Search found 369 matches

by john walker
Sun Dec 27, 2009 5:38 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Reader Gets Angry
Replies: 16
Views: 4126

Amen to that, Jim!
by john walker
Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:55 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Before and after stories
Replies: 169
Views: 26126

I’m sorry that we seem to make you and others on the RRF so sad, Geraldine. The intellectual heritage we have been passed is rich and deep and, along with many others, we openly acknowledge our debt to Diane McGuinness (In my own case on just about every training I am involved in). We also acknowled...
by john walker
Fri Jul 31, 2009 6:08 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Independent: Pre-school gender gap exposed
Replies: 15
Views: 3051

Thanks for that, Jim. I've just had a look at it and the approach strikes me as being very similar to the one I saw in use in Spain a few years ago. When my youngest daughter was of reception age, my wife and I put her into a Spanish speaking school in Madrid - she is bilingual in English and Spanis...
by john walker
Sat Jun 13, 2009 12:12 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: New DCSF doc. Support for Spelling
Replies: 82
Views: 13057

I just want to say a couple of things on the above discussion. First, that, in my opinion, the principal difference between synthetic phonics and linguistic phonics is in their orientation or trajectory. The alphabet, complex as it is, was adapted (mostly from the Latin alphabet) to represent the sp...
by john walker
Fri Jun 12, 2009 8:47 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Campaign for the book
Replies: 1
Views: 909

Campaign for the book

In September last year, the children's author, Alan Gibbons ( Shadow of the Minotaur is a terrific read!), launched a campaign to protect libraries in schools and to try and prevent library closures in the community. He's now organised an e-petition, which reads: We, the undersigned, call on Her Maj...
by john walker
Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:12 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: New DCSF doc. Support for Spelling
Replies: 82
Views: 13057

I wouldn't disagree with you Jenny about the importance of teaching morphology, or etymology for that matter. In fact, it has a very important place in the curriculum. In fact, only the other day, my twelve year old daughter and I were talking about spiders - she hates them! I told her they belong t...
by john walker
Sat Jun 06, 2009 11:00 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Letters and Sounds'
Replies: 31
Views: 5039

I wonder if anyone noticed what happened to our old friend Barry Sheerman the other night? After giving a number of interviews to the Beeb on the subject of holding a secret ballot on Brown's future, he received a congratulatory message from the chair of his local committee, only then to get a telep...
by john walker
Wed Jan 07, 2009 1:23 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: American Educator article on spelling.
Replies: 14
Views: 2626

What an interesting piece this is. Although it is mainly about spelling, it never leaves the reader in any doubt that spelling and reading are indissolubly interconnected. Beginning with the oft-quoted statement from Noah Webster that ‘spelling is the foundation of reading and the greatest ornament ...
by john walker
Fri May 02, 2008 5:25 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Teaching Alternative Spellings
Replies: 6
Views: 1927

Jim, I'm surprised you asked the original question, or is this a prime minster's questions type plant? You trained in Sounds~Write and you know that the S~W programme teaches more than one spelling for a sound as a beginning reading strategy, as well as for pupils who have fallen behind. So does Fio...
by john walker
Wed Sep 05, 2007 4:28 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES: Goswami on 'dyslexia' and D.McGuinness' critique (long)
Replies: 13
Views: 31207

This is a bit behind the times but we thought we’d like to have our two penn’th on Goswami’s piece, which is, it has to be said, very loosely written indeed. There are so many points one could take up and challenge. For example, she says that ’… the way carers speak to babies is important. This “mot...
by john walker
Wed Sep 05, 2007 4:09 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Oxford Sound Reading programme: stunning whole-school result
Replies: 2
Views: 1679

Congratulations, Fiona! I know how hard you've worked on your programme. Let's hope that other schools and teachers are paying attention.
Best wishes,
John Walker
Sounds~Write
by john walker
Wed Jul 18, 2007 8:27 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: punctuation etc
Replies: 1
Views: 1150

If you are going to teach your daughter, you need to have a good grip on these areas yourself. My recommendation would be: Trask, R.L., (1997), Penguin Guide to Punctuation , Penguin at £7.99; for a simple grammar book, David Crystal's, which sells for about the same price, is pretty useful, though ...
by john walker
Tue Apr 24, 2007 8:07 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Starting SP in our school - a few simple questions.
Replies: 27
Views: 6040

Dear Ian, As no one else is going to mention us, I'd like to suggest you consider Sounds~Write (www.sounds-write.co.uk). If you have a look at the data you'll see the EVIDENCE we've collected on nearly two thousand reception children, nearly eight hundred Y1 children and over two hundred Y2 children...
by john walker
Tue Feb 20, 2007 1:14 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The regularity of English spelling revisited
Replies: 35
Views: 11523

To keep you up to date, I can tell you that I have posted details of where to find the lexicon to Jim Rose and that he's having a close look at it. Now, just for fun: my ten year old daughter spotted a Sue Palmer logo in a Philip and Tacey catalogue the other day and announced to everyone that she (...
by john walker
Wed Jan 31, 2007 12:54 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Trying to make a whole school spelling framework.
Replies: 9
Views: 1947

Dear Ian, Sounds-Write have almost finished writing a comprehensive dictionary for all the sound to spelling and spelling to sound correspondences in English English. As soon as the project has been completed, it is our intention to put it on the website as a free download. It should be ready in a c...