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by chew8
Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Children who enjoy reading over three years ahead
Replies: 7
Views: 2549

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: 1079

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: 2549

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: 832

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: 1327

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: 2527

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: 2527

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: 1481

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: 2527

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: 2457

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: 2457

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: 2457

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: 2981

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: 2132

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: 2981

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...