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The Primary English Encyclopedia

The heart of the curriculum, 4th Edition

By Margaret Mallett

© 2012 – Routledge

536 pages | 22 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

‘Do you know your diphthongs from your digraphs? Are you au fait with all the main reading programmes published in the UK? And can you really tell the difference between a legend, a myth and a fable? If you have any doubt about saying yes to any of these questions, fear not; the answers are all in ‘The Primary English Encyclopedia’. This fantastic resource contains such a comprehensive coverage of literacy topics that it will undoubtedly become one of the most regularly consulted titles on your bookshelf’ - Literacy Time Plus

This user friendly encyclopedia explains concepts, aims and current requirements in all aspects of the primary English curriculum and is an invaluable reference for all training and practising teachers. Now in its fourth edition, entries have been updated to take account of new research and thinking and now reflect the requirements of the new Primary National Curriculum and particularly The Communication, Language and Literacy Development element. The approach is critical but constructive and supportive of the reflective practitioner in developing sound subject knowledge and good classroom practice. The encyclopedia includes:

  • over 600 entries , including new entries on English in the Early Years, bilingualism, SEN, the use of the internet, synthetic phonics and many more
  • short definitions of key concepts
  • succinct explanations of current UK requirements
  • extended entries on major topics such as speaking and listening, reading, writing, drama, poetry, bilingualism and children’s literature
  • input on new literacies and new kinds of texts for children
  • discussion of current issues and some input on the history of English teaching in the primary years
  • gender and literacy
  • important references for each topic , advice on further reading and accounts of recent research findings
  • a Who’s Who of Primary English and lists of essential texts, updated for this new edition.

This encyclopedia will be ideal for student teachers on BA and PGCE courses preparing for work in primary schools and primary school teachers.


NATE Classroom, No. 16 Spring 2012, Colin Gayle

'From A to Z this book explains concepts, ideas, historical aspects and current requirements of the primary English curriculum in simple and straight-forward language.'

'This is a reference guide which supports all who teach English in a primary school and is a must for every staffroom.'

Table of Contents

Foreword by Sue Palmer Acknowledgements About this Encyclopedia Introduction. Primary English: the heart of the curriculum Encyclopedia entries A–Z A Who’s Who in Primary English My ten top texts My ten top texts My top fifteen children’s books published since 2000 List of entries in the Encyclopedia

About the Author

Margaret Mallett has taught primary school children, student teachers and teachers on MA courses. She is a team member of the editorial board of English 4-11, a fellow of the English Association and a regular reviewer of children’s books and resources.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Elementary
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Reading & Phonics