In preparation for your first academic group meeting in September please read

Alexander, R.J. (2008) Towards Dialogic Teaching: rethinking classroom talk, (4th edition), Dialogos.

This reading will set the context for a discussion about your first academic assignment 'How do children learn using a social constructivist approach with a focus on talk?'

Below is a selection of core texts for your Autumn Term modules. It would be helpful if you have read some of the following recommendations before starting your programme. A full reading list is also available to download

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
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

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


Religious Education
Blaylock, L.(ed) (2004) Representing Religions, Birmingham: CEP
McCreery, E. Palmer, S. & Voiels, V. (2008) Teaching Religious Education: Primary and Early Years, Exeter: Learning Matters

Barber, D, Cooper, L. & Meeson, G (2007) Learning and Teaching with Interactive Whiteboards, Exeter: Learning Matters
Beauchamp, G (2012) ICT in the Primary School: From Pedagogy to Practice, Essex: Pearson Education
Cranmer, S, Potter, J, Selwyn, N. (2010) Primary Schools and ICT: Learning from Pupil Perspectives,London: Continuum

Physical Education
Griggs, G. (ed.) (2012) An Introduction to Primary Physical Education, London: Routledge
Hopper, B., Grey, J. and Maude, T. (2000) Teaching Physical Education in the Primary School, London: RoutledgeFalmer

Professional Studies for School Based Training
Arthur, J. & Cremin, D. (eds) (2010), Learning to Teach in the Primary School, London: Routledge
Hodgkinson, A., & Vickerman, P. (2009) Key Issues in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion, London, Sage
Knowles, G. & Lander, V. (2011) Diversity, Equality and Achievement in Education, London, Sage
Rogers, B. & McPherson, E. (2008) Behaviour Management with Young Children, London: Sage
Smith, P, Cowie, H. Blades, M. (2003) Understanding Children's Development (4th ed) Blackwell Publishing, Chapter on Social Contexts