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by Kat
Fri May 08, 2009 12:15 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Spreading the disadvantage
Replies: 22
Views: 8512

We have quite a few of course who make fairly rapid progress during pre-primary but percentage -wise Jenny, I'd say zero percent come to school already able to read books, (in my experience that is.) My experience, having taught entry age pupils for 18 years, mirrors JAC's. The only exception (to t...
by Kat
Tue Mar 17, 2009 12:31 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: elf
Replies: 49
Views: 22697

‘Full literacy will generally be achieved within a period of two months to two years’. ( http://www.englishliteracyfoundation.org.uk/page3.php ) This (particularly the 'two months' limit) is an impressive aim and, as a class teacher of 4-6 year olds, it grabbed my attention. However, based on what I...
by Kat
Sat Mar 14, 2009 12:13 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Every Child A Reader Spring Newsletter 2009 NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 4752

g.carter wrote:[But for one-tenth of the cost of RR SP can teach virtually all children to read. Is it really still fasionable to chuck away so much money ...
Perhaps the dark cloud of recession will turn out to have a silver lining!
by Kat
Wed Feb 04, 2009 2:31 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Government claims school pupils doing brilliantly
Replies: 12
Views: 5000

No Jenny, my post was not edited, It was written in haste and I regret not including an explanation for the SP acronym. :oops: Hopefully as synthetic phonics is mentioned a number of times in the article, readers will put two and two together. Geraldine, the articles as they appear aren’t actual sta...
by Kat
Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:24 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Government claims school pupils doing brilliantly
Replies: 12
Views: 5000

Hi Ger- it was this Kat(e) :smile:
by Kat
Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:46 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading: ESL and Comprehension
Replies: 20
Views: 8159

In a similar situation eg. listening to a news report in French (a language I studied at secondary school), I may pick up the gist of the report but have difficulty answering specific questions posed afterwards. However if I were listening with purpose- for an answer to a pre-posed question, I would...
by Kat
Thu Jan 22, 2009 12:20 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Barack Obama and Incidental Phonics!
Replies: 4
Views: 2635

Barack Obama and Incidental Phonics!

What a wonderful incidental opportunity to revise code knowledge and to practise blending and segmenting skills in a meaningful context with my YR/Y1 pupils, while informing them about world events, was the inauguration of the very 'decodably' named Barack Obama as American president. :grin: The chi...
by Kat
Tue Dec 16, 2008 6:58 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Irish website with SP information
Replies: 2
Views: 1692

Thank you! It isn't actually a 'blog' as such, but rather an 'archive' collection of some postings I made over a period of about 18 months on threads on another Irish teachers forum-this may explain the random nature of the topic headings! I composed the postings, sharing my experience as an early y...
by Kat
Thu Aug 07, 2008 1:43 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Narrowing the Gap
Replies: 14
Views: 5874

Hello Susan, As always I admire your forthright, pragmatic and ‘research supported’ posts. The following quote was exactly what I needed when involved in a discussion on the channel 4 ‘Lost for Words’ forum last year: ‘Good SP instruction will benefit all students, but it isn't true that it will eli...
by Kat
Thu Apr 24, 2008 12:53 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phonics
Replies: 97
Views: 33548

Thank you Kelly for highlighting these two exceptions to the c rule. Being 20 years married to a soccer fanatic – both player and spectator- I was first amazed that I hadn’t picked up on this before and then curious. So I did a little research, for interests sake, and I think I may have finally foun...
by Kat
Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:40 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Discussion of a new book
Replies: 48
Views: 20040

Hugo, I am aware that you are involved with adult readers, that as you say your "beef is with the idea that teaching any one fundamental approach exclusively will tend to fossilise behaviour thereafter, especially in the weaker student with less confidence and more learned helplessness" and that you...
by Kat
Wed Apr 09, 2008 7:04 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Discussion of a new book
Replies: 48
Views: 20040

My problem is that if we teach that reading IS sounding out the weaker student will go on assuming that and will miss out on learning to rely increasingly on visual recognition of words and bits of words, which is what the fluent reader uses as her first line of attack. But Hugo, we don't teach tha...
by Kat
Sun Apr 06, 2008 9:48 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Lost the plot?
Replies: 19
Views: 9282

'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?' I did a double take for a minute there Hammered- I missed the quotation marks and I thought you were expressing your own view!! P.S. Were this tru...
by Kat
Thu Apr 03, 2008 9:20 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Syllables
Replies: 17
Views: 13972

One of the biggest problems with multi-syllable words, whether or not they are decoded according to O-G's (horrendously complex) 'rules', or by 'tweaking', is that children need to know the spoken version of the word before they can tell if their decoded word 'sounds' correct. Many of the children ...
by Kat
Tue Apr 01, 2008 9:43 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Syllables
Replies: 17
Views: 13972

Rod wrote: 'In my experience, they have to be able to read one-syllable words on sight (without overt sound-by-sound blending) before they can begin multisyllable instruction. Otherwise, the process overwhelms them, probably because of the demands on working memory. They need to be able to look at "...