Teaching English Creatively

By Teresa Cremin

© 2009 – Routledge

182 pages | 33 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

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

How can you successfully develop pupils’ engagement with reading and writing skills?

Teaching English Creatively demonstrates the potential of creative teaching to develop children’s knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes. Underpinned by theory and research, it also offers informed and practical support to both students in initial teacher education, and practising teachers who want to develop their teaching.

Illustrated by examples of children’s work, this book explores the core elements of creative practice in relation to developing engaged readers, writers, speakers and listeners. Creative ways to explore powerful literary, non-fiction, visual and digital texts are offered throughout. Key themes addressed include:

  • meaning and purpose
  • play and engagement
  • curiosity and autonomy
  • collaboration and making connections
  • reflection and celebration
  • the creative involvement of the teacher.

Stimulating and accessible, with contemporary and cutting-edge practice at the forefront, Teaching English Creatively includes a wealth of innovative ideas to enrich literacy practice.

Written by an experienced author with extensive experience of initial teacher education and English teaching in the primary school, this book is an essential purchase for any professional who wishes to embed creative approaches to teaching in their classroom.


'An excellent text, designed and written to enthuse teachers to adopt a dynamic approach to all aspects of the English curriculum. Teaching English Creatively looks at both the theories which underpin children's learning and suggests a myriad of practical approaches, which cannot fail to engage the most reluctant of learners. As ever, Teresa Cremin's enthusiasm for her subject is palpable on every page.'

Tracy Parvin, Senior Lecturer, Department of Primary Education, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

Table of Contents

1. Teaching English Creatively 2. Developing Speakers and Listeners 3. Developing Drama 4. Developing Readers in the Early Years 5. Developing Readers in the Later Years 6. Developing Writers in the Early Years 7. Developing Writers in the Later Years 8. Exploring Fiction Texts Creatively 9. Exploring Poetic Texts Creatively 10. Exploring Non-fiction Texts Creatively 11. Exploring Visual and Digital Texts Creatively 12. Planning to Teach Literacy Creatively

About the Author

Teresa Cremin (Grainger) is Professor of Education at the Open University, UK and President of the United Kingdom Literacy Association (2007-9).

Eve Bearne is recently retired from the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education. Her research interests are children’s production of multimodal texts and gender, language and literacy.

Henrietta Dombey is Professor Emeritus of Literacy in Primary Education at the University of Brighton.

Maureen Lewis is an independent consultant and honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter.

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