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Being Creative in Primary English

Being Creative in Primary English

First Edition

September 2016 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Why should we foster creativity in primary English? 

A practical and accessible text that demonstrates how creative thinking and learning can support primary English teaching. With chapters mapped to the Teachers' Standards and links to the new National Curriculum, each chapter provides a case study exploring high-quality primary English practice including planning, rationale and ideas for the classroom. These are fully grounded in a wide range of theoretical frameworks, viewpoints and values. Reflective activities in each chapter offering practical exercises and additional reading suggestions, encourage trainee teachers to further their understanding of how theory translates to classroom practice. 

This inspiring book helps support learning, teaching and assessment without losing innovation, excitement and motivation for both teachers and children. 

Chapter 1: Cracking the Concept: creative thinking, creative teaching creative integration
Chapter 2: Creative approaches to teaching reading and enjoying text
Chapter 3: Creative approaches to teaching writing
Chapter 4: Speaking and listening scaffolds reading and writing
Chapter 5: Creative English: Early Years into Key Stage 1
Chapter 6: Reading into Writing: Key Stage 1 fiction
Chapter 7: Reading into Writing: Key Stage 2 fiction
Chapter 8 Reading into Writing: Key Stage 1 Non- fiction
Chapter 9: Reading into Writing: Key Stage 2 Non- fiction
Chapter 10: Reading into Writing: Key Stage 1 Poetry
Chapter 11: Reading into Writing: Key Stage 2 Poetry
Chapter 12: Creative approaches: Transition Key Stage 2-3

In this book, Adrian Copping offers an insightful exploration of creativity in the primary classroom and challenges assumptions about this concept. This book encourages the reader to think about the opportunities for developing creative thinking and engagement across different aspects of primary English specifically, but also offers principles of creative teaching across the curriculum. Practical examples and ideas for the classroom enhances the discussion around this concept. This book is helpful to those new teaching in developing their understanding and range of teaching approaches, as well as reminding all practitioners of the principles of creative teaching to enable creative thinking and learning.

Rachael Paige
Bishop Grosseteste University

This book is great at exploring how to teach literacy creatively which is especially useful for beginning teachers or those in ITE.

Miss Linda Lapere
School of Education & Social Work, Dundee University
August 4, 2017

I found it extremely useful for my sessions on encouraging creativity in writing on the BA QTS course.

Mrs Kulwinder Maude
School of Education, Kingston University
November 21, 2017

A very useful text for trainee teachers and others in various stages of their career

Mrs Susan Braud
Department of Teacher Education, Bedfordshire University
September 12, 2017

This is a much needed 'in depth' look at teaching creatively in the primary classroom. The individual case studies and the reflective passages give opportunities to apply theoretical aspects to classroom teaching practice. There is clear guidance in how to manage the planning elements using national curriculum criteria. The 'further reading' sections at the end of each chapter will take the interested student or busy teacher into more wider aspects of the study. Ideal for the student who wishes to take this subject at an advanced level of study.

Roger Tapley
Faculty of Education, Canterbury Christ Church University
June 13, 2017

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