This is why the SPaG test (now remodelled as the GPS test) is serious, nasty and dangerous
Oxford University Press has created a new iPad app designed to help children learn how to spell. Called Spell with Pip: An Oxford Spelling Game, the app turns spelling into an arcade-style game for the 4-8 year olds.
The app features a parrot named Pip who does somersaults when the player correctly places a letter. When the word is misspelled, he squawks and loses a feather. Pip serves as a kind of guide through a jungle of letters and spelling games. The app has more than 3,000 words, all of which were taken from the Oxford’s First Dictionary. The app is Oxford University Press’ first children’s dictionary app.
Michael Rosen sums up where the UK education system is at… Grainy video, but worth your time.
The best-selling author, who receives hundreds of fan letters each week, told The Independent that children from Eastern Europe, Spain and Portugal all had better spelling and grammar than British children.
“They’re writing in English, and apologising for their English, yet these letters will be more grammatical and spelt more properly than [those from] our own children. It’s quite extraordinary.” Around 90 per cent of children who write to her cannot even spell Jacqueline correctly, she said, adding that standards had slipped in the two decades that children had regularly written to her.