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Looking After Literacy

Looking After Literacy
A Whole Child Approach to Effective Literacy Interventions

First Edition

November 2017 | 232 pages | Learning Matters
Looking After Literacy is about supporting all children to overcome their individual challenges to literacy. It is about considering the whole child when exploring options for interventions and accepting that many children have more than one need. It examines the many factors that can contribute to literacy difficulties and highlights the importance of understanding the wider context when considering them.

The text draws on the latest research in education, psychology, neurology, and sociology to illustrate how children's literacy development can be mapped against difficulties in other areas of their lives. This is a ground-breaking and accessible book for all trainee and existing primary teachers working with young children who are experiencing difficulty with reading, written, and spoken language.
The significance of phonics for ‘catching up’ with reading
Digital stories and becoming someone different
Me, myself, I: using drama to explore self in primary school
The reading and writing environment: literacy grounded in an ethic of care
Starting early – translating literacy into early years interventions
A world full of colours and sounds: using adjectives and adverbs in
The physicality of writing and speaking
Culture and literacy: storying capital and children’s lives
Communication and spoken word
Using multilingual narratives to explore loss and grief
The deliciousness of reading

This book is amazing!! It really capture the true essence of literacy following a child-led approach! I would like to thank the author for such great work!

Dr Evgenia Theodotou
CASS School of Education & Communities, University of East London
October 11, 2018

A very useful title for the current times especially when we have such a diversity of children in schools in the UK>

Mrs Kulwinder Maude
School of Education, Kingston University
January 2, 2018

This fascinating book explores a range of aspects of literacy across different areas of learning, exploring the building blocks of language, issues relating to emotional development and additional support needs, and also the importance of narrative for varied aspects of the curriculum. It is quite an eclectic collection of chapters. However, for any teacher interested in investigating how to increase the impact of their teaching using literacy strategies, it is invaluable. There are case studies to illustrate key points and activities to help readers contextualise what they are learning too.

Dr Louise Campbell
Moray House School of Education, Edinburgh University
May 8, 2017

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Caroline Walker-Gleaves

David Waugh

David Waugh is a former deputy headteacher who worked in ITT from 1990 at the University of Hull, where he led the PGCE course and became Head of Department. In 2008 he was appointed as one of two (the other being Wendy) National Strategies Regional Advisers for ITT. He is currently lectures at Durham University. He has published extensively in primary English, as well as developing e-learning resources for National Strategies for English, mathematics and mentoring and coaching. David also writes children’s stories, including The Wishroom, which was written with 45 children from 15 East Durham primary schools and published in 2017. More About Author

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