The book provides practice–based examples of how teachers and schools might adapt their delivery for literacy as they move to greater creativity in their teaching of reading and writing. The reader is provided with background commentary and research underpinning the teaching of literacy in English primary schools. This is then correlated to microanalysis of the classroom practice of three expert teachers, and discussion of the effective features of their school settings.
An important theme running throughout the book is how the three teachers were able to make exceptional provision for their pupils, who were largely second language speakers and from socio–economically disadvantaged groups. The teachers successful practice grew from their understanding of both early literacy development and planning for individual need. The information in this book will enable student teachers, recently qualified teachers, and teachers interested in enhancing their literacy teaching to develop their practice in a similarly successful way.
Part One: Learning and Teaching Reading and Writing.
1. How to Read this Book.
2. Teaching Reading and Writing in English Primary Schools: an Historical Perspective.
3. Writing Systems and the Development of Reading.
4. The Development of Writing.
5. Children for whom English is an Additional Language.
6. The Schools.
Part Two: Three Exceptional Teachers.
An Introduction to Part Two.