'Do you know your diphthongs from your digraphs? Are you au fait with all the main reading programmes published in the UK? And can you really tell the difference between a legend, a myth and a fable? If you have any doubt about saying yes to any of these questions, fear not; the answers are all in 'The Primary English Encyclopedia'. This fantastic resource contains such a comprehensive coverage of literacy topics that it will undoubtedly become one of the most regularly consulted titles on your bookshelf' - Literacy Time PlusThis user friendly encyclopedia explains concepts, aims and current requirements in all aspects of the primary English curriculum and is an invaluable reference for all training and practising teachers. Now in its fourth edition, entries have been updated to take account of new research and thinking and now reflect the requirements of the new Primary National Curriculum and particularly The Communication, Language and Literacy Development element. The approach is critical but constructive and supportive of the reflective practitioner in developing sound subject knowledge and good classroom practice. The encyclopedia includes: over 600 entries , including new entries on English in the Early Years, bilingualism, SEN, the use of the internet, synthetic phonics and many moreshort definitions of key conceptssuccinct explanations of current UK requirements extended entries on major topics such as speaking and listening, reading, writing, drama, poetry, bilingualism and children's literature input on new literacies and new kinds of texts for children discussion of current issues and some input on the history of English teaching in the primary years gender and literacyimportant references for each topic , advice on further reading and accounts of recent research findingsa Who's Who of Primary English and lists of essential texts, updated for this new edition.This encyclopedia will be ideal for student teachers on BA and PGCE courses preparing for work in primary schools and primary school teachers.