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Primary English: Knowledge and Understanding

Primary English: Knowledge and Understanding

Tenth Edition
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May 2024 | 400 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

The trainee teacher's guide to all the subject knowledge required to teach primary English.  Includes practical and reflective tasks to help deepen your understanding and self assessment tests to check your knowledge and identify areas where more study is needed.

This 10th edition has been updated throughout and is now linked to the ITT Core Content Framework. 
1 Introduction
2 Spoken English and Standard English
3 The nature of learning
4 The acquisition of language
5 Representing sound in writing
6 Words, vocabulary and morphology
7 The grammar of the sentence in Standard English
8 The components of sentences
9 Handwriting
10 Punctuation
11 Cohesion: grammar at the level of the text
12 The qualities of stories
13 The qualities of poetry
14 The qualities of drama
15 Looking at information books
16 Electronic texts
17 Looking more closely at children’s errors


"Primary English: Knowledge and Understanding," published by SAGE, is a vital resource for primary educators. This tenth edition, authored by Medwell, Wray, Moore, and Griffiths, offers current insights into English teaching, blending theory with practical classroom strategies. It's an essential guide for both trainee and experienced teachers.

Mrs Sarah Barton
Education, Portsmouth University
June 26, 2024

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

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