2nd Edition

Teaching Primary English Subject Knowledge and Classroom Practice

By Eve Bearne, David Reedy Copyright 2023
    544 Pages 112 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    544 Pages 112 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Now in its second edition, Teaching Primary English is a bestselling, comprehensive, evidence-informed guide designed to support and inspire teaching and learning in the primary school. Written in a clear and accessible way, it draws on the very latest research and theory to describe and exemplify a full and rich English curriculum. It offers those on teacher training courses, as well as qualified teachers who are looking to develop their practice, invaluable subject knowledge and guidance for effective, enjoyable classroom practice.

    Throughout there is an emphasis on equity and inclusion. Advice and ideas are supported by explicit examples of good teaching linked to video clips filmed in real schools, reflective activities, observational tasks and online resources. Each chapter includes suggestions for great children’s literature, considers assessment throughout and offers support in planning for inclusion and special educational needs. New and expanded areas for this edition include:

    • Multimodal texts
    • Increased coverage of Early Years
    • Dialogic learning and oracy
    • Comprehensive companion website with revised and additional resources
    • A new section on digital literacies
    • Reading for pleasure
    • Teaching grammar in context
    • Critical literacy

    With a focus on connecting all modes of English, the global and the local, and home and school experience, this detailed, uplifting book, includes inspiring case studies throughout and will support you in developing a curious, critical approach to teaching and learning English.

    Additional content can be found on the fantastic supporting website. Features include:

    • Video clips from within the classroom to demonstrate English teaching techniques
    • Audio resources, including an interactive quiz, to check understanding and provide real-life examples and case studies
    • Downloadable resources to support teaching and incorporate into lesson plans.


    Part One Spoken language

    Introduction to Part One

    1 Developing talk

    2 Spoken language for teaching and learning

    3 Storytelling, drama and role play

    4 Planning for, developing and assessing spoken language

    Part Two Reading

    Introduction to Part Two

    5 Perspectives on reading

    6 Reading for pleasure

    7 Early reading including phonics

    8 Comprehension

    9 Describing and assessing progress in reading

    10 Poetry

    Part Three Writing

    Introduction to Part Three

    11 What writing involves

    12 Writing composition

    13 Spelling and handwriting

    14 Grammar and punctuation

    15 Responding to and assessing writing

    Part Four 21st century literacies

    Introduction to Part Four

    16 Digital literacies

    17 Multimodality

    18 Critical literacy



    Eve Bearne was Project Officer for the National Writing Project after working for 20 years in schools and colleges. She then worked at Homerton College, University of Cambridge as a senior lecturer in language and Assistant Director in Research before moving to the University Faculty of Education as a researcher and lecturer. Eve was President of the United Kingdom Literacy Association from 2003 to 2005 and is a Fellow of the English Association. She has written and edited many books on English, literacy and children’s literature, the most recent of which include Teaching Grammar Effectively in the Primary Classroom (2nd Edition, 2020 UKLA) and Talk for Teaching and Learning: The Dialogic Classroom (UKLA 2021) both with David Reedy.

    David Reedy is Past President of the UK Literacy Association (UKLA). Until 2014 he was Principal Adviser for primary schools in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Publications include Talk for Teaching and Learning: The Dialogic Classroom (UKLA 2021) and Teaching Grammar Effectively in the Primary Classroom (2nd Edition, 2020 UKLA) with Eve Bearne, and Guiding Readers: A handbook for teaching reading comprehension to 7-11 year olds (2016 UCL IoE Press) with Wayne Tennant, Nikki Gamble and Angela Hobsbaum. David is a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.