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.

Speaking and listening

Speaking and listening


  • To exemplify language for thought and language for communication
  • To identify key features of speaking and listening progression in primary English
  • To relate speaking and listening progression to daily primary practice
  • To evaluate the process of assessment for speaking and listening in the primary classroom


This chapter is the first of eight core chapters that address curriculum and pedagogy necessary for understanding primary English progression. In order to facilitate ease of access for busy student teachers, these chapters all have the same structure. Each chapter has three sections. In all sections the assess, plan, teach, practise, apply and review process is addressed (DfES, 2006). The pupil vignettes from Chapter 1 are used to exemplify the content. The first section summarises theorists and ...

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