Mrs Janet Hilary · Sounds-Write · St George's CofE PS

Our wonderful testimonial from Jan Hilary of St George’s C of E Primary School

Sounds-Write is very proud to be able to make public this testimonial from Mrs Janet Hilary, headteacher of St George’s Church of England Primary School in London. I recommend Sounds-Write to every teacher and school leader I meet. At St. George’s, where deprivation levels are extremely high, we achieve consistently outstanding results in all phases.… Continue reading Our wonderful testimonial from Jan Hilary of St George’s C of E Primary School

Diane McGuinness · linguistic phonics · visual phonics

Sound to print: the appliance of science

‘Phonics,’ wrote Diane McGuinness, in her superb book Early Reading Instruction  ‘is a problematic word.’ Never was there a truer thing said! Why? Because ‘phonics’ is an umbrella term for all kinds of approaches, some good and some fair-to-middling-grim.  According to McGuinness, the ‘classification is unsatisfactory because it does not identify the critical difference in… Continue reading Sound to print: the appliance of science

Daniel Willingham · Flash cards · John Hattie

Why doesn’t The Literacy Blog advocate the use of flash cards?

There are a number of reasons why I think that phonic programmes that advocate the use of flash cards are barking up the wrong tree. The use of flash cards is a legacy of old fashioned phonics programmes, which emphasise the visual/graphemic at the expense of the aural. Presenting children with flash cards, which are… Continue reading Why doesn’t The Literacy Blog advocate the use of flash cards?