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Phonics - KS4

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by Burdon, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. Hi all,
    In Spetember I will have some responsability for working with KS4 pupils with low literacy levels (reading ages below 9) and I want to do the best I can by them. Before I get too bogged down in it I thought I would put some ideas out there and see what the feed back is:
    - A 1:1 approach only with first name terms (they will recognise me but won't have ever worked with me before)
    - Teaching phonics/reading around pupils own interests i.e. decoding song lyrics, back pages of newspapers, Facebook etc
    - Designing some form of contract
    I want to argue for a separate room to do this in and not be floating around with a box. I want to get to know them and havbe the freedom of space to have an ipod loaded with the tracks they like etc - they are nearly adults after all!
    Very early days of thinking - any ideas appreciated!
    Nellie
     
  2. It appears from another thread that you have already decided to use RWI. Have you seen the new OUP RWI 1-1 tutoring pack? Warning -it is designed around the use of consumables.
    You might benefit from some of the info. on this page:
    http://www.dyslexics.org.uk/teenage_dyslexics.htm
    HTH

     
  3. mystery10

    mystery10 Occasional commenter

    How often and for how long each week have you got these teenagers for on a one to one basis, and for how many weeks in total?
    How willing are the parents to help?
     
  4. Hi

    I have RWI for Reception to Yr 8. I have nothing yet for KS4. I have seen the tutoring pack but could not find any information about the exact contents so I have emailed a local RWI teacher to ask.

    Thanks for the link

    Nellie
     
  5. Hi,

    As of yet all of this is unknown. I have no idea how many pupils etc so I am trying to create a proposal outlining what I would need in an idea sense.
    I would like to have them 1:1 at least twice a week. All KS4 pupils are permanent exclusions so they are on site for up to 2 years. Until I have an idea of what sort of program to deliver I am stuck as to answer how many weeks.

    Ta

    Nellie
     
  6. Parental support is mixed and many have very low literacy levels themselves so would not necessarily be in a position to use materials at home.
     
  7. I would say that the RWI tutoring pack would be unsuitable for KS4 as it's based on the RWI reading books for KS1.
    RWI do Fresh Start: 'Catch-up' reading, writing, spelling and grammar activities
    for children in Year 5 upwards:
    ''It basically consists of 34 'workbooks' (consumables) which progress from extremely simple to complex'' (HLTA using Fresh Start 1-1)
    You could also investigate:
    That Reading Thing. www.thatreadingthing.com Provides
    training in a basic remedial, linguistic phonics, one-to-one programme
    for older children, teenagers and adults or, without training,
    as a book and CD package.
    and
    www.phonicbooks.co.uk/


    - Totem series. 12 books specifically designed for older struggling readers Reading Age KS1 -start at cvc level - plus photocopiable workbook
    -
    Talisman series. 20 books specifically designed for older struggling readers Reading Age KS1 plus photocopiable workbook.

     
  8. I use Fresh-Start for KS3 but I would, perhaps, hesitate to use it for KS4 as some of the earlier modules might be considered a bit too 'young'.
    Sound-Discovery might be another programme worth investigating as it is quite 'age neutral'.
    Also, Phonics International
    Two things I think are good supplementary resources are a very simple little computer based programme called AcceleeReadAcceleeWrite, which uses text to speech software (pupils love habving the computer 'talk' to them), and some word reading games called TRUGS.
    http://www.dyslexic.com/acceleread
    http://www.readsuccessfully.com/
    http://www.syntheticphonics.net/sound-dicovery.php
    http://www.phonicsinternational.com
     
  9. Thanks for all the great advice and links!
     
  10. Hi Burdon,
    Sorry to have missed this; I've been away training. Please get in touch if you have any questions about That Reading Thing. It's been developed specifically for working 1-1 with older strugglers in or out of school, especially those who "don't do education".
    tmillar (at) thatreadingthing (dot) com
    And you won't have to float around with a box because it all comes in a plain black freeset (google them!) courier bag. [​IMG]
     

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