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Good luck to all this exam season! And a reminder not to stress, exam grades don’t always reflect your abilities and definitely not who you are!

💫 SATs week is here...... this poem sums it up perfectly 🥰 💫

Waldron Jones

Photos from Miss Miles EYFS's post 10/04/2024

“Meet your child where they are at, not where the world expects them to be.”



Can you crack the code? Give me a 👍🏼 in the comments if you can and read the caption below 👇🏼

This post is designed to demonstrate the power of Phonics. If you are able to work out what this post says chances are you had to revert back to your Phonic knowledge to decode and read the words. For example, knowing that 'ui', 'ew' and 'ue' can all make an /oo/ sound like in 'fruit', 'new' and 'blue'; that 'oe' and 'ow' make an /oa/ sound like in 'toe' and 'snow'; or 'y' can make an /i/ like in 'rhythm'.

Experienced, efficient and effective readers read words automatically with very little conscious effort. Consider the words in this caption; you do not need to rely on Phonics to read them because you have built up a large bank of familiar words that are stored in your long term memory. However, if you attempt to read a complicated, unfamiliar word then you will revert back to your phonic knowledge to read it and draw on your experience of the graphemes and phonemes within other more familiar words. Think about reading dinosaur names or scientific terms. Try reading the name of the dinosaur below:

Huehuecanauhtlus tiquichensis.

This is what children just starting out on their reading journey are initially doing. In the beginning every word is an unfamiliar word and they need to rely on their phonic knowledge to read them. By teaching children Phonics you are equipping them with the tools to decode and attempt to read any new and unfamiliar words. This is why teaching children to read has, quite rightly, moved away from sight reading and the memorisation of words. Phonics is the key to cracking the code of the English language!

Dr Martin Kozloff (2002) stated, "If a child memorized ten words, the child can only read ten words, but if a child learns the sounds of ten letters, the child will be able to read 350 three-sound words, 4,320 four-sound words, and 21,650 five-sound words."


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A reminder during exam season. Good luck my lovelies and remember exam results don’t reflect your whole person so don’t stress 🥰

💫 SATs week is here...... this poem sums it up perfectly 🥰 💫

Waldron Jones


I can’t believe today marks two years since I started my little tutoring business! To think it started as a little something during the dreaded Covid ’home learning’! Thank you to all my students, families and all the others who have helped me along the way 🥰 Here’s to the next year! 🥂🎂

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Quote by Richard Louv


‘They will not grow old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them’

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