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Archive for September, 2015

Reprinting English Vowels Series

The final proofs have been sent to our litho-book printer for reprinting the English Vowels Series. The new books will be in the same format as the Tom and Bella books, i.e. 20cm square with 350 gsm covers. Some of the stories have been rewritten so that the past tense is used for narration in […]

A word without meaning is not a word

A word without meaning is not a word In the summer of 2010 the British government updated its core criteria for publishers for producers of  synthetic phonic programmes and supporting materials for teaching children to read. These core criteria, as they stood at 1st March 2012, can be found here. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/298420/phonics_core_criteria_and_the_self-assessment_process.pdf Since these criteria were introduced all children […]

What is meant by ‘decoding’- still unresolved – March 2017

  DECODING The term ‘decoding’ is often used to describe the transcription of written text to spoken language. I suggest it is this particular term, ‘decoding’, used in different contexts, that is responsible for much of the muddled thinking related to reading, writing and, in particular, synthetic phonics. In order to try to clarify the […]

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