Spelling

Spelling is something which has been the bane of my life.  I was in the generation of children whose primary teachers had been trained that spelling should be “caught, not taught”, but unfortunately, I didn’t catch it; or at least not all of it. I obviously managed to drag myself through, however, and did indeed go on to get an English degree and to become an English teacher.  Only for spelling (and how to teach it) to become the bane of my life again! A few days ago, a friend of mine bemoaned the fact that she was struggling to … Continue reading

Phonics

If you have children in nursery, pre-school or primary school at the moment, you will no doubt have heard the word phonics. A school or nursery which communicates well might have had a parents’ information evening to help you. However, when your child comes home with “split-digraphs” and “CVC” words to learn, you may become a little baffled by it all. Fear not, in this blog post, I hope to demystify the whole thing (at least a little) and leave you feeling able to help your child learn to read in a way which will complement the way in which … Continue reading