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Primary English: Knowledge and Understanding

Primary English: Knowledge and Understanding

Eighth Edition (Revised and Updated Edition)
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April 2017 | 320 pages | Learning Matters

Now with online resources to support subject knowledge!

Secure subject knowledge and understanding is the foundation of confident, creative and effective teaching. To help your students master this, the 8th edition of this established text now comes with a range of online resources available on the brand new companion website including:

  • Interactive English subject knowledge audit: to assess your students subject knowledge in primary English. Save valuable teaching time at the start of the year by setting is as a pre-course audit and ensure students have an accurate picture of their ability before they begin. Grading your students' overall performance, results can be shared with you immediately and include further reading suggestions so students can revisit areas where they require improvement.
  • Reflective self-assessment questions: more than 70 ‘check your learning’ questions help consolidate students’ understanding of each chapter topic and monitor their learning as they work through the book.
  • Irregular verbs: a handy reference of all the irregular verbs so trainees can teach English confidently.
  • Glossary: building students' knowledge, the full online glossary of terms for English helps them know their ‘digraph’ from your ‘soliloquy’.

This 8th edition, covering the whole primary English curriculum, also includes new chapters on handwriting and the nature of learning. Updated interactive activities throughout the book engage students in their learning and enable discussion. Using this book in conjunction with the free online resources really makes this the complete package for developing English subject knowledge. 

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

This is the definitive text on English teaching for Primary initial teacher training students, and this eighth edition has all that my undergraduate and postgraduate students need to support my teaching on their courses.

Dr Matt Smith
Faculty of Education, Health & Wellbeing, Wolverhampton University
August 10, 2017

I have chosen this book to be one of the core texts for our PGCE students from Sept 2018. it is an excellent book designed to support the pedagogical understanding of how chn learn English and what trainees will need to know in order to be successful teachers of primary English.

Mrs Jane Scholey
School of Education, Oxford Brookes University
August 10, 2017

A clear, succinct and accessible text for all trainee teachers, highlighting links between theory and classroom practice and instilling the vital importance of acquiring and maintaining excellent subject knowledge

Mrs Susan Braud
Department of Teacher Education, Bedfordshire University
June 19, 2017

An all time book useful for all courses on teacher training.

Mrs Kulwinder Maude
School of Education, Kingston University
June 19, 2017

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