Lost in space;Primary;Reviews;Books;English

30th April 1999 at 01:00
TEACHING ENGLISH AT KEY STAGE 2. By Maureen Lewis and David Lewis. Chris Kington Publishing pound;10.95.

The authors of this book are fascinated by tabular layouts and use them with the flimsiest of excuses. A table on page three represents the elements and time allocations of the literacy hour - information you would need to have spent 18 months in the outback not to be familiar with already.

A significant proportion of this book is written in Martian-style observations. A paragraph about guided reading says: "The children then read the text to themselves while the teacher remains with the group, listening, watching and intervening where necessary." Cue for Martian giggling.

Set among such redundant observations, numbered lists, tables and uncaptioned black-and-white photographs, the key issues identified in the book's opening section are never properly addressed. Boys' reading is given a couple of columns, phonics even less space. The statement "segmen-ting speech at the level of phonemes is notoriously difficult for children to do" is surely worth further elaboration.

There is some useful advice about implementing the literacy hour, but the photocopiable planning sheets at the back com-pound the book's lack of focus.

Michael Thorn is deputy head of Hawkes Farm primary school, Hailsham, East Sussex

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now