Learning to read is one of the most important life skills teachers can help a child develop. Teaching reading is a vital part of a career in the classroom and engaging with the range of different learning styles children have is a real challenge. Trainee teachers need to learn how to address this variety of learning needs, and also meet the wider demands of the curriculum. Margaret Perkins helps students meet these challenges to become a confident, reflective teacher of reading by providing: * An in-depth explanation of phonics teaching alongside other teaching approaches, empowering trainees to choose the right approach for each individual child * Key research findings so students can apply the latest thinking to their teaching practice* School-based activities and independent learning tasks to help apply theory to practice, and develop teaching skills through self-reflection * Classroom scenarios of teacher-child interactions that demonstrate how children learn and respond to different teaching strategies.

Providing a Reading Environment

Providing a Reading Environment

Providing a Reading Environment

Chapter objectives

At the end of this chapter you should:

  • be aware of the importance of the reading environment
  • have some strategies for talking about books with children
  • know how to plan the physical environment of the classroom to support reading
  • choose texts for teaching reading which engage children and build on their existing skills and understandings.


I wonder where you go when you read. I usually read last thing at night in bed. However, the book I am reading has to be very engaging for me to be able to read more than a few pages before I fall asleep. When I have time to spare, I enjoy nothing more than curling up on the sofa with my book. I prefer ...

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