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So, if you’re interested you can find me in these three places chatting away most days. Quite a few people recently have asked me where they can find the words of ‘Chocolate Cake’.
To start writing you need something ‘itchy’ that needs to be ‘scratched’…a problem, a dilemma, a conflict, a lack of something or somebody and the story will be how this problem is solved or resolved or satisfied. So, for example, if say, the children have read a story like ‘Matilda’ (Roald Dahl), get them to think about how this is structured around places – home,school etc; who is the central character – one girl; what her problem or problems are: horrible parents, horrible teacher; who’s going to help her – Miss Honey.
It’s a reminiscence of what it was like growing up in the London suburbs in the 40s, 50s and 60s, with parents who came from London’s East End, with roots in Poland.
They were Communists up until 1957 and then left, after we came back from East Germany.
Just to be very clear, so that I’m not misquoted or misunderstood on this: what I say and will go on saying is that synthetic phonics (SP) is one system for teaching children to read. That’s to say, the children are asked to just learn these words as ‘in toto’, as whole words; b) there are some schools which teach initial reading using SP and consider that the work they do with poems, rhyming words, stories, library use is not ‘teaching to read’.
It may well be a necessary part of teaching to read but it is not ‘sufficient’. Recently, I have been in arguments with people about two things: a) the SP packs that schools use include a category of words which they call ‘tricky words’. What I and people like me think is that this is also ‘teaching to read’. Because the written language as a whole – its sound, its structure, its rhythms, its particular use of words and phrases all have to be learnt so that one can read with confidence, fluency and understanding – as well as giving motivation to learners to want to read. This month’s poetry hint for your classroom: why not get rid of your ‘Word Wall’ or ‘Wow Words’?