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Teaching English Creatively

2nd Edition

By Teresa Cremin


194 pages | 50 B/W Illus.

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What does it mean to teach English creatively to primary school children?

Teaching English Creatively encourages and enables teachers to adopt a more creative approach to the teaching of English in the primary school. Fully updated to reflect the changing UK curricula, the second edition of this popular text explores research-informed practices and offers new ideas to develop imaginatively engaged readers, writers, speakers and listeners.

Underpinned by theory and research, and illustrated throughout with examples of children’s work, it examines the core elements of creative practice and how to explore powerful literary, non-fiction, visual and digital texts creatively. Key themes addressed include:

  • Developing creativity in and through talk and drama                                               
  • Creatively engaging readers and writers
  • Teaching grammar and comprehension imaginatively and in context      
  • Profiling meaning and purpose, autonomy, collaboration and play
  • Planning, reviewing and celebrating literacy learning
  • Ensuring the creative involvement of the teacher                                                                                                   

Inspiring and accessible, Teaching English Creatively puts contemporary and cutting-edge practice at the forefront and includes a wealth of innovative ideas to enrich English teaching.

Written by an experienced author with extensive experience of initial teacher education and English teaching in the primary school, it’s an invaluable resource for any teacher who wishes to embed creative approaches to teaching in their classroom.

Table of Contents

1. Teaching English creatively Teresa Cremin 2. Developing creativity in and through and talk Teresa Cremin and David Reedy 3. Developing creativity in and through drama Teresa Cremin 4. Creatively engaging readers in the early primary years Henrietta Dombey 5. Creatively engaging readers in the later primary years Teresa Cremin 6. Creatively engaging writers in the early primary years Teresa Cremin 7. Creatively engaging writers in the later primary years Teresa Cremin and David Reedy 8. Exploring fiction creatively Teresa Cremin 9. Exploring poetry creatively Teresa Cremin 10. Exploring non-fiction creatively David Reedy 11. Exploring visual and digital texts creatively Eve Bearne 12. Planning to teach English creatively Teresa Cremin

About the Author

Teresa Cremin is Professor of Education (Literacy), The Open University, UK, a Fellow of the English Association and a Director of the Cambridge Primary Review Trust.

About the Series

Learning to Teach in the Primary School Series

The Learning to Teach in the Primary School Series offers support and ideas for student and practising teachers, enriching their knowledge, understanding and pedagogic experience in relation to creative teaching and learning. Packed with imaginative ideas and practical suggestions, the books are underpinned by theory and research to help teachers develop more creative approaches to teaching and to successfully engage their students with the subject. Theoretical perspectives from both the particular subject domain and field of creativity are included throughout to widen teachers’ knowledge and increase the contemporary relevance of the texts. The books highlight the importance of developing children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, as well as their attitudes and engagement in learning, while references to relevant research help to inform teachers’ own research and writing for initial teacher training and professional development purposes.

The series complements the textbook Learning to Teach in the Primary School, edited by J. Arthur and T. Cremin, but the books are also able to stand alone. They reflect the evolving nature of subject teaching in the primary school and profile the integration of the core curriculum into a wider, more creative, primary curriculum.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Administration / School Plant Management
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General