You are here

Primary English: Knowledge and Understanding

Primary English: Knowledge and Understanding

Eighth Edition (Revised and Updated Edition)
Additional resources:

April 2017 | 320 pages | Learning Matters
Now with online resources to support subject knowledge!

Secure subject knowledge and understanding is the foundation of confident, creative and effective teaching. To help your students master this, the Eighth Edition of this established text now comes with a range of online resources available on the brand new companion website including:
  • Interactive English subject knowledge audit: to assess your students subject knowledge in primary English. Save valuable teaching time at the start of the year by setting is as a pre-course audit and ensure students have an accurate picture of their ability before they begin. Grading your students' overall performance, results can be shared with you immediately and include further reading suggestions so students can revisit areas where they require improvement.
  • Reflective self-assessment questions: more than 70 "check your learning" questions help consolidate students’ understanding of each chapter topic and monitor their learning as they work through the book.
  • Irregular verbs: a handy reference of all the irregular verbs so trainees can teach English confidently.
  • Glossary: building students' knowledge, the full online glossary of terms for English helps them know their "digraph" from your "soliloquy."
This Eighth Edition, covering the whole primary curriculum, also includes new chapters on handwriting and the nature of learning. Updated interactive activities throughout the book engage students in their learning and enable discussion. Using this book in conjunction with the free online resources really makes this the complete package for developing English subject knowledge. 
Spoken English and Standard English
The nature of learning
The acquisition of language
Representing sound in writing
Words, vocabulary and morphology
The grammar of the sentence 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

This is the definitive text on English teaching for Primary initial teacher training students, and this eighth edition has all that my undergraduate and postgraduate students need to support my teaching on their courses.

Dr Matt Smith
Faculty of Education, Health & Wellbeing, Wolverhampton University
August 10, 2017

I have chosen this book to be one of the core texts for our PGCE students from Sept 2018. it is an excellent book designed to support the pedagogical understanding of how chn learn English and what trainees will need to know in order to be successful teachers of primary English.

Mrs Jane Scholey
School of Education, Oxford Brookes University
August 10, 2017

A clear, succinct and accessible text for all trainee teachers, highlighting links between theory and classroom practice and instilling the vital importance of acquiring and maintaining excellent subject knowledge

Mrs Susan Braud
Department of Teacher Education, Bedfordshire University
June 19, 2017

An all time book useful for all courses on teacher training.

Mrs Kulwinder Maude
School of Education, Kingston University
June 19, 2017

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

Purchasing options

Please select a format:

ISBN: 9781526402981
£ 21.99
ISBN: 9781526402974
£ 71.00