to grips with the issue maizie had raised about regularity. Diane McGuinness’s way of organising the alphabetic code from sound to print, together with her decision to regard only the most common spelling of a phoneme as ‘regular’, leaves us having ...
by chew8
Fri Jun 03, 2016 11:00 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Learning 'exception words' as wholes.
Replies: 9
Views: 2739

Re: Learning 'exception words' as wholes.

Maisie makes the point that there is no real consensus about what is an ‘irregular’ or ‘exception’ word. I think this is understandable. How one defines ‘regular’ is one thing that can make a difference, and another is whether one is considering the question from a reading or spelling perspective. D...
by chew8
Mon May 30, 2016 9:32 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Learning 'exception words' as wholes.
Replies: 9
Views: 2739

Re: Learning 'exception words' as wholes.

I can only go on what I see in my voluntary work – that has been with 80-odd Y3 children and 30 Y1s this year. By and large, I think these children have received the kind of teaching which is now fairly typical – there’s much more emphasis on sounding-out-and-blending, but ‘sight’-words and guessing...