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Spelling Rules Rule

        If you are not a particularly good speller, the more spelling rules you know and understand, the better your spelling becomes because it gives you a framework to determine the most likely spelling of a word and this is supported by a growing body of research (see the references below).  Yes, […]

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Science of Reading

6 Reason to Teach Using the ‘Science of Reading’

  In the inaugural edition of the Reading League Journal, Jennifer Buckingham (2020) identifies six benefits of using teaching strategies guided by scientific evidence. Earlier and more accurate word reading The research clearly shows that accurate word reading is achieved successfully and quickly through the systematic and explicit teaching of phonics. Better reading fluency To […]

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Subject Vocabulary

Subject Specific Vocabulary

Every subject has vocabulary that students need to understand in order to make sense of the content being taught. The current research suggests (see for example Rastle, 2018) that skilled adult readers routinely use morphological knowledge in addition to knowledge of the alphabet code to recognise words. A morpheme is the smallest meaningful unit of […]

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Discussing Books

  Sometimes a good way to ‘kill’ a child’s interest in reading is to ask questions about the book. As soon as you are asking questions, you are testing and for many children (especially poor readers) testing can be stressful.Instead of asking questions about the text, discuss your opinions and encourage and exchange of ideas […]

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Writing Poems

It is often difficult to encourage children to write, but unfortunately if they are not practising writing then are unlikely to become proficient writers.  Writing poetry is a good stepping stone to help children develop many of the skills underpinning effective writing. The advantage of poetry is that an idea is developed and expressed in […]

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