Reflections on boys’ reading

Reflections and tips on boys’ reading… I asked a few friends who have boys of varying ages what their thoughts and top tips might be on getting/keeping boys reading.  Here are their responses … 1. Well, he’s gone slightly off the boil at the moment, not enjoying his current book…. Anyway, I’d recommend: – Start early; read […]

frattempo client wins 2012 BETT industry award

Gill Budgell of frattempo was delighted to have been part of the award-winning team from Oxford University Press  at the 2012 BETT awards held in London. Oxford Owl, a free educational site offering literacy and numeracy advice for parents, beat a tough line up of competing entries to win the category for Digital Collections and […]

Phonics #2: Phonics is not a science.

Phonics is not a science. Fact. There are many grey areas. The alphabetic code is something that we try to teach coherently to increase children’s chances of success in learning how to read and spell. We all agree that there are 26 letters of the alphabet and we agree that there are simple and complex […]

An artful beginning…

Fast, fluent handwriting begins with developing children’s gross and fine motor skills and what better way to do that than through an appreciation of pattern in art. Here are my Ten Top Tips from Penpals for Handwriting (Cambridge-Hitachi) Foundation Stage Teacher’s Handbook.

Phonics #1: RRF and Government Policy

At a recent major conference on the teaching of synthetic phonics I found myself engulfed by an interesting array of synthetic phonics gurus as well as Nick Gibb Minister of State, Department for Education since May 2010 and ex tax inspector, but now synthetic phonics advocate; quite a scary place to be. As messages of […]