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by john walker
Wed Jan 24, 2007 6:39 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Decodables from Sounds~Write
Replies: 3
Views: 665

Geraldine, Thanks for alerting people to the soon-to-be-available Sounds-Write decodable stories. The first batch of six books for beginning readers are currently being printed and will be out in the next fortnight or so, closely followed by another batch of six covering the sounds 'a-e', 'ee', and ...
by john walker
Fri Jan 12, 2007 6:05 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Advice from those who have taught SP in schools
Replies: 25
Views: 3443

Dear Maizie, If this is any help, this is the Sounds-Write report on pupils in 13 schools taught with Sounds-Write from YR. It has figures for spelling ages at Yr, Y1 & Y2. they use the Paralell Spelling test. http://www.sounds-write.co.uk/sw_research_report_06.pdf Thank you for directing Anna to ou...
by john walker
Thu Nov 30, 2006 9:36 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Finding Statistics
Replies: 13
Views: 2838

Dear Dick, Thank you very kindly for your warm acknowledgement of what we are trying to do at Sounds-Write. As we now have data on over 1,700 reception pupils, over 700 pupils in Y1, and over 200 pupils in Y2, all of whom have had S-W since beginning reception, we are doing our best to demonstrate t...
by john walker
Sat Aug 19, 2006 7:16 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: BBC: Tests flummox trainee teachers
Replies: 16
Views: 1943

It's a pity when so much is being written about literacy that, in the posting for Mr Chalk entitled 'More Bullying', there is a miss-spelling of 'persistent' and there is a semi-colon after Cherelle, when there should be a comma! <Last year a parent complained that I was not doing enough to stop the...
by john walker
Thu Jul 13, 2006 8:43 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: blending
Replies: 5
Views: 1210

Dear Diane, Actually, segmenting is much easier to teach! Differentiate for him. Put down lines, give him a place to listen, use words that begin with a continuant and stretch out the sounds, one at a time. This will make explicit the relationship between words and sounds in the word and give him a ...
by john walker
Sun Apr 02, 2006 1:35 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES: Phonics before five? Palmer v Jolly
Replies: 8
Views: 1436

Sue Palmer’s argument that five is too early to begin learning phonics (TES: 31/03/06) reveals a serious misconception about how children learn and how they should be taught. She is obviously still stuck in the old Piagetian naturalistic and organisist way of thinking. According to the early years l...
by john walker
Thu Jan 08, 2004 9:53 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Advice needed on which training programme to take.
Replies: 21
Views: 4500

Dear Nelly, As luck would have it, I was following your question and the advice given you by 'Quipg'. And, in fact, apart from the other sound advice, Qipg is correct in saying that I, along with David Philpot, an educational psychologist working with the Wigan authority, and Susan Case, my training...
by john walker
Fri Dec 12, 2003 3:36 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 4 year old with language and auditory processing delays
Replies: 9
Views: 3208

Dear Janis, I don't know what the nature of this child's auditory processing problems and language delay is but if the child isn't even five until next September, why on earth would anyone be wanting her to learn to read yet? If these problems are serious, the parents should seek professional help. ...
by john walker
Thu Dec 11, 2003 9:53 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Dyslexia
Replies: 3
Views: 1595

Just to add to what David and Jim have contributed, if pupils are being asked to attend to whole words as pictures, there is no particular reason why they should notice the exact orientation of each one of the individual letters in words. Hence, teaching letters in isolation and a sight word approac...