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.

Reading comprehension

Reading comprehension


  • To identify key features of progression in reading comprehension
  • To examine literal, inferential and evaluative comprehension
  • To relate progression in reading comprehension to daily classroom practice
  • To evaluate common forms of reading comprehension assessment


The purpose of reading is to gain meaning from print. Reading for meaning is the ability to comprehend and engage with print. Pupils’ use of multimodal text and illustration are part of the reading comprehension process. Effective reading comprehension is the key to becoming an active and enthused reader since effective comprehension is the ultimate reward for reading. By discovering new, unexpected and multiple layers of meaning, both within and across texts, readers are prompted to choose to read for their own purposes and for their own pleasure. In this way, ...

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