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The Learning and Teaching of Reading and Writing

The Learning and Teaching of Reading and Writing

Naomi Flynn , Rhona Stainthorp

ISBN: 978-0-470-02910-7

Jul 2006

240 pages



This book provides a unique description of teacher-pupil interaction during the Literacy Hour in good schools. It is based on detailed observations in inner-city primary schools that were recognised as effective and improving. The analysis is informed by contemporary research into the development and teaching of early literacy.

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 analysis begins within the classrooms of three expert Key Stage 1 teachers and broadens out in to the wider setting of the schools and their senior management teams.

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.

About the Authors.

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.

7. Aidan.

8. Bridget.

9. Clare.

10. Conclusion.


School Resources.

Author Index.

Subject Index.

“… reassuring to read that effective practice does indeed exist amid the sea of change that is educational theory.” (Children & Young People Now, September 2007)
  • Provides insight into how to develop pedagogy for literacy.
  • A creative approach to literacy.
  • Includes detailed, practice-based examples.
  • Links practice to research-based models of how children learn to read and write.
  • Helps plan for linguistic diversity in the classroom.