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.

Supporting Writing and Developing Writing for Different Purposes

Supporting writing and developing writing for different purposes

Across the world, the ability to write is acclaimed as one of the twin peaks of literacy and as one of the central gains from education. … Writing helps to bring permanence and completeness to communication. These qualities give literacy certain advantages over oracy for communicating across space and time.

(Beard, 2000:1)

Children should be taught written language, not just the writing of letters.

(Vygotsky, 1978:119)


The above quotation from Vygotsky (1978) expresses most perfectly my views on the teaching of writing throughout the early years of education and is one which I, unashamedly admit to using previously (Riley and Reedy 2000: xi).

Sadly for those beginning early years teachers already struggling to get to ...

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