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Based on the hugely popular New wave mental maths series, New wave English in practice concentrates on several core areas of English language learning, providing ample practice for children in these areas. New wave English in practice is a six-book English programme of pupil books for 1st to 6th class pupils.
The wide and varied range of content in each pupil book focuses broadly on:
• vocabulary and word study
• grammar and punctuation
The content targets a wide range of English language structures and concepts within these broad areas and the emphasis is on providing children with daily practice using a concise question format. Repetition and revision help to consolidate the children’s learning.
Like their maths’ counterparts, these books recognise, and take full advantage of, the value of incidental teaching and learning. The series begins in first class and continues up to sixth class. Teachers will welcome the focus on the common problem areas of the English language throughout the series. They will also appreciate how these books address different strands and objectives of the English curriculum in a concise and direct way. The emphasis on practice, repetition and revision will help children acquire and strengthen the skills they need to be competent and confident in their use of English.
Each book comprises 15 units with 10 individual day’s work in each unit. The days are labelled using a numbered format allowing teachers to use the book flexibly and to suit their own teaching style. Revision units are placed at the back of each book. The revision units revise the content, concepts and question type of each unit and are useful for assessment purposes at regular intervals. Alternatively, these units could be used at the end of the year to revise all the content that has been covered. Pupil record sheets have been included in each book to help children record and monitor their own progress.
The first and second class books feature ten questions each day and focus on the common problem areas of English that repeated practice can improve. Therefore, huge emphasis is placed on phonics, spellings, syllables and high frequency words. Repetition of these words is provided throughout the books to ensure children encounter them in a variety of contexts. Word building and vocabulary are practised to help children understand how words work and how they can be used in sentences. The importance of reading for understanding is recognised and is specifically integrated into some of the question types. Confusing words and common errors in writing are also targeted to ensure that children encounter these issues on a continual basis. Through repeated practice, the children should develop the skills to avoid these problems in their own personal writing. Simple grammar structures are repeatedly practised. For example, the uses of capital letters in different contexts, question marks and full stops are given ample treatment throughout.
The third and fourth class books build on and develop the content introduced in first and second class. In these books, fifteen daily questions are presented for the children to complete. Emphasis is placed on spelling, phonics and vocabulary. Children encounter questions that focus their attention on words with similar meanings, opposites, and singular and plurals. They explore word building techniques such as adding prefixes and suffixes to base words. Confusing words and common pitfalls appear frequently to ensure that children learn how to avoid these errors. In the areas of grammar and punctuation, parts of speech (such as nouns, verbs, and adjectives), capital letters, commas and speech marks are all covered.
In the fifth and sixth class books, there are twenty daily questions for children to complete. Questions on spelling, vocabulary and word building focus on prefixes, suffixes, singular and plurals, synonyms, antonyms and homophones. Confusing words and common errors are also practiced. The punctuation questions deal with commas, apostrophes and the increasing importance of speech marks in direct speech. The grammar questions ensure that pupils are familiar with, and can recognise, grammatical terms such as pronouns, adverbs, prepositions, types of nouns and conjunctions. These books contain questions that challenge children and provide enough repetition and revision to ensure mastery of literacy concepts.