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Primary English Magazine

Disjunct adverbials and conjunct adverbials

Completing his series of ideas for teaching children how language works, this article looks at adverbials and how they can convey attitude.

Subordinate clauses

Continuing his series of ideas for teaching children how language works, this resource features three articles continuing discussion regarding how clauses are constructed.

Joining Sentences

Continuing his series of ideas for teaching children how language works, Jim Crinson shows how children can enjoy playing with clauses and connectives.

Prepositional Phrase 2

Continuing his series of ideas for teaching children how language works, Jim Crinson takes another look at the prepositional phrase and the fun children can have playing with language.

The Prepositional Phrase

In this article, Jim Crinson prepares the way for moving on from noun phrases and verb phrases to a new kind of ‘language chunk’.

The verb phrase: passives

The National Literacy Strategy suggests that children should be introduced to passives in Y6. However, Jim Crinson feels there should only be limited work on them in primary school.

Alone and at home with books

With an emphasis on reading for pleasure, Andrew Lambirth and Helen Nokes describe Year 2 children sharing and discussing books independently.

Beyond British boundaries

In this article, Cathie Holden and Tatiana Wilson describe an international project introducing children to picturebooks from Europe.

A Community of Readers

This article focuses on reading at Key Stage 2 – Elizabeth Broad writes about reading novels.

The power of a text revisted

Gary Crew’s compelling and complex picturebook The Watertower features in this article which suggest ways of reading picturebooks with older readers.

Year 6 pupils have a weird experience

Gary Crew’s compelling and complex picturebook The Watertower features in this article which suggest ways of reading picturebooks with older readers.

Environmentally educational entertainment

This article is about using films in the primary school. David Whitley explores the links between nature and texts.

Wordsworth and the need to save the planet

This article is about teaching Wordsworth in the secondary school. David Whitley explores the links between nature and texts.

Fathers as role models for reading

This is a useful article about fathers as role models for reading. This project began some time ago and Caroline has added an update showing that the work is still relevant and helps children get into reading with pleasure.
This article by Teresa Cremin has been developed for the National College discussion on wider reading and reading for pleasure.

Drama approaches to pre-20th century text – The Lady of Shalott

Exploring Tennyson’s poem ‘The Lady of Shalott’ with Key Stage 3. As well as continuing to provide training for teachers in drama methodology, Peter is working on a story based cross-curricular approach called ‘narrative immersion’ and the development of thinking skills through drama.

Play and Writing in Year 2

This article focuses on Year 2 writing based on ideas explored through play.
This article focuses on Year 1 writing based on ideas explored through play.

Can you fix it for Bob the Builder?

This article by Helen Bromley focuses on writing non-narrative in the Early Years.

Writing argument in year one

This article by David Reedy and Jeni Riley focuses on writing non-narrative in the Early Years.

Let Drama Build Bridges

December 2010 Resource: This article by Teresa Cremin (formerly Grainger) describes ideas about how drama can enliven non-fiction writing.

Having a Go with the Box Part 3

December 2010 Resource: The final part of Helen Bromley’s three-part series about how Storyboxes can help develop children’s storytelling. First published in 1999, Helen Bromley’s work on Storyboxes has been widely influential and is still fresh today.

Having a Go with the Box Part 2

November 2010 Resource: The second of Helen Bromley’s three-part series describes how Storyboxes can help develop children’s storytelling. First published in 1999, Helen Bromley’s work on Storyboxes has been widely influential and is still fresh today.

Having a Go with the Box Part 1

October 2010 Resource: The first of a three-part series by Helen Bromley describing how Storyboxes can help develop children’s storytelling. First published in 1999, Helen Bromley’s work on Storyboxes has been widely influential and is still fresh today.

Miscue Analysis

July 2010 resource: Eve Bearne’s two articles ‘Miscue Analysis for Writing’ suggest how teachers can identify and focus on strengths and potential areas for development in children’s writing.

Storytelling: the missing link in story writing

This paper originally appeared as a chapter in the UKLA book Connecting, Creating: New ideas in teaching writing edited by Susan Ellis and Colin Mills, published in 2002.

Write Aloud: moving from talk to writing in the early years

The ‘Talk to Text’ project explored the connection between talk and writing, finding that encouraging Years 1 and 2 children to reflect on their writing was a challenge. However, when it worked, their independence and autonomy as writers improved considerably.
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