This practical guide considers the research evidence that is needed to inform enlightened practice, and offers concrete suggestions and teaching approaches for early years settings and classrooms. This comprehensive book shows the ‘what,’ the ‘how,℉ and the ‘why’ of innovative, creative practice for teaching language and literacy. The author clearly examines how young children learn to use both spoken and written language, and shows how to assess, plan and teach for the effective learning of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Each chapter includes case studies, learning and teaching suggestions, and further reading.

A Holistic Approach to the Assessment and Teaching of Literacy

A holistic approach to the assessment and teaching of literacy

Teachers themselves have to be more knowledgeable and skilled about reading in order to teach it successfully.

(Ofsted, 1996:8)

It is hardly surprising that training to equip those who are responsible for beginning readers with a good understanding of the core principles and skills of teaching phonic work … has emerged as a crucial issue.

(DfES, 2006: 5)


This chapter brings together, in summary, for the reader the most relevant theoretical issues which have been explored in depth in Chapters 15 so that the reader can make direct connections between fundamental theoretical concerns and classroom practice. Modes of assessing literacy are viewed as the ‘building blocks’ on which informed planning ...

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