October 31st, I hope you have all had a good half term. As usual it was a frank but very constructive meeting and we were all genuinely pleased with the support we received for our approach to developing Teaching and Learning and our new Routines for Learning in particular. I have attached them again to this newsletter for your information. Again the feedback from those in attendance was very positive and your comments will help us to make it even more informative next year.
Wandsworth teachers at a workshop with me on hooking up with Perform-a-poem.
Teachers then performed and recorded poems learning about camera shots, audio, editing and uploading to the LGFL Perform a Poem site. Loads of learning and great ideas to take back to class. Hard Expectations or Great Times: Are you interested in finding out about new ways to engage with his novels?
Actress Miriam Margolyes and poet Michael Rosen are two of the experts from the worlds of theatre, film and academia who will be sharing their knowledge and experience of Dickens at this conference.
The government knows this. They have national and international stats to prove it, but they have refused on several occasions to do anything about it. Much more politically expedient is to talk again and again about synthetic phonics.
We should remember several things about SP: SP will never teach every child everything there is to know about reading. What is going on here? This runs against the stream of why we talk, listen, read and write. We do these things in order to exchange meanings.
However, we do know some things from the small piece of research that the governments both think is the killer blow in the argument for universal SP teaching in every state school. That is that far from resulting in a dramatic improvement in reading in children five years after SP — it caused a very small increase and by then, that increase could have come from any other number of causes going on in that school in that particular time — especially as things that should have been kept constant, were not eg intervention of home-school liaison reading officers, and the introduction of philosophy teaching in the school.
The comprehension scores went down. And this is the system that every school in the country is spending thousands of pounds on. Phonics is a political matter.
When you see it being taught, it looks instructional, and active.
It looks as if everyone is progressing. It fits the agenda of what people want to be saying about the relationship between children and adults in the present time. This was won for us by our forbears. You can get out 12 books on one library ticket and the next day, take them back and get 12 more.
If this government gets its way, this will be taken away from us. For parents who have the money and are interested not necessarily always linkedthere will be books in the house. Believe me, we are facing some tough times ahead on this matter.
But that comes with a warning: So, quite often I hear of people who say that they have written some stories or poems for children and would I please take a look at them. But what about artistic freedom?
What about the rights of the writer to write about anything? Two things in response to that: This affects everything we write, right down to the shape and structure of what we write, the tone we hit in the passages we write, the kinds of dialogue and thoughts we put into the writing.
A crude analogy here is cooking. We cook with the ingredients that we are given. So, in a way, we not only cook with appropriate and given ingredients, we also cook with an understood outcome in mind.
This set of memories of past writing and reading is what is in our mind as we write and indeed in the minds of the child readers as they sit down to something they can see is a book, or a novel or a picture book.
This means looking at books not only from the point of view of what they say and how they say it. It means looking at what kind of book it is, are there are other books like it?
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