This manual is designed to help teachers establish a principled framework for developing English at Key Stages 1 and 2. Covering all aspects of English, it will help teachers raise standards of achievement in pupils at all levels of fluency and confidence.
The author uses case study material to relate theory to practice, covering issues such as classroom organization and management. She also provides guidance for planning and developing ideas with colleagues and with children, and offers suggestions for teaching strategies with photocopiable sheets and formats and ways to evaluate teaching.
Separate sections deal with reading, writing, speaking and listening, and these different threads are drawn together in sections on knowledge about language - including spelling, grammar and punctuation - and study of texts - including media, poetry, drama, response to literature and the use of non-fiction texts. The final section deals with policy and schemes of work. Each chapter also offers information on:
* assessment, recording and reporting, linked to scales of progression
* frameworks for screening and supporting children who have difficulties with English
* working with parents
* linguistic and cultural diversity
Eve Bearne teaches at Homerton College, Cambridge.
'Practical and stimulating … Bearne's text conveys the arguments for her approaches with enviable clarity: they are worth heeding.' - Times Educational Supplement
'All her contributors demonstrate the practicality and effectiveness of work that is innovative and rooted in sound principles.' - Times Educational Supplement
'… a very useful tool for all Primary phase teachers. It marries theory with practical ideas in a very happy combination produced in a particularly user friendly format. It will be welcomed equally by all teachers, from the newly qualified to the experienced language co-ordinator.' - Hounslow Language Service Newsletter
'It is an invaluable text for both experienced and novice teachers. It is an ideal companion to any reading of the English National Curriculum and would also provide the basis of school INSET work.' - International Annotated Bibliography of Books on Literacy
1. What does development in English look like? 2. Reading 3. Writing 4. Speaking and Listening 5. Knowledge About Language: the technical features of language 6. Study of Texts 7. The English Coordinator's Handbook