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The Art and Science of Teaching Primary Reading


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PART 1: READING AND ITS ORIGINS Chapter 1: A brief history of reading and writing Chapter 2: Useful frameworks for reading Chapter 3: The trouble with English PART 2: DECODING Chapter 4: Phonics Chapter 5: Fluency PART 3: LANGUAGE COMPREHENSION Chapter 6: Listening comprehension Chapter 7: Situation models Chapter 8: Comprehension monitoring Chapter 9: Inference Chapter 10: Text structure Chapter 11: Vocabulary Chapter 12: Background knowledge Chapter 13: How the different elements of comprehension combine PART 4: OPPORTUNITIES TO ENHANCE READING Chapter 14: Independent reading / reading for pleasure Chapter 15: Reading across the curriculum Chapter 16: Writing PART 5: ADDRESSING READING DIFFICULTIES Chapter 17: Dyslexia Chapter 18: Assessment Chapter 19: Intervention PART 6: THE READING DIET Chapter 20: The current situation Chapter 21: Getting the balance right Chapter 22: Questioning and discussion Chapter 23: Text choice Chapter 24: Action plan for classroom teachers Chapter 25: Action plan for reading coordinators

About the Author

Christopher Such is a primary school teacher from Peterborough, England. He has worked in education for over fourteen years, teaching reading to children in every year group from reception to Year 6. Since 2019 he has contributed to the initial teacher training programme at Teach East, delivering courses on evidence-informed reading instruction and mathematics. He is currently a senior leader at Fulbridge Academy responsible for curriculum improvement and professional development. He is also the author of the education blog, Primary Colour and can be found on Twitter via the username @Suchmo83.


With an erudite synergy of complex research and firsthand experience, The Art and Science of Teaching Primary Reading is sure to become an essential manual for ensuring every pupil becomes a fluent reader. It's the book I didn't realise I'd been waiting for. -- Robbie Burns * Schools Week *

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