In order to have a strong understanding of primary English, teachers need to understand how children learn reading, writing and language, and how these develop throughout childhood. Covering the interconnected areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing, and aware of the new National Curriculum in England, this book gives beginning teachers clear pragmatic guidance on how to plan, deliver and assess high-quality teaching. Key features: *Recurring case studies in each chapter provide realistic examples of children's literacy development across the primary age phase *Research focus boxes explore contemporary research findings and what they mean for the classroom *Activities and classroom application sections give practical advice that can be used in teaching. This is essential reading for all students studying primary English on initial teacher education courses, including undergraduate (BEd, BA with QTS), postgraduate (PGCE, PGDE, School Direct, SCITT), and also NQTs.
Linda Saunders is a senior lecturer in primary English at St Mary's University Strawberry Hill, Twickenham. Here, she works on the primary PGCE and MA programmes. Prior to university work, Linda taught extensively in English primary and special schools as a class teacher, English and a special educational needs coordinator and an advisory teacher for special educational needs. Following on from her doctoral thesis examining reading aliteracy she has continued to research reading motivation.