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by chew8
Wed Apr 20, 2016 8:06 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Can the English Nat Curric be interpreted as supporting AP?
Replies: 11
Views: 2332

Re: Can the English Nat Curric be interpreted as supporting AP?

Some of the definitions quoted by Elizabeth seem to go back to Dorothy Strickland (1998): Analytic phonics refers to an approach in which the sounds associated with letters are not pronounced in isolation. Children identify the phonic element from a set of words in wich each word contains the partic...
by chew8
Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:55 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Can the English Nat Curric be interpreted as supporting AP?
Replies: 11
Views: 2332

Re: Can the English Nat Curric be interpreted as supporting AP?

maizie: my take on this, as I wrote earlier, is that ‘presumably the a.p. assumption is that even if sounding out and blending is not eventually taught, children will make their own deductions about how the GPCs they’ve learnt in connection with sight words can be used in reading unfamiliar words’. ...
by chew8
Sat Apr 16, 2016 11:32 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Primary schools accused of 'social segregation'
Replies: 7
Views: 1461

Re: Primary schools accused of 'social segregation'

Good point, maizie.

Jenny C.
by chew8
Thu Apr 14, 2016 1:52 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Can the English Nat Curric be interpreted as supporting AP?
Replies: 11
Views: 2332

Re: Can the English Nat Curric be interpreted as supporting AP?

What I wrote was that ‘the Clack. study means that we can’t insist too much on the idea that cumulative decodable texts are a necessary part of s.p.’. I italicised ‘necessary’ to make the point that I don’t think we are justified in implying that s.p. is being taught only if decodable texts are bein...
by chew8
Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:33 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Can the English Nat Curric be interpreted as supporting AP?
Replies: 11
Views: 2332

Re: Can the English Nat Curric be interpreted as supporting AP?

The UK conception of synthetic phonics has been heavily influenced by the Clackmannanshire study, without which we wouldn’t be where we are. Cumulative decodable texts were not used in that study, though this doesn’t mean that children were taught to use ‘other strategies’ to identify words. Rather,...
by chew8
Thu Mar 24, 2016 11:29 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Year 3 reading standards
Replies: 6
Views: 1568

Re: Year 3 reading standards

I have gut feelings about changes in standards from year to year, but without test results I can't be sure that I'm right, or know how large or small the changes are.

Jenny C.
by chew8
Wed Mar 23, 2016 9:33 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Year 3 reading standards
Replies: 6
Views: 1568

Year 3 reading standards

Exactly five years ago, in March 2011, I ran the BAS word-reading test with 92 Year 3 children – the whole year-group in their first year at a junior school. The average chronological age of a Year 3 cohort at this point in the year is typically 8.0; the average word- reading age in March 2011 was 8...
by chew8
Thu Mar 17, 2016 11:49 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Becoming an academy does not insulate you from decline'
Replies: 20
Views: 4784

Re: 'Becoming an academy does not insulate you from decline'

I've had a prompt and authoritative reply. It's more or less as I'd thought - the national assessments ARE compulsory for academies, and the new assessments test knowledge of the curriculum. Academies will have to cover the necessary ground even if they don't follow the National Curriculum as such. ...
by chew8
Thu Mar 17, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Becoming an academy does not insulate you from decline'
Replies: 20
Views: 4784

Re: 'Becoming an academy does not insulate you from decline'

Sorry about that - I posted in a hurry before going out. Academies do have to comply with assessment and reporting arrangements at Key Stage 1, and I imagine this includes doing the Year 1 phonics check and reporting the results. In order to get good results, schools would have to teach in a way tha...
by chew8
Wed Mar 16, 2016 7:10 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Becoming an academy does not insulate you from decline'
Replies: 20
Views: 4784

Re: 'Becoming an academy does not insulate you from decline'

It looks as if academies do have to follow the National Curriculum to some extent:

https://schoolgovernors.thekeysupport.c ... -guidance/

Jenny C.
by chew8
Mon Mar 07, 2016 6:56 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Book Bands and reading age
Replies: 0
Views: 1046

Book Bands and reading age

The schools where I help seem to use the Book Bands (BB) colour-coding system. Several sites relate the colours to ‘reading ages’, and there are some inconsistencies, but what I say below is based on what’s here: https://www.readingchest.co.uk/book-bands It looks at first as if the figures above the...
by chew8
Wed Feb 17, 2016 9:37 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Norfolk Reading Project
Replies: 14
Views: 2262

Re: The Norfolk Reading Project

My thoughts were similar to maizie’s. It’s all very well to say that children improve, but is the improvement to an age-appropriate level? Two sub-levels might take an 8-year-old from Level 1b to 2c, but that’s still not good enough. As with Reading Recovery, however, I think a problem we have is th...
by chew8
Tue Feb 16, 2016 11:29 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Norfolk Reading Project
Replies: 14
Views: 2262

Re: The Norfolk Reading Project

Did you work just with the weakest readers, Sue? I work with the full ability-range in both my schools, and find that hearing the children read from the books they bring along works fine for the majority. Even with the weakest, I usually spend a bit of each session helping them with whatever book th...
by chew8
Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:33 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Norfolk Reading Project
Replies: 14
Views: 2262

Re: The Norfolk Reading Project

I've always been a bit intrigued by volunteering for one to one reading. If the school uses mixed methods do they mind if the volunteer doesn't? Or are they not really bothered as long as the child is getting some one to one time My experience is that it's the latter. This is based on 15 years as a...
by chew8
Thu Feb 11, 2016 4:12 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Word Lists for UK national curriculum
Replies: 5
Views: 1060

Re: Word Lists for UK national curriculum

Hi Peter, The bit you quote is actually about spelling rather than reading. 'Reception' (the year in which children turn 5) is part of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This is the relevant document, but it contains no word-lists: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachmen...