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Teaching Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling in Primary Schools

Teaching Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling in Primary Schools

Third Edition

January 2019 | 272 pages | Learning Matters
Trainee and beginning teachers often find the teaching of grammar, punctuation and spelling especially challenging as they are not confident in their own knowledge. This popular text explores and provides the subject knowledge you will need to teach grammar, punctuation and spelling and gives guidance on how to teach it.

The text is really accessible and includes lots of examples and teaching ideas, enabling you to approach teaching with ease. Detailed examples of effective lessons show you how to engage children’s interest in some of the more formal aspects of writing and throughout, activities and practical examples demonstrate how you can translate this learning into the classroom.

This third edition has been updated to include more examples of children's work. A new chapter is added on 'Teaching grammar across the curriculum' to support an integrated approach to the teaching of grammar.
Teaching grammar
Why spelling matters
Spelling and phonics
Teaching spelling rules, generalisations and tricky words
Phrases, clauses and sentences
Putting it all together
Teaching grammar across the curriculum

Ideal for additional reading and ideal as a classroom resource. Student feedback was positive when using this text

Dr Chelle Oldham
Early Years Development and Learning, Coventry University
August 30, 2019

This is a great updated addition of a well-used text. Each section refers to national curriculum requirements, supports subject knowledge development and is underpinned by theory. Good reference is made to current debates and it highlights the need to teach grammar, punctuation and spelling in meaningful contexts.

Miss Hannah Chasteauneuf
School of Sport and Service Management, Brighton University
June 26, 2019

This is an engagingly written book that takes the dry topics of grammar, punctuation and spelling and makes them interesting through exemplification and storytelling. Very useful for teachers wanting to brush up on their skills in this area, and also good for inspiring engaging teaching around these topics.

Dr Louise Campbell
School of Education & Social Work, Dundee University
February 5, 2019

This is an excellent core text for our ITE students as it explains the theory behind language acquisition and gives high quality examples of how to teach grammar, punctuation and spelling effectively. Not many texts can be relied on this fully!

Miss Linda Lapere
School of Education & Social Work, Dundee University
December 31, 2018

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Teaching Grammar

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

Claire Warner

Claire Warner is an education consultant for Primary English. Her recent roles include working as a senior adviser for literacy with the National Strategies, and as a senior lecturer and leader of undergraduate ITE programmes at Chester University. More About Author

Rosemary Waugh

Rosemary Waugh is a linguist and classics teacher at Queen Margaret's School York. She has a particular interest in the history and development of grammar and etymology, and in their evolution. More About Author