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by g.carter
Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:17 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: please please help
Replies: 3
Views: 986

Re: please please help

Charlie - try to get hold of a copy of Diane McGuinness Why Children Can't Read. It was published by Penguin in 1998 (?) is now out of print, but try Amazon or see if your library will order it for you.

If I were choosing just one book to explain the reading process - this would be it.
by g.carter
Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:12 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Beginning reading: policy influences England v USA
Replies: 87
Views: 7633

Re: Beginning reading: policy influences England v USA

Strangely enough, as I was catching up on The Observer this evening, I came across Geraldine Brennan's Children's Book of the Month review: My Name is Mina - David Almond "David Almond has been described as a magic realist, but everything in his novels happens in children's real lives in the north-e...
by g.carter
Tue Oct 05, 2010 2:21 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: New member charlie asks for help
Replies: 2
Views: 627

Re: New member charlie asks for help

Charlie - I'm a bit out of date with this but have a good look at: www.redhouse.co.uk http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/jun/16/childrens.library.recommended03 and if you can locate a good children's library - try enlisting the help of the librarian there. Good luck - My 'home-made' advice is to s...
by g.carter
Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:51 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Beginning reading: policy influences England v USA
Replies: 87
Views: 7633

Re: Beginning reading: policy influences England v USA

Perhaps we've gone as far as we can with this thread but I just came across this comment on the Yahoo BRI board and thought it might help to make the case for those who believe that only light-touch phonics, after Year 2, are necessary (or at least will be when teachers are trained to teach beginner...
by g.carter
Mon Oct 04, 2010 4:33 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Beginning reading: policy influences England v USA
Replies: 87
Views: 7633

Re: Beginning reading: policy influences England v USA

Susan - yes - the focus of the discussion is whether a specific SP approach should be used for spelling during KS2 and beyond.
Ken - you've summed up really accurately.
by g.carter
Sun Oct 03, 2010 10:30 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Renaming the decoding test?
Replies: 2
Views: 654

Re: Renaming the decoding test?

Good point, Debbie - but once it's got a name, it'll stick!
by g.carter
Sun Oct 03, 2010 5:15 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Renaming the decoding test?
Replies: 2
Views: 654

Renaming the decoding test?

I wonder how much advantage there would be in naming the new decoding test for 6 year olds? Renamed as the Alphabetic Code Test might help to embed teacher awareness that Code Knowledge forms the basis of reading. 'Decoding' Test is accurate - and 'decoding' the crucial skill in determining whether ...
by g.carter
Sun Oct 03, 2010 10:28 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Beginning reading: policy influences England v USA
Replies: 87
Views: 7633

Re: Beginning reading: policy influences England v USA

Kiki - And, Geraldine, please forgive me if I have this wrong but are you really saying we should advocate finishing SP by Y2 just to make it more palatable to it's detractors? :eek: No, no, no, not JUST to make it more palatable to its detractors! I believe that SP should be firmly in place in the ...
by g.carter
Sun Oct 03, 2010 8:59 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Teacher Trainers
Replies: 8
Views: 1350

Re: Teacher Trainers

Yes - what a yawning gap between reality and entrenched beliefs.

A little off-topic but you'll see the relevance from this little gem, flagged up by Kathy Nell on Yahoo BRI:

It's only a few minutes long - don't miss!

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id= ... ideoArea.0
by g.carter
Fri Oct 01, 2010 4:53 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Beginning reading: policy influences England v USA
Replies: 87
Views: 7633

Re: Beginning reading: policy influences England v USA

The trouble seems to be that we have two conflicting 'scenarios'. My point is that as there is serious concern that phonics is dull (No), dry(No), mechanistic (this point has some merit but is insignificant when set against the fact that SP enables virtually all children to learn to read) and that w...
by g.carter
Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:02 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ofsted says SEN label applied too widely
Replies: 17
Views: 1677

Re: Ofsted says SEN label applied too widely

Thank you, Susan. I've often read 'OldAndrew's' posts on TES and his blog makes very interesting reading.j
Well worth a read.
by g.carter
Tue Sep 28, 2010 11:59 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Beginning reading: policy influences England v USA
Replies: 87
Views: 7633

Re: Beginning reading: policy influences England v USA

Looking at recent reports/TES posts about the diminishing interest in reading for pleasure, I'd be much more concerned about getting phonics done and dusted by the end of Year 2 . After that, a huge focus should be placed on ensuring that there's a well-stocked library, and that every encouragement ...
by g.carter
Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:10 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Gareth Malone's programme: results of standardised tests
Replies: 8
Views: 947

Re: Gareth Malone's programme: results of standardised tests

It's true that boys in many schools do become very switched off. Even the boys at this school who could read relatively well didn't seem to think it was a natural activity. I think that Gareth Malone made his point about engaging the boys but specifically improving the literacy of the less able boys...
by g.carter
Sat Sep 25, 2010 1:10 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Gareth Malone's programme: results of standardised tests
Replies: 8
Views: 947

Gareth Malone's programme: results of standardised tests

I looked up the SATs results for the school filmed for the Gareth Malone programmes, Pear Tree Mead in Essex. The results improved dramatically from 2007 to 2008, presumably when the new head took over. In thetheir boys own adventure stuff and literacy enhancement activities. The improvement in read...
by g.carter
Sat Sep 25, 2010 12:43 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Why is malinstruction still so prevalent?
Replies: 3
Views: 659

Why is malinstruction still so prevalent?

This morning I got a call from a parent of a 5 year old Year 1 child who was lost in the 'look and say' instruction in her school - 'why is she bringing home words like 'carrot' and 'ice-cream' when she needs 'c - a - t'? Her seven year old brother is 'reading' - but also guessing wildly - presumabl...