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by elsy
Tue Jul 03, 2007 6:48 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Magical spelling woo
Replies: 9
Views: 1666

We sprinkle fairy dust! (I am NOT joking!) :cry:
by elsy
Fri Jun 29, 2007 9:20 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Welsh Inspectorate blame parents for poor literacy
Replies: 3
Views: 826

“In comparison with many other industrialised countries, Wales performs poorly, around half-a-million adults having very real difficulties with reading.
Is this difficulty with reading in English, Welsh or both/either?
by elsy
Fri Jun 29, 2007 9:17 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Magical spelling woo
Replies: 9
Views: 1666

I thought it sounded familiar.
by elsy
Thu Jun 28, 2007 9:03 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Year 3 Literacy Support
Replies: 5
Views: 2572

Well, not quite all the materials. I spotted the bin and the treasure chest from the ELS trolley in a clip on the Letters and Sounds DVD! And it also came with phoneme frames, whiteboards, magnetic letters, letter cards and picture cards. A bit of judicious recycling might not come amiss. :grin:
by elsy
Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:03 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Letters and Sounds Phase One
Replies: 82
Views: 12693

I've noticed a number of poor Y2s sounding out /ee/ for /e/ (and occasionally /ie/ for /i/) but otherwise using only letter sounds. I have been wondering if they have concluded by themselves that 'e' should be read /ee/ because of the number of words they frequently encounter like 'he, she, we'. Sim...
by elsy
Tue Jun 26, 2007 6:20 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: What to do with ORT....
Replies: 6
Views: 1467

I am thinking of adapting a set or two of our ORT books for SEN.

Debbie, did you manage to place the decodable text on your resources page? I have had a quick look but may have missed it in my haste.
by elsy
Mon Jun 25, 2007 10:00 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: What's happening in NZ? Phonics you say?
Replies: 8
Views: 1489

So who tailors the teaching for children who 'need' synthetic phonics and no searchlights in these schools full of personalised learning?
by elsy
Mon Jun 25, 2007 9:57 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Social mobility
Replies: 7
Views: 1130

Has anyone actually looked to see why such families are 'less privileged' in the first place? Yes, we can do an awful lot to help every child learn to read and write competently and I desperately hope we are on the way with synthetic phonics teaching. But, we all have our strengths and not everyone ...
by elsy
Mon Jun 25, 2007 9:44 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Letters and Sounds Phase One
Replies: 82
Views: 12693

Debbie, I wholeheartedly agree and you have put it really well. This is a key message to get across to recepetion teachers especially.

It is fun to play with words and the sounds they make, but it doesn't have a lot to do with learning the mechanics of reading and writing.[/b]
by elsy
Sun Jun 24, 2007 1:56 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Letters and Sounds Phase One
Replies: 82
Views: 12693

just spent the day with a large group of EY teachers and WITHOUT exception all were of the opinion that L&S whilst a good progression is expecting too much too soon of most reception class children Jenny W I hope noone minds if I pick up on this point again as Jenny's final paragraph is about 'Lett...
by elsy
Sat Jun 23, 2007 4:00 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Laura Clark's piece - Daily Mail
Replies: 8
Views: 1368

I say how many of those schools use Jolly Phonics only for introducing the 26 letters of the alphabet, ignore the digraphs and don't ever expect children to read and write the simplest of regular words until they can hear all or most of the 26 in the initial and final position and have learnt at lea...
by elsy
Thu May 17, 2007 11:38 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Now we're to have 'Every Child Counts'
Replies: 1
Views: 694

Bring back teddy's tea party and help set the table for tea!
by elsy
Thu May 17, 2007 11:35 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Active steps taken to encourage teacher music literacy
Replies: 13
Views: 1707

I'm sorry Geraldine, I can't agree about the recorder! :eek: It came as a great relief when I stopped supporting a Y2 recorder session. It was just excruciating, but then I am a mite sensitive. My daughter had lessons in quite a large Y2 group with a peripatetic tutor and parents were encouraged to ...
by elsy
Fri Mar 23, 2007 5:34 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: re-designed website.
Replies: 11
Views: 2463

Wow! What a different look. I like the tool bar at the top.

Thanks and well done to everyone who was involved.
by elsy
Fri Mar 23, 2007 5:26 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: New phonics series
Replies: 10
Views: 1408

Debbie,
have you tried the Dandelion readers? How did they go down with your class?