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The Grammar Book

Written by Zoë Paramour & Timothy Paramour

Key Stage 4 Parenting Books

LoveReading View on The Grammar Book

Everything you need to teach grammar in the primary classroom.

Understanding and teaching primary grammar

As an English teacher, I am always on the lookout for a useful grammar book that I can dip in and out of, one where I can quickly check a query or confirm an idea. 

As the authors comment in the introduction, ‘Good grammar is often that which eliminates confusion or ambiguity’. It is so easy to think you know how something should be written and instinct often tells you where to put a comma, but it is not always easy to justify or explain. You have a feeling but cannot necessarily explain why something is what it is, which is not useful in the classroom. This book is very good at removing the myth, simplifying the rules, and clarifying things without patronising. 

The book is laid out very clearly, with a comprehensive glossary, useful references and a clear table explaining what grammar should be taught to what year group. Each area of grammar is clearly explained with appropriate exercises, examples, useful references, fun activities, and links to online support material.

I put the glossary to the test to see if my theoretical questions could be answered and was rewarded with helpful answers on each occasion. It is a very user-friendly book and one I suspect I will regularly be dipping into. As teachers, you want reliable resources, easily available, which this certainly delivers. It is clear the book was written by teachers for teachers and is all the better for it.

Rosie Watch

The Grammar Book Synopsis

Everything you need to teach grammar in the primary classroom.

What is the subjunctive mood? And when do you use a semi-colon? Are these questions that you, as a teacher, are afraid to ask? Cue this book!

Written by two experienced teachers, The Grammar Book provides everything you need to teach grammar at primary level. Covering what you need to know as well as practical ideas to enliven your teaching, this book will make grammar fun and engaging - for both the pupils and for you too! Written in Zoe and Timothy Paramour's funny, frank and reassuring style, this definitive guide is all about the importance of teaching grammar as a tool for writing, not as an 'extra' and certainly not as a boring lesson. Instead, the ideas presented are linked to a range of National Curriculum units, with original short texts through which the teaching of grammar is used to support the delivery of the wider English curriculum and prepare children for Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) assessments.

All teaching resources can also be downloaded from the companion website. Each chapter covers a different element of grammar and provides you with everything you need to know as well as teaching ideas, cross-curricular links and resources, making The Grammar Book a must-have resource for teaching primary grammar effectively in the classroom or as part of homeschooling.

The Grammar Book Press Reviews

Where was this book when I changed year groups? The Paramours have written a superb book, complete with examples, explanations and activities to cover grammar for both Key Stage 1 and 2. It has helpful justifications on certain rules and handily highlights the grey areas of grammar (which that one child in your class will always point out). Certain sections refamiliarised me with the areas I teach, while others gave me ideas for tasks I can do to teach this essential, yet often stealth, aspect of our reading and writing. -- Stephen Lockyer - Primary Teacher, @mrlockyer

The Grammar Book is a must-read for every teacher. It clearly outlines the essential understanding relating to each aspect of grammar progression across Key Stages 1 and 2, then gives amazing ideas and activities to teach each aspect in the classroom. An in-depth knowledge of grammar and its applications across the curriculum is crucial for any teacher to support the challenges of the modern curriculum effectively. -- Andrew Jennings - Assistant headteacher and founder of Vocabulary Ninja, @VocabularyNinja

Book Information

ISBN: 9781472972293
Publication date: 11th June 2020
Author: Zoë Paramour & Timothy Paramour
Publisher: Bloomsbury Education an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 4
Topics: For Parents

About Zoë Paramour & Timothy Paramour

Zoe Paramour worked her way up from NQT to assistant headteacher in five years and is currently Head of English at a school in North London. She is also a freelance writer and has written for a number of national publications, including the Independent, the Huffington Post and the New Statesman. She is the founder of the award-winning blog The Girl on the Piccadilly Line and her first book, How to be an Outstanding Primary Middle Leader, was published by Bloomsbury Education in 2018. Timothy Paramour was deputy headteacher of a primary school in North London until August 2016. In 2017, he wrote ...

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