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by Anna
Tue Jun 28, 2011 3:03 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Any views on Success For All - FastTrack Phonics?
Replies: 12
Views: 6314

Re: Any views on Success For All - FastTrack Phonics?

The key point, which I should have also made is that reading a funny book, with engaging animal characters is likely to motivate him enough to compete with other favourite games!
by Anna
Tue Jun 28, 2011 3:02 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Any views on Success For All - FastTrack Phonics?
Replies: 12
Views: 6314

Re: Any views on Success For All - FastTrack Phonics?

Hi FE tutor, Have you thought about his parents using the BRI books with him? You would be able to get through the 3 BRI sets by September, if he reads one book a day. The books build in fluency as they go along. You wouldn't have reached many of the vowel digrpahs by that point but it may well be e...
by Anna
Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:58 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading and Spelling
Replies: 5
Views: 3041

Re: Reading and Spelling

Hi Susan, This is very interesting. I have been tutoring a very dyslexic girl for some years - using BRI/ARI. In the early days, much re-reading was needed of the first few sets and booster books. She is definitely starting to gain in fluency now (at the end of ARI 1). She has had all the usual mala...
by Anna
Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:32 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: matched Funding
Replies: 97
Views: 35270

Re: matched Funding

Strange as the above says that the funding is for KS1 pupils, but Fresh Start is a remedial prgramme, fr Yr 5 and upwards. It is a full teaching programme, though, which includes decodable texts. Hopefully, if Songbirds has been approved, then that bodes well for other decodables but it then doesn't...
by Anna
Fri Apr 22, 2011 3:48 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: matched Funding
Replies: 97
Views: 35270

Re: matched Funding

This is the link on the DFE website to the revised core criteria. You can download the publisher's self-assessment form. Marylynne wrote: Jelly and Bean has failed to meet the criteria because it has no daily discrete lessons and no definite method of assessment. From this I infer that the DFE are l...
by Anna
Fri Apr 22, 2011 3:26 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES threads of possible interest to RRF'ers. 2
Replies: 25
Views: 12454

Re: TES threads of possible interest to RRF'ers. 2

Hi Debbie, Thankyou for clarifying re. The OUP Sounds and Letters programme. Is the idea that this programme provides the practical resources to teach using the Letters and Sounds framework? These responses go to show that there are now a good range of decodable books available. The key is schools u...
by Anna
Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:08 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES threads of possible interest to RRF'ers. 2
Replies: 25
Views: 12454

Re: TES threads of possible interest to RRF'ers. 2

I agree very strongly with Jenny's conclusions. I work as a private tutor and have been doing so for 6 years. I now have several pupils in Year 2 and 3 and have noticed a difference in terms of the phonics work they are doing at school and things like references to 'blending of phonemes' in their IE...
by Anna
Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:40 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Where the Achievement Gap is Born
Replies: 136
Views: 59848

Re: Where the Achievement Gap is Born

Thanks, Susan for posting that link. I am currently fascinated by this topic, since watching 'The brain - a Secret History' on BBC 4 recently - fascinating and disturbing in equal measures. I am currently reading a very interesting and accessible book on this topic, called 'The Learning Brain' by Ut...
by Anna
Thu Jan 20, 2011 3:52 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Steiner ed. in N. Norfolk' blog posting on using phonics
Replies: 2
Views: 2088

Re: 'Steiner ed. in N. Norfolk' blog posting on using phonics

Hi Geraldine,

I would imagine that all Steiner schools are private. So I assume they wouldn't be required by law to use the Year 1 decoding test.
by Anna
Fri Jan 14, 2011 6:26 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Prof. Carpenter says SP 'fails premature babies'
Replies: 7
Views: 5652

Re: Prof. Carpenter says SP 'fails premature babies'

I watched the Great Ormond Street programme last year and this issue was raised. However, they were discussing children born extremely prematurely, who previously would not have survived. I am wondering if these children with really complex needs really would be in mainstream schools? They would sur...
by Anna
Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:24 pm
Forum: Purely Practical Posts -no politics!
Topic: Spelling
Replies: 6
Views: 11401

Re: Spelling

Hi Godot, You could email Fiona Nevola and find out if anyone who has done the Sound Reading System training is tutoring in your area. I have done the training and have been teaching the programme for nearly 5 years, I find the programme highly effective. You may need to travel a bit of distance tho...
by Anna
Mon Nov 01, 2010 3:53 pm
Forum: Purely Practical Posts -no politics!
Topic: Helping 2 older pupils with basic punctuation
Replies: 5
Views: 10229

Re: Helping 2 older pupils with basic punctuation

Hi Jenny,

Thanks for the very helpful suggestion. I am going to try this with the pupils this week and will report back. I am also going to ask the weaker one to write in cursive and see if we can eliminate his incorrect use of capitals at the end of words etc.
by Anna
Mon Oct 25, 2010 11:28 am
Forum: Purely Practical Posts -no politics!
Topic: Helping 2 older pupils with basic punctuation
Replies: 5
Views: 10229

Re: Helping 2 older pupils with basic punctuation

Hi Jac, Many thanks for your reply. The Fresh Start programme, which pupil a completed, has a proofreading activity. There is a total of 33 modules, so he did have lots of practice but it hasn't generalised to his own writing. As I said, I think this is because he is using so much processing thinkin...
by Anna
Thu Oct 21, 2010 11:40 am
Forum: Purely Practical Posts -no politics!
Topic: Helping 2 older pupils with basic punctuation
Replies: 5
Views: 10229

Helping 2 older pupils with basic punctuation

Hi all, I am working with 2 boys - both in Year 8, both of whom I have taught for 2-3 years. They both have quite severe underlying difficulties with memory - remembering code etc. I used The Sound Reading System with both initially but they did not make nearly as much progress as many pupils do wit...
by Anna
Mon Sep 27, 2010 8:45 pm
Forum: Purely Practical Posts -no politics!
Topic: 6 year old non reader
Replies: 18
Views: 24609

Re: 6 year old non reader

Hi Maltesers, In my experience as a tutor, I highly recommend the BRI books for pupils like this. The fact that the words are only increased very slowly in the first few sets may be the key. You may still need to model the blending a lot at first but hopefully the fact that he is paractising blendin...