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As Easy as A B FluenCy!

Penny Slater, Deputy Lead Adviser for Primary English shares some class-based exploration of reading fluency.

There is definitely a buzz in the air about fluency at the moment! And quite rightly so…

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Reading on the Rise -Raising Standards conference 27th March

We are extremely pleased to be able to provide schools with an opportunity to hear from Sarah Hubbard  – Ofsted’s National Lead for English – who will be leading a session on ‘Reading, assessment and curriculum development’. Places are limited so early booking is advised.

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HfL Primary English newsletter Spring 2017

Here we are again.   A new term.  A new year.  We hope that you have had a lovely Christmas break and that the new term has begun as smoothly as possible for you all.   With this in mind, we thought we’d share our latest-hfl-primary-english-newsletter-spring-2017as swiftly as possible, especially as it is such a short half term.

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Readability measures

Kirsten Snook is a Teaching and Learning Adviser for English at Herts for Learning.

Confession time. I’m quite an analytical person. Always have been. I like to know the parameters of things, what’s expected of me and how to get there…maybe we all do. It is this that led me to looking into readability of the test papers and trying to find out what is being expected of the children and therefore us as teachers.

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Do you sound good to listen to? (or ‘Fluency: reading’s best-kept secret weapon’)

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Kirsten Snook is an English Teaching and Learning Adviser at Herts for Learning

Fluency is undergoing somewhat of a revival in England. It has long been the poor relation, the magnolia paint let’s say, of reading; a general stage the ‘typical’ reader will attain when s/he reaches about a quarter past seven years old. Prior to this, children are slow readers, they are laborious decoders; they are – after all – learning how to read. Or are they…?

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Giraffe-Girl, the Rowboat Rascals & the Dastardly Dodo of Doom: Where next after the 2016 Key stage 2 reading test?

Martin Galway is an English Teaching and Learning Adviser for Herts for Learning.

 

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I thought twice about the title of this blog.  In fact I thought thrice. I had second thoughts because I am anxious not to come across as facetious or glib when, for many, the outcomes of this year’s reading test are still being processed and digested and the fuller picture of what the scores happen to mean will not be known until after the summer holidays. I thought a third time because it is such an “out there” title that it is unlikely to do our blog any favours in terms of search results or casual views.  I mean, it reads like Enid Blyton by way of  the Beat Generation.  Can you imagine pitching it as a book?

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Digging for spelling treasure with ‘The Pirate Cruncher’ by Jonny Duddle (KS1 / catch-up).

Kirsten Snook is an English Teaching and Learning Adviser for HfL

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What a treasure trove of writing opportunities unfurls from this book! The creator of the award-winning picture book ‘The Pirates Next Door’, weaves in so many print features and detailed artwork that there will be something to capture even the most reluctant readers, and to give them reasons to write. Continue reading “Digging for spelling treasure with ‘The Pirate Cruncher’ by Jonny Duddle (KS1 / catch-up).”

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