Teaching the “f” sound | Elizabeth Gunner

Does your child find the “f” sound hard?  Now let’s be clear, we are talking about the sound ‘ffff’ not any rude words! This is the second in our series of posts about making specific speech sounds.  You can read the first post about teaching the “k” sound here.

When should a child be able to say the “f” and “v” sounds?

These sounds are known as fricatives meaning they are made with a long stream of air.  It is normal for a younger child to mispronounce these sounds.  The normal error is for the “f” to become a “p”, so fish becomes pish.  The “v” sound normally becomes a “b” so van…

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It’s that time of year agian… | Tim Mockford

A bit of nonsense for this week-

It’s that time of year again,
When all are tired and fed up,
Everyone has the holidays on the brain,
And too rushed off their feet to have a cup.

Kids have seen year 11 leave,
Allowing year 10 to step into the breach.
Coming out with actions that are hard to believe,
And being a right pain in the butt to teach.

Staff are frazzled and tired with fire-fighting,
Whilst trying to work what the new GCSEs are all about.
Staff work quietly but every tightening,
The tension palpable and not in doubt.

So let’s no take ourselves too seriously,
Mistakes will happen…

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Een nieuwe vorm van aanbesteden | Lenette Schuijt

De gemeente Nijmegen had genoeg van klassieke aanbestedingsprocedures, die  steevast leidden tot discussies met aannemers, meerkosten voor de stad en ongenoegen over de kwaliteit. Onmogelijk om alle werkzaamheden te voorzien en een offerte te beoordelen op goede uitvoerbaarheid. Omdat niet alles kan worden voorzien lopen ontwikkeling en uitvoering door elkaar, wat dikwijls voor vertraging zorgt. De projectleider openbare ruimte bedacht daarom een nieuwe vorm van aanbesteden, vooral voor grote complexe projecten.

Complex project

Robert Tannemaat, de projectleider, ging nadenken over een…

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Whole-School Literacy: why every school needs a Sisyphus. | Josie M

This post is a response to Alex Quigley’s recent blog, ‘Why whole-school literacy fails!’.

If you have any knowledge of Quigley, you’ll know how unnecessary it is to build an opposing argument to his. There’s rarely a moment where my own viewpoint is misaligned with his when it comes to teaching and learning – and all things language. And, in truth, 80% of the post I do agree with. However, having lived out the role of a ‘modern-day Sisyphus’ as he describes (that of literacy co-ordinator) for a number of years now, I’m keen to offer an alternative angle on the importance of literacy and…

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