How do you distinguish whether a child is dyslexic? It is important to recognise markers which are common to successful identification. Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading, writing and spelling. Characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties in phonological awareness, verbal memory and verbal processing speed. It occurs across the range of intellectual abilities.
These difficulties can also manifested in mathematics, such as times tables recollection and sequencing and so on.
Nessy Learning UK: provides excellent games which are entertaining and deal with specific sounds to support dyslexic children who struggle to access the regular curriculum
Teaching the Dyslexic Child: A Video demonstrating how multisensory learning can support dyslexic children in the classroom
‘Dyslexia and Literacy, Theory and Practice’ Editors Reid G & Wearmouth J (2002) Chichester Wiley,
‘100+ Ideas for Supporting Children with Dyslexia’ Reid G (2011) London Continuum
‘The Dyslexia Pocketbook’ Bennett J (2006) Teachers Alresford Pocketbooks
‘How to Detect and Manage Dyslexia: A Reference and Resource Manual’ Ott P (1997) Portsmouth Heinemann
‘Dyslexia: A parents' guide to dyslexia, dyspraxia and other learning difficulties’ Muter V and Likierman H, London Vermilion
‘Addressing Difficulties in Literacy Development’ Editors: Reid G, Soler J and Wearmouth J (2002) London Routledge Falmer
‘Teaching Literacy to Learners with Dyslexia: A Multi-sensory Approach’ Kelly K & Phillips S (2011) London Sage
The Dyscalculia Toolkit: Supporting Learning Difficulties in Maths Bird R (2007) London Sage
In July 2012, in response to Lord Bew’s independent review of Key Stage 2 assessment, the Government announced that a new statutory English grammar, punctuation and spelling test (hereafter known as ‘the test’) for all children in Year 6.
The test will only include questions that assess elements of the current National Curriculum in English. The domain will include items that measure:
The main purposes of the statutory assessment are to:
Pie Corbett (2004) Jumpstart! Games and activities for ages 7 to 14. David Fulton Publishers: Provides a collection of exciting, multisensory games that are particularly useful as warm-up or starter activities.
Kate Petty and Jennie Maizels (1996) The Great Grammar Book. Bodley Head Publishing: An enjoyable introductory book for working with grammar in reception or key stage one.
Sam Taplin and Ruth Russell (2010) Grammar and Punctuation Activity Cards. Usborne Publishing: Fifty wipe clean activity cards with answers covering all aspects of grammar and punctuation.
Jane Chisholm (1997) Improve Your English. Usborne Publishing: Puzzles and quizzes alongside clear explanations of the spelling and grammar rules.
Grammar for writing: Interactive texts and resources for use alongside the Grammar for Writing teaching units.