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by Anna
Fri Nov 02, 2012 8:26 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check
Replies: 466
Views: 162284

Re: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check

Children can give an impression of being able to read ORT books because they memorise the book but show them the words in another context and they don't know them. I have had many parents reporting this to me. Others can memorise a certain number of whole words but eventually there are too many to r...
by Anna
Fri Nov 02, 2012 5:24 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check
Replies: 466
Views: 162284

Re: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check

Sorry, I meant possible pronunciations for that grapheme. :oops:
by Anna
Fri Nov 02, 2012 5:21 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check
Replies: 466
Views: 162284

Re: Opinion about the Year One Phonics Screening Check

Toots wrote: 'Trying alternatives is good, adding use of context is better.' This is fine if a learner has decoded a word but is unsure which of the possible pronunciations they have learned for that sound is the correct one. This is the way decodable readers such as the BRI/ARI books work. What is ...
by Anna
Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:09 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Crystal book: Spell it out. The story of English spelling
Replies: 15
Views: 9817

Re: Crystal book: Spell it out. The story of English spelling

I forgot to say that for teaching prefixes and word roots to help with vocabulary (and spelling) I have two American books called Red Hot Root Words. I have yet to use these but will be doing so soon with a pupil who is entering Year 8. She should be finishing Spotlight on Suffixes Book Two next ter...
by Anna
Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:36 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Draft English curriculum- the RRF response
Replies: 23
Views: 17499

Re: Draft English curriculum- the RRF response

Thank-you so much for doing so much work on the RRF response, Elizabeth. :smile:
by Anna
Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:31 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Crystal book: Spell it out. The story of English spelling
Replies: 15
Views: 9817

Re: Crystal book: Spell it out. The story of English spelling

Thank-you for telling us about this book, Susan. It looks fascinating. I agree with Geraldine. Many of my older tutees are fascinated by word origins and will ask about the origins of certain spellings. I know a certain amount but am keen to increase my knowledge with a user-friendly guide. I also r...
by Anna
Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:15 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Michael Morgurgo looks at synthetic phonics
Replies: 50
Views: 18156

Re: Michael Morgurgo looks at synthetic phonics

Hi Jenny, I have a degree in English from Leeds University, gained in 1993. I believe that my degree was fairly unusual in that it did cover English language, as well as literature, although literature still made up more of the total content. However, the degree did not cover much in the way of etym...
by Anna
Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:18 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Horizon
Replies: 2
Views: 1748

Horizon

I have just caught this evening's episode of Horizon entitled 'Out of Control'. The topic was the unconscious mind. I didn't see it all but there were some interesting parts about learning new skills and how practice enables skills to become automatic, so that our conscious attention can be focussed...
by Anna
Tue Mar 13, 2012 3:19 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Whole Language Reading
Replies: 4
Views: 2695

Re: Whole Language Reading

Thanks very much for reposting this Geraldine. I agree with Jim. I strongly suspect that many (most?) of the 'can read. won't reads' that Michael Rosen referred to are like the young man referred to here, to varying degrees. I have taught some children like this. They may have been considered as ver...
by Anna
Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:24 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: A particular type of reading error
Replies: 46
Views: 18206

Re: A particular type of reading error

Hi Volunteer, I believe that this problem might be part of what is known as 'perseveration'. I have tutored a few pupils who do this. It is linked to problems with short-term/working memory, where the memory trace seem to get stuck in the working memory. I have had a pupil who would do what you desc...
by Anna
Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:46 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Educational inequalities and Social mobility
Replies: 19
Views: 9017

Re: Educational inequalities and Social mobility

On BBC 4 this evening at 9.00pm - 'Grammar Schools - A Secret History.'
by Anna
Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:44 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Shanghai and Hong Kong education
Replies: 7
Views: 3623

Re: Shanghai and Hong Kong education

Very appropriately for this thread, there is a programme on BBC 2 this evening called 'Meet Britain's Chinese Tiger Mums'. Also, on BBC 4 there is 'Grammar Schools - A Secret History'. Video recorders or BBC i-player at the ready! :razz:
by Anna
Mon Jan 02, 2012 3:43 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Debbie Hepplewhite MBE
Replies: 24
Views: 13598

Re: Debbie Hepplewhite MBE

Congratulations, Debbie. Excellent news to start 2012! Thanks for all your hard work and hugely informative posts. Thanks. likewise, to all the committee and all who post. :razz:
by Anna
Wed Dec 07, 2011 1:34 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: A different conference
Replies: 34
Views: 17839

Re: A different conference

Geraldine, I can understand your concerns about the quality of some of the decodable books out there but I believe there are many high quality decodable series available, both as part of a programme or stand-alone. At this point, my impression (certainly in my area) is that very few schools are usin...
by Anna
Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:13 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The school that beat the rioters
Replies: 25
Views: 10508

Re: The school that beat the rioters

There was a report on Sacred Heart school on BBC news last night :razz:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14678240