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Primary English: Teaching Theory and Practice

Primary English: Teaching Theory and Practice

Eighth Edition (Revised and Updated Edition)
Additional resources:

May 2017 | 272 pages | Learning Matters

Now with online resources to support teaching practice!

An extensive knowledge of the primary English curriculum is not enough for trainee teachers, they need to know how to teach English in the primary classroom.

This is the essential teaching theory and practice text for primary English that takes a focused look at the practical aspects of teaching.  It covers the important skills of classroom management, planning, monitoring and assessment and relates these specifically to primary English, with new material on assessment without levels. Greater coverage of teaching grammar is also included, whilst practical guidance and features support trainees to translate their learning to the classroom and understand the wider context of their teaching.  And to support students even further with the very latest strategies in classroom practice, this 8th edition now includes online resources on the brand new companion website:


-          Practical lesson ideas for the classroom

-          The Primary National Curriculum for English in Key Stages one and two

-          Tips for planning primary English

-          A recommended children’s book list

-          Useful weblinks for primary English teaching


Using this new edition with the supporting online material makes it an essential guide to effective and creative English teaching.

Learning English
Effective English teaching
Speaking and listening: developing talk in the primary classroom
Teaching reading at and before Key Stage 1
The teaching and learning of phonics
Teaching early writing
Teaching handwriting and spelling
Developing reading comprehension
Reading for information
Teaching writing at Key Stage 2
Teaching with electronic texts
Including all children
Organising and resourcing English at Key Stages 1 and 2
Assessing English

This is a useful, practical text for Primary education students, also offering insights for those teaching English and Literacy skills at Secondary level. With reflective tasks and further reading for each section, this text offers an accessible foundation for teaching core aspects of English and Literacy.

Dr Louise Campbell
School of Education & Social Work, Dundee University
October 1, 2019

An excellent book which marries theory and practice to support trainee teachers on an undergraduate course to explore the what and why of Primary English teaching.

Ms Ruth Hunt
CASS School of Education & Communities, University of East London
July 9, 2019

This is an excellent book for teaching children to read and write with guidance for new practitioners to improve and develop their practice. It is aimed at those undertaking initial teacher training so is not suitable for my current students however I would recommend it for further reading and those looking to go onto University.

Rachel Pearce
Health and Care, Middlesbrough College
June 13, 2018

This is an excellent text. Well laid out and easy to use and reference. We will use this as a core text.

Mrs Jane Scholey
School of Education, Oxford Brookes University
February 13, 2018

A clear, succinct and accessible text for all trainee teachers, highlighting links between theory and classroom practice

Mrs Susan Braud
Department of Teacher Education, Bedfordshire University
September 12, 2017

This book should be on every primary teacher training course's curriculum. It covers a lot of ground and is well-written and accessible.

Dr David Waugh
School of Education, Durham University
September 15, 2017

Comprehensive and well structured text, which supports trainee teachers in developing their knowledge and understanding of the complexities of teaching English.

Dr Tracy Whatmore
School of Education, Birmingham University
July 21, 2017