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Progression in Primary English

Progression in Primary English

April 2015 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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.

What do we mean by progression in primary English?
Speaking and listening
English as an additional language
Progression in reading acquisition
Reading comprehension
Reading engagement
Writing composition
Spelling and handwriting
Looking forward

Written to inform classroom practice, this book explores research and theory in a practical fashion, making it a useful guide for all teachers of English.  It explores pedagogies in a meaningful manner with clear, thought- provoking activities designed to engage and challenge the reader. 

Suzanne Horton
Subject Lead for Primary English, University of Worcester

Selected this text for our newly verified creative curriculum Module and it has proved very useful with lots of pointers and ideas for the students to reflect on.

Mrs Terrie Blaszczyk
Froebel College, Roehampton University
April 16, 2018

This is a helpful text for primary teachers who want to extend their knowledge.

Mrs Branwen Bingle
Primary, University Of Worcester
September 13, 2016

This is an excellent, very informative and thoroughly written and researched book. However, it is not aligned with many of our courses ILO's. It may be recommended to some students who are interested in areas the book covers, but as a whole it cannot be adopted onto the course.

Mr Richard Cashman
Business School, Edinburgh Napier University
December 15, 2015

This book offers a valuable guidance on progression in all aspects of English. It is a very helpful resource which can be used to inform classroom practice. Research and theories that underpin the development of speaking and listening, reading and writing are explained in a very accessible way.

Mrs Malgorzata Hirst
School of Education, Hertfordshire University
September 21, 2015

An ideal text which will update trainees and the new curriculum requirements.

Mrs Sarah Barton
School of Education, Portsmouth University
May 19, 2015

The concept of progression is of increasing importance in primary education, and measuring progression in English is complex. This book provides a useful introduction to progression in all aspects of English, with very helpful self-assessment activities to support readers' understanding.

Ms Kate Allott
Faculty of Education & Theology, York St John University
May 6, 2015