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by JAC
Wed Nov 07, 2012 12:40 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check
Replies: 466
Views: 70549

Re: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check

the child is in 'decoding' mode and can't switch out of it. Some children do take a long time to learn how to do 'sounding-out' in a sub-vocal mode. But so be it - eventually they learn to do it the more efficient way. And if they do not think of doing it sub-vocally on their own, then it is an eas...
by JAC
Wed Nov 07, 2012 12:32 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check
Replies: 466
Views: 70549

Re: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check

Well, if taught as a whole word, it is still being decoded, isn't it? It is being decoded at word level rather than phoneme level. Toots talks about whole word decoding. I do not see that recognition of a whole word can be called decoding. I understand decoding to mean applying the alphabetic code,...
by JAC
Sat Nov 03, 2012 1:49 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check
Replies: 466
Views: 70549

Re: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check

print carries meaning. said Toots, but this is wrong as print does not carry meaning. Print - or rather letters - corresponds with sounds. It is all about letter/sound correspondences, about blending, and then bringing meaning to what has been decoded. Regarding your response to my earlier post, wh...
by JAC
Sat Nov 03, 2012 2:14 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check
Replies: 466
Views: 70549

Re: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check

Toots said I have to wonder about these teachers who do not recognise what strategies their pupils are using and whether they are hearing children read or relying on parents to do that. It is not uncommon for teachers to not recognise what strategies children are using, and that surely is the point ...
by JAC
Fri Nov 02, 2012 10:24 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check
Replies: 466
Views: 70549

Re: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check

You could add using context, possibly in conjunction with knowledge of grammar and syntax. All these skills are linked to the idea of reading for meaning, not for the purpose of decoding. As reading for meaning is the ultimate aim of reading instruction it would seem to be wise to develop these ski...
by JAC
Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:55 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check
Replies: 466
Views: 70549

Re: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check

I don't know if I am an RRF'er in any official sense; it has never solicited any joining fee, but I do wholeheartedly support the efforts the RRF committee has made to lobby for changes to reading instruction over the years and with maizie's comment "I suspect that most RRFers would see it as self e...
by JAC
Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:22 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Vocabulary Game
Replies: 3
Views: 2047

Re: Vocabulary Game

..me too, I have not seen it for a while.thanks.
by JAC
Sun Oct 21, 2012 3:01 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check
Replies: 466
Views: 70549

Re: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check

Good comprehension is the aim of reading instruction It is quite a provocative sentence that is quoted here, and probably merits an essay type response! I think that good comprehension is the aim of education in general, and comprehension is acquired through reading, listening, viewing, discussing ...
by JAC
Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:27 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check
Replies: 466
Views: 70549

Re: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check

Feedback from the NUT, NAHT and ATL survey revealed that many teachers found fluent readers were confused by made-up words such as 'strom' as they are so close to real words ('storm') and children assumed they were misprints and tried to make sense of them. To suppose that an error on this particul...
by JAC
Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:34 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Bark and read
Replies: 3
Views: 1563

Re: Bark and read

So silly. Imagine being the teacher and dealing with dogs as well as excited children. Might as well use a stuffed toy.
by JAC
Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:17 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Why aren't all school websites as informative?
Replies: 6
Views: 1536

Re: Why aren't all school websites as informative?

I was impressed that they put up their timetable so you get the nitty gritty of what is happening. Volunteer has a point, but if the Ark school strayed too much from what it states, then surely parents would have something to say, very vociferously no doubt! Many schools do make lavish claims, but y...
by JAC
Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:18 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: An 11-hour schoolday in Hackney?
Replies: 6
Views: 1810

Re: An 11-hour schoolday in Hackney?

A full school day followed by 3 hours or so homework most nights was typical grammar school back in the day - not so different from a 10 hour day.
by JAC
Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:23 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Is Poverty Destiny?
Replies: 106
Views: 18348

Re: Is Poverty Destiny?

We have a programme here called Four Corners - a documentary about social issues. Last night's was about poverty, from the point of view of the children, all living on a sink estate, which incidentally, from an aerial view looked quite attractive. One of the striking things about the children, was t...
by JAC
Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:24 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Crystal book: Spell it out. The story of English spelling
Replies: 15
Views: 5289

Re: Crystal book: Spell it out. The story of English spelling

Many fascinating snippets in Crystal's book. He concludes by saying, "We are still some way from devising a spelling syllabus for schools based on sound linguistic principles, but I hope my account provides enough evidence to motivate educators to move in what I believe is a fresh and positive direc...
by JAC
Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:58 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Crystal book: Spell it out. The story of English spelling
Replies: 15
Views: 5289

Re: Crystal book: Spell it out. The story of English spelling

The Crystal book is another great recommendation from this forum. It seems we did have other letters that were dumped in bygone days. I like the sound of 'eth' and 'ash' ! I can remember seeing the 'ae' joined together when I was quite young, maybe it was in 'encyclopaedia'. I have spent far too muc...