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 engagement

Reading engagement


  • To identify key features of progression in reading engagement
  • To examine gender, age, ability and motivational based patterns of reading engagement
  • To relate progression in reading engagement to daily classroom practice
  • To evaluate common forms of assessment for reading engagement


The joy of reading is the excitement and art of discovery. To love to read is to choose texts for your own purposes and pleasure, to experience immersion in the written word and to understand the power of the printed word. While pupils can experience these features of engagement with film and audio sources, the process of reading itself allows the growth of knowledge and skills that are exclusive to the act of independent reading. Particular types of reading practice also seem to promote wellbeing ...

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