DfES: Learning and teaching for dyslexic children

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DfES: Learning and teaching for dyslexic children

Post by Susan Godsland » Fri Jul 29, 2005 2:53 pm

Here is the DfES latest ‘professional development' resource for teachers dealing with dyslexic pupils. It should come with a serious health warning. I’ve been through it and have discovered many serious faults –a few listed below. I’m sure you’ll be able to find many more. It’s about as much use as a chocolate teapot .

Learning and teaching for dyslexic children
http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/primar ... n/1170961/
Literacy section:
P4. Bridging Bands ie. Reading Recovery recommended.
P7. Sight word recognition -‘fluent readers have a high number of known ‘sight words’.
P8. ‘their phonological difficulties prevent them from spontaneously working out or generalising links between letters and sounds’.
P9. amended version of PiPs 'updated on the basis of current research' with ‘more emphasis on blending’ (no research references given)
P20. ‘Learning how to Learn –VAK.
3.6 look, cover, write, check.
3.7 Spelling. phoneme counts = word families or rhyming words.
3.7 Letter strings and blends. Find little words in bigger words.
3.8. Bubble writing !!!! Word stairs.
3.9. High frequency words/word banks.

In the ‘Library’ section:
Keyword chart lists words under alphabet letters –see a selection below –note the challenge this will set up for any young reader not taught with synthetic phonic methods let alone a ‘dyslexic’ one
A. all arm any C. change children Christmas E. earth eyes G. giant
K. know knee O. once only other out own S. she shop

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