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Primary English: Knowledge and Understanding

Primary English: Knowledge and Understanding

Sixth Edition

240 pages | Learning Matters
The essential subject knowledge text for primary English. Secure subject knowledge and understanding is the foundation of confident, creative and effective teaching. This comprehensive text includes interactive tasks, a self assessment section to allow trainees to better understand their level of knowledge and M level extension boxes to provide further challenge in all chapters. With full coverage of the English curriculum, and updated research summaries reflecting the latest thinking, this text is written to help trainee primary teachers develop and consolidate their knowledge of English. The Sixth Edition of this popular book features detailed links to the 2012 Teachers' Standards.

Key Features
  • All chapters and content are clearly linked to the 2012 Teachers' Standards
  • Includes essential links to the new Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Comprehensive and accessible guide to primary English
  • Key features encourage the reader to reflect on and consolidate their learning in the context of the curriculum
Spoken English and Standard English
The Acquisition of Language
Representing Sound in Writing
Words, Vocabulary and Morphology
The Grammar of the Sentences in Standard English
The Components of Sentences
Cohesion: Grammar at the Level of the Text
The Qualities of Stories
The Qualities of Poetry
The Qualities of Drama
Looking at Information Books
Electronic Texts
Self-Assessment Questions
Appendix: Irregular Verbs in English

This text clearly explains the language components in a reader friendly tone, without oversimplifying the concepts.

Ms Marcia Wellington
Basic Skills, Pertemps People Development Group
June 27, 2014

Unfortunately not the needed contents for international students

Miss Alla Sawatzky
Angewandte Psychologie, Hochschule Fresenius für Wirtschaft und Medien GmbH
January 12, 2014

This will become another 'favourite' of ours.

We will recommend it to all primary trainees.

Mrs Andrea McGowan
Department of Education, Gloucestershire University
October 25, 2013

This covers all the essentials clearly so that students can identify exactly what they are expected to know.

Mrs Pauline Palmer
Institute of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University
October 9, 2013

Change in requirements ie. have to achieved before they join the course.

Miss Diana Parton
Department of Primary Education, Bedfordshire University
September 17, 2013

Essential reading.

Mrs Alison Silby
School of Sport and Education, Brunel University
July 20, 2013

An updated edition of the version currently on the students' recommended book list

Andy Smith
School of Education (Park Campus), Northampton University
May 17, 2013

A key text for students who are having difficulty with teaching English due to subject knowledge issues. The practical tasks are very useful in developing understanding.

Mrs Suzanne Strawford
Education Department, Newman University College
April 29, 2013

Comprehensive, well written, good alignment with current expectations and very useful for undergraduate or PGCE/GTP students. Also a good resource for qualified teachers.

Mr Ian Tindal
Faculty of Education Chelmsford, Anglia Ruskin University
April 22, 2013

Essential for student teachers, teacher educators and teachers. The book highlights practical ways in which the standards can be acheived and also assists in providing an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the concepts involved.

Miss Emma Morris
School of Education, Newman University College
March 25, 2013

Jane A Medwell

Jane Medwell taught in primary schools in Cardiff and South Devon, before moving into teacher education. She has lectured at the Universities of Cardiff, Plymouth and the College of St Mark and St John, and is currently Director of Teacher Education and Associate Professor at the University of Warwick. Her research and writing has covered areas such as the teaching of writing and the use of electronic books to teach reading. More recently she has begun a major research programme exploring the teaching of handwriting, and has begun a unique programme of teacher education in primary Modern Foreign Languages. She is fluent in French and... More About Author

David Wray

David Wray taught in primary schools for 10 years and is currently Professor of Literacy Education at the University of Warwick. He has published over 40 books on aspects of literacy teaching and is best known for his work on developing teaching strategies to help pupils access the curriculum through literacy. His work was made an integral part of the National Literacy Strategy in England at both primary (1997) and secondary (2001) levels. More recently he has acted as consultant to a number of electronic learning projects and has begun new research programs exploring the importance and teaching of handwriting, and the use of mobile... More About Author

George E Moore

George Moore, now retired, was Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Education, University of Warwick. More About Author

Vivienne Griffiths

Vivienne Griffiths is a Professor of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University. More About Author