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by Elizabeth
Tue May 30, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Are grammar schools the best way to address social mobility?
Replies: 2
Views: 1019

Are grammar schools the best way to address social mobility?

See: https://thinkingreadingwritings.wordpress.com/2017/05/29/are-grammar-schools-the-best-way-to-address-social-mobility/ You may think that providing disadvantaged children with the opportunity to attend a grammar school – supposedly resulting in a more academic education – would go some way to ad...
by Elizabeth
Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: What is the best way to assess the Early Years Foundation Stage?
Replies: 1
Views: 913

What is the best way to assess the Early Years Foundation Stage?

What should be assessed and how at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage? In England and Wales, the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is from birth to the year children are five on 31st August and they are assessed by the middle of July that year. For most children, this means they have had ...
by Elizabeth
Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Is Reading about Getting Meaning From Print?
Replies: 3
Views: 1198

Re: Is Reading about Getting Meaning From Print?

When they start learning to read, nearly all children have decoding skills that are too poor for developing comprehension or an interest in reading through what they themselves read. Those of us who promote synthetic phonics have repeated many times that the solution is for adults to read to them a ...
by Elizabeth
Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Is Reading about Getting Meaning From Print?
Replies: 3
Views: 1198

Re: Is Reading about Getting Meaning From Print?

This article states the obvious, but it is not obvious to those who have been brain-washed - as I was once - about how to teach reading. In fact, it is correct that reading is about getting meaning from print. However, it is not about getting whatever meaning you choose from the print, but about get...
by Elizabeth
Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Repeated Reading
Replies: 0
Views: 895

Repeated Reading

Does repeated reading of the same text help children learn to read well? The National Curriculum for England states that children should be taught to read aloud accurately books that are consistent with their developing phonic knowledge ... and re-read these books to build up their fluency and confi...
by Elizabeth
Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Year 3 Phonics Screening Check Pilot
Replies: 1
Views: 761

Year 3 Phonics Screening Check Pilot

Year 3 Phonics Screening Check Pilot https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/588735/Phonics_Ad-Hoc_Final.pdf This report shows a lack of understanding of the importance of the Phonics Check and how to ensure children learn to read well enough to succeed with it. I s...
by Elizabeth
Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:44 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: just testing
Replies: 0
Views: 791

just testing

I am just checking whether the technology is working for me and I can send a message.
by Elizabeth
Sun Feb 05, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading Schemes - "Decodable" or "Look and Say"?
Replies: 4
Views: 2238

Re: Reading Schemes - "Decodable" or "Look and Say"?

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by Elizabeth
Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:14 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading Schemes - "Decodable" or "Look and Say"?
Replies: 4
Views: 2238

Reading Schemes - "Decodable" or "Look and Say"?

“Decodable books” are books the reader can decode. The term is usually used to mean the books in a reading scheme where the levels are structured according to how easy it is to decode the words, using a phonic approach. The terms “Look and Say” and “Whole Word” are usually used to mean a method of t...
by Elizabeth
Fri Sep 23, 2016 9:05 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Choral Reading
Replies: 1
Views: 1472

Choral Reading

A talk was given as part of a project I am involved with. One of the speakers promoted choral reading. She said choral reading is good "after children have acquired basic phonics skills". Do any readers have experience of using choral reading or know about evidence for or against the use choral read...
by Elizabeth
Tue Jul 26, 2016 3:32 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: American Study: New guide to foundational reading skills
Replies: 6
Views: 2279

American Study: New guide to foundational reading skills

This is what we would expect. There is strong evidence for the following recommendations: - Develop awareness of the segments of sounds in speech and how they link to letters - Teach students to decode words, analyse word parts, and write and recognise words A new What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) prac...
by Elizabeth
Wed Jul 13, 2016 6:43 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Year 3 reading standards
Replies: 6
Views: 2660

Re: Year 3 reading standards

Thank you for all this work Jenny. It is interesting and helpful to know that the Phonics Check results correlate with the other measures of success with reading and writing, including reading comprehension.
by Elizabeth
Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:35 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: B is for Book.
Replies: 3
Views: 1677

Re: B is for Book.

The English National Curriculum states: Pupils should be taught to read aloud accurately books that are consistent with their developing phonic knowledge and that do not require them to use other strategies to work out words. These children were clearly being asked to read books that were not "consi...
by Elizabeth
Thu Jun 30, 2016 9:16 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Documentary about learning to read
Replies: 0
Views: 1222

Documentary about learning to read

" B Is for Book " on BBC 4 at 9 p.m. next Tuesday and 3p.m. next Wednesday. Documentary following a group of primary schoolchildren over the course of a year as they learn to read. Some of them make a flying start, but others struggle even with the alphabet. The film takes us into their home lives, ...