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by chew8
Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Compelling video footage for Scottish inquiry - useful internationally
Replies: 4
Views: 3226

Re: Compelling video footage for Scottish inquiry - useful internationally

It's excellent that Anne got such full coverage. Just a couple of small quibbles about the way certain things are stated by the writer of the article: 'All alphabetic languages are built of phonemes – the smallest units of sound in speech .....' It's not just alphabetic languages but ALL languages, ...
by chew8
Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: RRF Anne Glennie gives evidence in official Scottish inquiry
Replies: 3
Views: 2418

Re: RRF Anne Glennie gives evidence in official Scottish inquiry

You can watch this morning's proceedings here:

https://www.scottishparliament.tv/meeti ... ber-9-2017

You need to fast-forward to about 10.17.

Well done to Anne and her team.

Jenny C.
by chew8
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Poor literacy skills hold poorer pupils back in science
Replies: 1
Views: 1453

Re: Poor literacy skills hold poorer pupils back in science

Thanks for this, Jim Here's a link to the full report: https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/public/files/Review_of_SES_and_Science_Learning_in_Formal_Educational_Settings.pdf I've read only the executive summary so far, and found this on p. 10: 'Literacy: in correlational studies of science l...
by chew8
Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Michael Rosen's Reading Revolution
Replies: 3
Views: 2734

Re: Michael Rosen's Reading Revolution

I’m a bit uneasy about the A Level English Language/Literature analogy. The point of early phonics teaching (the ‘language’ side of things) is to equip children for ‘real reading’ (the ‘literature’ side of things), so we may have a problem if it’s really true that substantial numbers are good at pho...
by chew8
Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Michael Rosen's Reading Revolution
Replies: 3
Views: 2734

Re: Michael Rosen's Reading Revolution

Did you mean 23 September, Elizabeth? Some of Rosen’s ‘intertextual, intratextual...etc.’ points strike me as covering the same sort of ground as is covered in the National Curriculum – e.g. ‘interrogative’ (the NC mentions ‘asking questions’), ‘semantic’ (the NC has points about understanding meani...
by chew8
Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Spelling
Replies: 0
Views: 1919

Spelling

A mum recently showed me some spellings that her twins, now in Year 2, had been given to learn when they were still in Year 1. I could see that some of the words were from the National Curriculum (NC) list for Years 3/4. The twins are very young for their year-group (late July birthday), but have ob...
by chew8
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Importance of Sustained Reading
Replies: 4
Views: 3038

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: 2486

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: 3038

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: 4715

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: 1716

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: 4715

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: 1585

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: 2306

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: 4085

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...