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Primary English: Knowledge and Understanding

Primary English: Knowledge and Understanding

Ninth Edition
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March 2021 | 376 pages | Learning Matters

All the subject knowledge students need to teach primary English.

Secure subject knowledge and understanding is the foundation of confident, creative and effective teaching. To help your students master this, this comprehensive text includes subject knowledge from each part of the primary English curriculum and comes with a wide range of resources so students can test their growing knowledge as they progress through the course. 

  • an online English subject knowledge audit with the ability to share results
  • end of chapter self-assessment questions 
  • Interactive tasks
  • an English subject knowledge checklist
  • useful weblinks for primary English teaching
  • Recommended further reading
This new edition has been updated and includes a new chapter on children's common misconceptions in English.
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
Looking more closely at children’s errors

This is our core text along with the Teaching Theory and Practice text. They are core texts for L4 students and beyond. They approach the essential knowledge needed for Primary Education students in a well structured manner and support our students in understanding the key principles of teaching English in the primary school as well as highlighting the aspects of SK they need to develop.

Education, Liverpool John Moores University
June 13, 2022

This and the partner book are great for providing a clear and thorough overview of the English primary curriculum

Mrs Katherine Pechey
School of Law & Social Sciences, London South Bank University
July 5, 2021