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Primary English: Teaching Theory and Practice

Primary English: Teaching Theory and Practice

Sixth Edition

200 pages | Learning Matters

The essential teaching theory and practice text for primary English. Covering the skills of planning, monitoring and assessment and class management, it relates these specifically to primary English. With full coverage of the theory and practice required for effective and creative English teaching, this text is an essential guide for all trainees working towards QTS. Throughout, practical guidance and features support trainees to translate this learning to the classroom, embed ICT in their lessons and to understand the wider context of their teaching. This Sixth Edition includes links to the 2012 Teachers' Standards and notes on the new National Curriculum.

Key Features

  • All chapters and content are clearly linked to the 2012 Teachers' Standards
  • Separately examines the teaching of key literacy skills in KS1 and KS2
  • Practical and accessible guide to English teaching
  • Key features encourage the reader to reflect on their learning and make links between theory and practice
Learning English
Effective English Teaching
Speaking and Listening: Developing Talk in the Primary Classroom
Teaching Reading at Key Stage 1
The teaching and Learning of Phonics and Phonological Awareness
Teaching Early Writing
Teaching Handwriting and Spelling
Developing Reading at Key Stage Two
Teaching Writing at Key Stage Two
Teaching with Electronic Texts
Including All Children
Organising and Resourcing English at Key Stages One and Two
Assessing English

Now recommending 7th Edition

Ms Penny Amott
EYPE, Institute of Educ.
September 11, 2014

Generally very useful.

Mr Antony Quinlan
School of Education, Hertfordshire University
February 25, 2014

A good comprehensive text for ITE students that provides theory and practice in primary English.

Dr Barbara Brown
Education Francis Close Hall, Gloucestershire University
August 27, 2013

The new edition of the book currently on the students' recommended book list.

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

A very useful book which explains how to put the theory of teaching english into a classroom situation.

The M-level extension is really useful for students working at Masters level.

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

Jane Medwell clearly understands her subject and conveys her passion for the subject in a way that makes it highly accessible to trainees.

Michelle Lowe
Institute for Education Policy Research (Stoke), Staffordshire University
February 14, 2013

A useful overview of the teaching of Primary English. Accessible to students; linked to the new standards. Reflection tasks, M Level extensions and recommended reading are particularly useful. Students have also been recommended the accompanying 'Knowledge and Understanding' text. Reading both alongside each other provides the essential links between subject knowledge, theory and practice.

Sandy Stockwell
Faculty of Education, Winchester University
January 22, 2013

A basic guide to subject knowledge - it is an 'entry level' text but useful in pre-course reading requirements

Ms Ingrid Spencer
School of Education, University of Leicester
January 22, 2013

This was not challenging enough for my tutor group

Ms Claire Felix
Faculty of Health and Social Care Southwark, London South Bank University
November 1, 2012

A welcome update of a book that should be on every PGCE student's bookshelf.

Dr Alastair Daniel
Education Department, London Metropolitan Uni (North Campus)
September 19, 2012

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

Hilary Minns

Hilary Minns co-ordinates primary English courses in the Institute of /par1/Education, University of Warwick. More About Author

Vivienne Griffiths

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

Elizabeth A Coates

Elizabeth Coates is an associate fellow of the Centre for Education Studies at the University of Warwick. Prior to her retirement in 2013, she was an associate professor and director of the Early Childhood Studies undergraduate program at the University of Warwick. Since that time, she has worked on a part-time basis within the Centre teaching child development, education, and early years’ policy and practice. During her time at Warwick, she organized and directed five triennial international early years conferences and was founding editor of the International Journal of Early Years Education. Her background as an early years teacher has... More About Author