Linking the development of reading, writing, speaking and listening, this book offers a distinctive holistic approach to literacy and language acquisition. It emphasizes the value of active, collaborative learning, and includes sections on literacy accross the primary curriculum, new technology and assessment. Each chapter is linked to a component of the National Curriculum Programme and contains points of interest, sources of further information and suggestions for follow-up actvities in the classroom.
'It is a powerful book, well and truly centred on a holistic approach to language and on an interactive and collaborative approach to learning. No primary school teacher should be without a copy.' - Child Language Teaching and Therapy
'David Wray and Jane Medwell have written a clear, comprehensive and accessible book about developing English in the primary school.' - Junior Education
'an interesting collection of current topics, explicit examples, and a series of definitive statements about schooled literacies at the present time….Teachers and others will find this book encouraging and supportive in their attempts to go `beyond the information given'.' - Language and Education