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by Hammered
Mon Aug 03, 2009 2:40 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Independent: Pre-school gender gap exposed
Replies: 15
Views: 3534

This article is rather misleading and unhelpful, it seems to have been written by someone with a lack understanding of the UK eduation system. The assertion that these tests are carried out on children before they start school is inaccurate as the EYFS results they are referring to are for the end o...
by Hammered
Mon Sep 29, 2008 10:56 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: persuade school to use S.P.
Replies: 10
Views: 2797

I am a Tracks trained teacher and if your child is receiving it properly then it is a very good programme - certainly favourable to RR or Catch-Up. I think unfortunately there is not always fidelity to the programme in all schools - your child should at least be bringing home spellings to practise. ...
by Hammered
Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:49 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ed Ball's evasion of valid questions and observations:
Replies: 157
Views: 53170

In that case how many of these children will there actually be? I have a little girl who is by far the weakest I have taught and she has had 2 years of synthetic phonics and now going in to year 2 we are hoping she will be 2c or 1a at the end of KS1. There can't be that many children (excluding thos...
by Hammered
Mon Sep 01, 2008 12:55 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ed Ball's evasion of valid questions and observations:
Replies: 157
Views: 53170

Reception teachers (of which I am one) are currently stuck in the middle of systems and it is a mess. EYFS becomes statutory today/tomorrow with all its associated assessment expectations but Reception isn’t really part of it. The objectives are there, but the pedagogy and philosophies are for setti...
by Hammered
Wed May 07, 2008 3:09 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Jim Rose to recommend RR????
Replies: 5
Views: 1748

Jim Rose to recommend RR????

Probably more a case of the journalist being as confused as the rest of us about the government's mixed messages. But an interesting development nonetheless....

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/7387371.stm
by Hammered
Mon Apr 07, 2008 1:30 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Lost the plot?
Replies: 19
Views: 5341

Yes that certainly wasn't my opinion (although it is true I didn't get taught how to teach phonics on my PGCE course, although that is another matter). A couple of my colleagues have actually just finished a masters module on early reading and writing with Rhona (she is now at Reading Uni). I have h...
by Hammered
Sun Apr 06, 2008 7:09 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Lost the plot?
Replies: 19
Views: 5341

The comments left by others are very disturbing. 'I'm a PGCE student and within 6 weeks of my course, I completely and 100% agree with Michael Rosen. Perhaps phonics works, but where is the fun in it?' Errr... !!!!!! Rhona Stainthorp is coming to speak to our 'CatchUp'-supporting LA at our SENCo con...
by Hammered
Sat Feb 09, 2008 10:32 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Updated ELS programme now available
Replies: 6
Views: 2010

Interesting. Just had a flick through and does look like some improvements on the previous, definitely a decent integration of L and S in there altho' the running record creeps in too. When we used to run ELS it was a nightmare finding the time of having a TA to do a daily session for 12 weeks and n...
by Hammered
Fri Jan 18, 2008 9:35 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading Recovery given going over in TES
Replies: 26
Views: 6012

Reading Recovery given going over in TES

No web-link but on p3 of todays TES a whole page article about Queensland dropping RR and questioning use in the UK. Kevin Wheldall, director of Macquarie University's special education centre eloquently puts foward weaknesses of the programme. "...The logic of employing RR as a solution for pupils ...
by Hammered
Fri Jan 18, 2008 9:19 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: SATs and the Rose Review
Replies: 4
Views: 1785

There is no doubt that you can be a very poor 'multi-cue' reader and contain a level 2c/b in KS1 SATS reading tests. When I taught y2 I had a child who couldn't read half the text but was able to guess from the pictures and tick multiple choice boxes. She achieved a 2b. Two years later in y4 she sti...
by Hammered
Sat Dec 29, 2007 10:36 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Script for CH4 TV 'The Dyslexia Myth'.
Replies: 2
Views: 1373

I think this is the same one. It is still shown now and then on teachers tv.

http://www.teachers.tv/video/4860
by Hammered
Sun Dec 23, 2007 6:47 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Chris Jolly's Conference Talk
Replies: 5
Views: 1710

Yes thanks for these links. They make very interesting reading, especially for those of us who missed to leadup to the Rose Report 3 years ago. I have particularly enjoyed reading the evidence Debbie, Morag Stuart and others gave in the appendices of the 'Teaching Children to Read' document which I ...
by Hammered
Sat Nov 10, 2007 12:50 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Good Conference!
Replies: 14
Views: 4192

Is there likely to be a DVD this year for those of us who couldn't make it?
by Hammered
Thu Oct 25, 2007 6:56 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Lost for Words website -advice for parents on intervention
Replies: 18
Views: 4287

'a ratio gain is group's average gain in reading or spelling age in months divided by the time between pre- and post-test in months.' (p14). I am right in understanding that the Greg Brooks report merely consisted of each programme submitting its own findings?? I heard Jean Gross speak last year and...
by Hammered
Sat Oct 06, 2007 8:36 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Tracks Literacy
Replies: 15
Views: 4843

As an add on to Judy's comments, in my opinion, when you teach children consonant clusters - sp sl st gr gl etc. all you are really doing is teaching them and practicing how to blend these two letters quickly, thus making it easier to read words beginning in these letters. In this respect you are do...