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by Elizabeth
Wed Apr 15, 2015 1:06 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Direct Phonics
Replies: 7
Views: 2364

Re: Direct Phonics

Thanks Debbie.

Their website doesn't look too bad. Please could you tell me what it is that makes them so much worse than the main SSP programmes?
by Elizabeth
Wed Apr 15, 2015 10:34 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Direct Phonics
Replies: 7
Views: 2364

Direct Phonics

A headteacher asked me whether or not she should keep the old copies of Direct Phonics materials she found at the back of a cupboard. What do you think?
by Elizabeth
Mon Mar 23, 2015 10:43 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Traditional forms of teaching make a welcome comeback
Replies: 2
Views: 1481

Re: Traditional forms of teaching make a welcome comeback

I hope we really do get more explicit teaching, memorisation, mental arithmetic, rote learning and accomplished readers who can focus on meaning as the reading process is automatic. I wish we could get away from the terms, 'traditional' and 'progressive' as they are used in these discussions. Discov...
by Elizabeth
Sun Oct 19, 2014 7:25 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Help needed with scope and sequence of SP
Replies: 16
Views: 4207

Re: Help needed with scope and sequence of SP

Debbie has explained Phonics International's scope and sequence and it is easy to see online. Jolly Phonics covers one way of spelling each sound as well as c, k, ck, x, qu and ue (as /yoo/) in the first nine weeks and in the rest of the first year it covers the most common vowel spellings (e.g. ai,...
by Elizabeth
Sun Oct 19, 2014 6:03 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Help needed with scope and sequence of SP
Replies: 16
Views: 4207

Re: Help needed with scope and sequence of SP

I've come across the term, "Scope and Sequence" when working abroad, but it's not a term used much in the UK.
by Elizabeth
Fri Oct 17, 2014 3:31 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: National Literacy Trust Review and Planning Tool
Replies: 0
Views: 2054

National Literacy Trust Review and Planning Tool

National Literacy Trust English Curriculum Review and Planning Tool for schools and ITT providers file:///C:/Users/EAN/Desktop/National%20Literacy%20Trust%20Curriculum_Review_and_Planning_Tool.pdf Are others aware of this? I haven't been on the message board for a while, so I am sorry if it has bee...
by Elizabeth
Fri Oct 03, 2014 3:11 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Seven Myths About Education
Replies: 2
Views: 1601

Re: Seven Myths About Education

I've read it now and I agree. She writes so clearly, it's a help for me when I try to explain some of the same issues.
by Elizabeth
Thu Jun 19, 2014 11:23 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Synthetic Phonic Myths
Replies: 26
Views: 27579

Re: Synthetic Phonic Myths

I agree: phonics first for decoding unfamiliar words and forever as part of decoding unfamiliar words. But, in addition, there comes a stage where morphemes are important and then the history of words, e.g., the fact that sign, signature, etc., have the same root, especially for spelling.
by Elizabeth
Thu May 29, 2014 4:53 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Fiona Nevola's World Literacy Summit presentation
Replies: 3
Views: 1580

Re: Fiona Nevola's World Literacy Summit presentation

Thank you, Susan. I've read it now.

This is an excellent overview of our alphabet code and the difference it makes to real people when it is well taught. It should be especially useful for anyone who finds themselves trying to explain the code clearly to others.
by Elizabeth
Thu May 29, 2014 4:22 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Fiona Nevola's World Literacy Summit presentation
Replies: 3
Views: 1580

Re: Fiona Nevola's World Literacy Summit presentation

I've watched the You Tube video - great introduction!

But I can't make the link work. Can you help Susan?
by Elizabeth
Thu May 01, 2014 12:54 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ragtag Rhymes
Replies: 2
Views: 1245

Ragtag Rhymes

I have come across some super new books for young children: Yellow Door Ragtag Rhymes by Debbie Pullinger, illustrated by Andy Roberts. They are decodable at the early stages of learning to read. There are very few words in them that are "tricky" at this stage - I found "the", "is", "has", "go" and ...
by Elizabeth
Fri Mar 21, 2014 9:48 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Dyslexia Debate returns.
Replies: 39
Views: 10567

Re: The Dyslexia Debate returns.

The only symptom that counts, as far as dyslexia goes, is difficulty with reading and writing and anyone who finds reading and writing difficult needs help with that, whether or not they have been diagnosed as dyslexic. Other symptoms, supposedly important for diagnosing dyslexia, are common, whethe...
by Elizabeth
Tue Mar 18, 2014 10:50 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading tests in schools
Replies: 4
Views: 1656

Re: Reading tests in schools

The Jolly Phonics Reading Assessment (http://jollylearning.co.uk/jolly-shop/jolly-phonics-reading-assessment/) is good. I have studied it, talked to teachers who have used it and used it myself with one child. It includes real word reading, nonsense word reading and text reading and the combined res...