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Here is a
case study on the use of portable word processors to raise
children's achievements in Writing. It has been submitted by the
manufacturers of Alphasmart, but written by Emma Cansdale, Key
LIteracy Teacher at Down Lane Junior School, Tottenham.
For those using NLS here are a set of MS Excel
sheets containing the targets for the scheme. Thanks to the prolific
Neil Whitmill! Neil says: I took all the NLS word, sentence,
text level objs for each term and put them in Excel. A column for
the teacher to number them/week is put in then when the teacher has
decided which week to use that obj they highlight the grid and sort
it numerically (auto-sort) and hey presto all objs are sorted into
the weeks they will be covered and no more writing for
medium term planning!!!!
NB yr5 and yr6 files have now been updated and
If you use
the NFER Group Reading Test 9-14 this little spreadsheet from
Roberta Downton will calculate "Standardised Age Score" and "Reading
Age" for the NFER Group Reading Test 9-14 - using Combo sliders to
avoid numerical input and the ambiguities of "duodecimal" years. It
needs no instructions or Add-Ins, and is protected to be
A profile of levels for KS1, from Beryl King. Beryl writes, "I use
the attached pro-forma when marking writing. I highlight what they
have achieved and see which column has most highlighted bits." See
also analyse_writing, above, for the matching KS2
This is a
link to an excellent website called Free Resources for Teaching
English. It has loads of downloadable worksheets, lesson plans,
schemes of work etc. for KS3/KS4. There is also an excellent links'
Dave Bryant of Northwood Primary School, IoW, for this set of 10
Acorn-only MyWorld2 screens for YR & KS1. They use
the first 45 Keywords. Children can pick up the words and arrange
them into sentences. (You will
need an unzipping utility such as !Sparkplug. You may need to reset
the filetypes, too. They are all Drawfiles).
great idea from Gary Chapman at Pennington Infant School (Lymington,
Hants). A week's worth of planned literacy hours using artworks
rather than text. "This lesson plan takes a very different
approach to literacy hour than the normal model. There is no big
book, no phonic focus, no guided reading. It makes a very refreshing
break from the norm and introduces the children to some interesting
concepts. The majority of the work is either done as a whole class
or in four mixed ability groups." The lessons here are aimed at
infants but the ideas would be useful with KS2, too.
Thanks to Bridgeen
McNulty for this interactive PowerPoint presentation. She writes:
The resource is intended
for use in Reception/Key Stage 1 as a short reinforcement activity
in recognising the spelling some common words with B as the
beginning sound with animations and sound effects. The resource can
be manipulated to represent any letter of the alphabet, simply
change the pictures and words.
Here is a set of MS PowerPoint presentations produced by Veronica
Carter for her reception class at Camelsdale First School (www.camelsdale.w-sussex.sch.uk).
They are zipped because PowerPoint files can be quite large. To view
the instruction use PowerPoint's View menu and
choose Notes page. One of the joys of PowerPoint
presentations like these is that you can easily modify them to suit
your own needs.
This one deals with
recognising words that begin with the three sounds ch, sh, th.
A set of flash cards
showing the vowel phoneme air (all three spellings). It is for
showing the different spelling patterns (different spellings are
highlighted in different colours). It is aimed at Year 2, Term 2.
Thanks to Faye McKinney.
This is an idea for
allowing children to practise spelling on the computer. The children
are shown the spellings which they then scroll out of the way before
typing it themselves. They are told whether their attempt is right
or wrong. The list of words supplied can easily be changed. Thanks
to Kirstie Palmer.
Have parents ever asked
you about their children's spelling problems? Here are 5 questions
that parents ask - answered in an extract from a book called:
MY KID CAN'T SPELL!
Understanding and Assisting Your Child's Literary Development
by J. Richard Gentry
PowerPoint presentation from Mike Boswell, aimed at Year 5 or 6. He
The ppt includes the text
of the narrative poem "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes, an activity
for learning the more challenging words from the text and identifies
metaphors, similes and onomatopoeias within the text.
wall - reading skills set out as bricks on a wall. As you go up
through the courses of bricks you go up through the levels. From W1
- L3/4. Thanks to Beryl King for this useful assessment / tracking
This MS PowerPoint presentation examines the
process of writing a narrative poem. It is based around How the
Bumble-bee Got His Stripes by Nick Toczec which can be
found in The Works (which many of you will have copy of).
Thanks to Samantha Norling.
that deals with story writing skills. Peter Smith describes how he
sets about the task of helping young writers develop their abilities
to write suspenseful stories. He describes a number of strategies
that he has used and would love to hear how others do it.
(particularly applicable to Y6 approaching SATs).
Daley has submitted this set of sheets to help pupils plan
autobiographies. The first few deal with first second and third
person pronouns; the later sheets deal with planning and writing the