Essential tricky words by Masha  Bell
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Essential tricky words

The best young readers recognise quite early on that phonics gets u only so far, and that what learning...

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Spellings with wobbly sounds by Masha  Bell

Spellings with wobbly sounds

For as long as children meet only words in which all spellings have their main sound (e.g. Sam's dog...

Masha  Bell Masha Bell
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Phonic fundamentals by Masha  Bell

Phonic fundamentals

A knowledge of basic English phonics is both essential and teachable – so long as u stick just to regularly...

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Laying solid foundations by Masha  Bell

Laying solid foundations

English spelling makes learning to read much harder than in other alphabetically written languages, as...

Masha  Bell Masha Bell
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Learning to read English by Masha  Bell

Learning to read English

Fluent readers recognise all common words as wholes, whatever the language. But the way words are written,...

Masha  Bell Masha Bell
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Bringing Literacy to life. Engaging children. by Nick Corston
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Bringing Literacy to life. Engaging children.

It's been quite a journey since I gave up my advertising career to advocate for the power of people  and...

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The reading wars carry on by Masha  Bell

The reading wars carry on

Since my last piece, I have come across yet another suggestion for helping poor readers - www.psychologytoday.com/blog/r......

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Helping poor readers by Masha  Bell

Helping poor readers

Teachers keep looking for new ways to help poor readers. One of the latest ideas is to enlist the help...

Masha  Bell Masha Bell
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Letting my fleas jump high... by Sarah Hardy

Letting my fleas jump high...

This week I read this wonderful book...There are so many powerful essays in it to inspire those of us...

Sarah Hardy Sarah Hardy
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More lies about English spelling by Masha  Bell

More lies about English spelling

Some people keep trying to prove that English spelling is not as chaotic as it may appear. The ‘research’...

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False claims about spelling by Masha  Bell

False claims about spelling

Proposals for new teaching methods often include dodgy claims about other methods and English spelling,...

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Sloppy copy by Masha  Bell

Sloppy copy

Samuel Johnson damaged English spelling more than all other meddlers combined. ‘O’ for /u/ and ‘wa’...

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From bad to much worse by Masha  Bell

From bad to much worse

Making the spellings of /ee/ irregular, made learning to read and write English much harder than substituting...

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First silly spelling changes by Masha  Bell

First silly spelling changes

The monks who devised the first English spelling system in the 7th century had a bit of a problem. –...

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Good English spellings by Masha  Bell

Good English spellings

English consonant spellings are mostly good – much better than vowels ones. Except for doubled ones...

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The English alphabet 'code' by Masha  Bell

The English alphabet 'code'

All 205 spellings for the 44 English sounds aresummarised in Table 1 in englishspellingproblems.blogsp.......

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Words by Kiran S

Words

Words without meaning, without context, without a reason are worthless. The Year 5/6 statutory word list...

Kiran S Kiran S
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Teachology: Literacy Leadership by Elizabeth Draper

Teachology: Literacy Leadership

Headline: (1) 'Reading is the biggest predictor of success'Headline (2) 'Whilst the word rich get richer,...

Elizabeth Draper Elizabeth Draper
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Slow Writing... by Colin Grimes
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Slow Writing...

(photo courtesy of http://woodmansterneliteracy.primaryblogger.co.uk)Literacy has been my bogey subject...

Colin Grimes Colin Grimes
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Literacy across the curriculum - a great idea, but how? by Lisa Harford
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Literacy across the curriculum - a great idea, but how?

Literacy across the curriculum is a big focus for a school and is something I am currently exploring...

Lisa Harford Lisa Harford
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21st Century Teaching Challenge P2 by Sam Betts

21st Century Teaching Challenge P2

This multifaceted issue (see P1) is hugely challenging for the the UK as a developed nation and the solution...

Sam Betts Sam Betts
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21st Century Teaching Challenge P1 by Sam Betts

21st Century Teaching Challenge P1

Living in a western culture pervaded by immediacy, consumerism and materialism can present many challenges...

Sam Betts Sam Betts
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I ❤️ Teachers by Jules Daulby
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I ❤️ Teachers

Today, I announced in staff briefing that we had 19 non-readers in year 9 and I was looking for volunteers...

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Literacy everywhere.....even in my garden by Sarah Mclaughlin
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Literacy everywhere.....even in my garden

Embedding literacy.....it's easier than you think. When training as a FE teacher I worried about squeezing...

Sarah Mclaughlin Sarah Mclaughlin
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