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by chew8
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Importance of Sustained Reading
Replies: 4
Views: 1778

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: 1594

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: 1778

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...
by chew8
Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Children who enjoy reading over three years ahead
Replies: 7
Views: 2962

Re: Children who enjoy reading over three years ahead

There's always an exception to complicate things! Yesterday I gave the BAS word-reading test (original version) to a Y1 boy whom I regard as a very good reader. Sure enough, his reading age came out at 9 years 7 months, and this was probably an under-estimate as he was called away to go swimming whe...
by chew8
Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Spelling
Replies: 0
Views: 1205

Spelling

I’ve just got round to reading the May magazine from ATL. It includes a letter about Key Stage 2 assessment from someone (presumably a teacher) who writes this about spelling in particular: ‘To be deemed to be working at the expected level, children are expected to know ‘most’ of the random list (ba...
by chew8
Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Children who enjoy reading over three years ahead
Replies: 7
Views: 2962

Re: Children who enjoy reading over three years ahead

Thanks for the link, Jim. I had seen something about this survey, but your link give more info. about dates and statistics: 'While enjoyment levels had been rather stable between 2005 and 2012, they have been rising steadily since 2013, and in 2016 we recorded the highest percentage of reading enjoy...
by chew8
Mon May 29, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: we're not reading – so why do we assume children will?
Replies: 1
Views: 998

Re: we're not reading – so why do we assume children will?

I last taught GCSE in 2000, but things must have changed since then, as we certainly read whole books with students in those days, not just extracts. 'Secret teacher' writes 'Even in my own English literature degree, we were often only given a booklet of chapters and extracts'. I find that quite sho...
by chew8
Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Is Reading about Getting Meaning From Print?
Replies: 3
Views: 1501

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: 2869

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: 2869

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: 1660

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: 2869

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: 2802

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: 2802

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: 2802

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...