In order to have a strong understanding of primary English, teachers need to understand how children learn reading, writing and language, and how these develop throughout childhood. Covering the interconnected areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing, and aware of the new National Curriculum in England, this book gives beginning teachers clear pragmatic guidance on how to plan, deliver and assess high-quality teaching. Key features: Recurring case studies in each chapter provide realistic examples of children’s literacy development across the primary age phase • Research focus boxes explore contemporary research findings and what they mean for the classroom • Activities and classroom application sections give practical advice that can be used in teaching. • This is essential reading for all students studying primary English on initial teacher education courses, including undergraduate (BEd, BA with QTS), postgraduate (PGCE, PGDE, School Direct, SCITT), and also NQTs.

Looking forward

Looking forward


  • To summarise current issues in primary English across examples of pedagogical and cross-disciplined research
  • To relate these themes to daily classroom practice


The final chapter of this book is designed to introduce examples of current issues related to primary English progression and to link them to classroom practice. The chapter is divided into two sections. The first section looks at examples of current pedagogical issues in primary English progression. Examples of research from education, cognitive neuroscience, ethnography and psychology appear. This cross-disciplined approach is designed to strengthen understanding of broader factors in primary English progression. The second section revisits the themes of progression in learning found in Chapter 1.

One of the roles of the practising class teacher and student teacher is to be ...

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