Early Reading – The Simple View of Reading

Expert advice on early reading and phonics, for trainee teachers Julie Bowtell from the School of Education, University of Hertfordshire, aims to deepen students’ understanding of key aspects of their English course and the two dimensions of the Simple View of Reading. After explaining that reading is an active process of getting meaning from print, Julie explores methods to achieve this, including the use of a literacy game-show format. With the help of volunteers, Julie demonstrates activities that assist in the teaching of phonics, including Odd One Out, where pupils identify which pupil name sounds different from a small selection of the class, and Phonics Full Circle, where six pupils, who each have a placard displaying a letter, have to make a series of three-letter words. Finally, Julie demonstrates how to encourage children to engage with text by predicting and pronouncing the phonemes in a covered-up word from a popular story book.

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