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by Sue Blackburn
Tue Feb 16, 2016 2:53 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Norfolk Reading Project
Replies: 14
Views: 4715

Re: The Norfolk Reading Project

Jenny, yes - I was working with the very weakest ability and the school books were Biff & Chip type that they found difficult, so I thought the half hour I had with them each time was better spent on going back to basics on phonics and building their confidence by giving them materials that they cou...
by Sue Blackburn
Tue Feb 16, 2016 10:00 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Norfolk Reading Project
Replies: 14
Views: 4715

Re: The Norfolk Reading Project

I signed up for training for Volunteer Reading Help many years ago (before it got its 'Beanstalk' name). I remember having one or two training sessions and the word 'phonics' was not mentioned during them. At the end of the sessions, I was basically given a big box of books and games to play such as...
by Sue Blackburn
Fri Jul 03, 2015 7:54 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Real Action' video
Replies: 7
Views: 2820

Re: 'Real Action' video

Thank you for flagging that video Jenny - with so much bad news around at the moment, it is heart warming and well worth watching if you haven't done so already.
by Sue Blackburn
Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:50 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The end of dyslexia?
Replies: 49
Views: 14554

Re: The end of dyslexia?

Well it was certainly not the former. I don't like to say it was a bad school - the staff were incredibly caring and supportive, even in the most difficult circumstances, but I really felt angry that this pupil's lack of reading ability could have gone so long undetected. How many more young people'...
by Sue Blackburn
Thu Aug 28, 2014 10:08 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The end of dyslexia?
Replies: 49
Views: 14554

Re: The end of dyslexia?

Last night’s BBC1 Panorama – Last Chance Academy – was about a school in Birmingham that, instead of excluding problem children, teaches them in a separate specialist unit in the school grounds and promises all the students that they will achieve 5 GCSE passes. One pupil who featured a lot in the pr...
by Sue Blackburn
Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:50 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper
Replies: 171
Views: 38714

Re: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper

I agree with Jenny – I do think, when discussing this with Davis supporters, there should be recognition that some children will not need to start phonics instruction from the very beginning when starting in Reception. Obviously the aim is to make sure they have covered all the alphabetic code so th...
by Sue Blackburn
Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:19 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper
Replies: 171
Views: 38714

Re: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper

Sorry to ruin your day everyone - this is the main story on the BBC Education site -

Able readers damaged by phonics, academic says... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-25917646
by Sue Blackburn
Fri Jul 05, 2013 5:34 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Does this list strike you as a 'supporting phonics' list?
Replies: 2
Views: 1325

Re: Does this list strike you as a 'supporting phonics' list?

That is just plain daft when there are so many excellent books available now that can support phonics teaching..........
by Sue Blackburn
Tue May 14, 2013 9:42 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Apprentice
Replies: 1
Views: 2139

Re: The Apprentice

Yes - such a shame. Unfortunately, Jaz made the decision to volunteer for Project Manager on the first task before any of the others had time to blink, let alone volunteer, and it did not go well. We obviously don’t see all in the edited version of the programme , but although Jaz did a great job of...
by Sue Blackburn
Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:41 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: You tube - a really good synthetic phonics lesson???
Replies: 18
Views: 5049

Re: You tube - a really good synthetic phonics lesson???

I would agree with volunteer's comments. Parents would be very comforted to see their children involved with these activities, but there is no reinforcement via writing and the teacher cannot really tell who has got the message or not by the end of the session.
by Sue Blackburn
Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:45 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Catch up versus keeping up
Replies: 46
Views: 11528

Re: Catch up versus keeping up

It seems inaccurate to say that there is 'no mention' of these things in the draft primary curriculum when they are at the heart of it. ‘Reading’ is subdivided into ‘Word Reading’ and ‘Comprehension’ throughout the document, and those are the two dimensions of the ‘simple view’. It is made equally ...
by Sue Blackburn
Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:44 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Debbie Hepplewhite's handwriting website
Replies: 25
Views: 5208

Re: Debbie Hepplewhite's handwriting website

Debbie, I wasn't referring in that comment to the free resources on the handwriting website (which are great), but to the Table-top Alphabetic Code Chart I came across when I clicked through to the 'Alphabetic Code Charts Website'.
by Sue Blackburn
Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:52 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Debbie Hepplewhite's handwriting website
Replies: 25
Views: 5208

Re: Debbie Hepplewhite's handwriting website

This new site looks excellent Debbie - I will certainly be pointing people in your direction. Love the A4 size Alphabet Code Charts too - they look really useful. :grin:
by Sue Blackburn
Mon Jan 02, 2012 5:53 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Debbie Hepplewhite MBE
Replies: 24
Views: 6532

Re: Debbie Hepplewhite MBE

Would just like to add my congratulations - very well deserved.

Best wishes for the New Year.
by Sue Blackburn
Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:11 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Any reading books that introduce graphemes in RWI order
Replies: 9
Views: 1875

Re: Any reading books that introduce graphemes in RWI order

As in my previous reply, the home readers match as follows: Level 1 (set of 5 hardback books) - match Red Ditty Books Level 2 (set of 5 hardback books) - match Green Set 1 Level 3 (set of 5 hardback books) - match Purple Set 2 Level 4 (set of 3 hardback books) - match Pink Set 3 Levels 1 - 3 are des...