It would be helpful if you have read some of the following recommendations before starting your programme. Your first term modules will refer to the readings.

One of your key roles as a primary teacher will be to develop a love of reading with children. Before the course begins explore the wonderful world of children’s literature. Visit bookshops, libraries and read reviews.
An informative website is:
Book Trust

Read as many children’s books in Foundation Stage, KS1 and KS2 as you can! Read fiction (historical, fantasy, school, animal), Picture books (for younger and older children) Traditional stories (from around the world) classic fiction and poetry.
Please read during the summer:
  • Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins
  • The Jolly Postman and /or Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan and Janet Ahlberg
  • Clockwork by Philip Pullman
  • The Arrival by Sean Tan
  • The Works (anthology of poetry chosen by Paul Cookson)

To give insight into the role of children’s literature in learning to read, the English team recommend:
Meek, M (1988) How Texts Teach What Readers Learn Stroud: Thimble Press

Essential texts for the course:
Primary English Teaching Theory and Practice by Jane Medwell and David Wray published by Sage
Primary English Knowledge and Understanding by Jane Medwell and David Wray published by Sage
Teaching Systematic Synthetic Phonics in Primary Schools by Wendy Jolliffe and David Waugh

Essential Texts for the course
Haylock, D. and Manning, R. (2014) Mathematics Explained for Primary Teachers: (5th Ed), London: Sage

Boaler, J (2009) The Elephant in the Classroom London: Souvenir Press

Read 'The Mathematics of Hope' article

Essential texts for the course
Peacock, G., Sharp, J., Johnsey, R. and Wright, D. (2013) Primary Science Knowledge and Understanding

Also read read science information books aimed at primary aged children, these can be borrowed from your local library.