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Planning the Primary National Curriculum

Planning the Primary National Curriculum
A complete guide for trainees and teachers

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April 2015 | 296 pages | Learning Matters

To prepare to teach the new Primary National Curriculum, you need more than just the Programmes of Study.  You need a resource to help you understand, plan for, teach and assess the curriculum.  This is it!  Your guide to planning the 2014 primary national curriculum.

This book explores how to plan in primary schools.  It covers curriculum design and structure, challenges to learning, and how children learn. 

For each curriculum subject the programme of study is included, with notes to help you interpret it for your own class.   The text covers how the teaching of each subject can be organised, assessment opportunities, key and essential resources in each subject, and how ICT can best be used in each subject to enhance teaching.  Sequenced lesson examples in all subject chapters link theory to practice and highlight progression.

The final section of the book explores the many ways in which the curriculum can be delivered.  The creative curriculum, dialogic teaching, cross curricular learning and more current thinking about interpreting the curriculum. 

SECTION 1 Overview of planning
1. The planning context
Context 1: Implementing the National Curriculum

Context 2: The framework for the National Curriculum: sections 1-3

2. Principles of planning
Principles 1: Generic Principles of planning

Principles 2: The framework for the National Curriculum: sections 4-6

SECTION 2 Subject planning
3. Planning English in the National Curriculum
English 1: Principles of planning

English 2: Examples of planning

English 3: The framework for English

4. Planning Mathematics in the National Curriculumt
Mathematics 1: Principles of planning

Mathematics 2: Examples of planning

Mathematics 3: The framework for Mathematics

5. Planning Science in the National Curriculum
Science 1: Principles of planning

Science 2: Examples of planning

Science 3: The framework for Science

6. Planning Art and Design in the National Curriculum
Art and Design 1: Principles of planning

Art and Design 2: Examples of planning

Art and Design 3: The framework for Art and Design

7. Planning Computing in the National Curriculum
Computing 1: Principles of planning

Computing 2: Examples of plannnig

Computing 3: The framework for Computing

8. Planning Design and Technology in the National Curriculum
Design and Technology 1: Principles of planning

Design and Technology 2: Examples of planning

Design and Technology 3: The framework for Design and Technology

9. Planning Geography in the National Curriculum
Geography 1: Principles of planning

Geography 2: Examples of planning

Geography 3 : The framework for Geography

10. Planning History in the National Curriculum
History 1: Principles of planning

History 2: Examples of planning

History 3: The framework for History

11. Planning Languages in the National Curriculum
Languages 1: Principles of planning

Languages 2: Examples of planning

Languages 3: The framework for Languager

12. Planning Music in the National Curriculum
Music 1: Principles of planning

Music 2: Examples of planning

Music 3: The framework for Music

13. Planning Physical Education in the National Curriculum
Physical Education 1: Principles of planning

Physical Education 2: Examples of planning

Physical Education 3: The framework for Physical Education

SECTION 3 Putting the Curriculum together
14. Planning across the curriculum

A well-developed text that I would offer as a basis reference tool and resource to undergraduates, PGCE students, newly qualified students and employed practitioners within Primary Education. Maths and English are a keen focus when considering curriculum subject planning, with excellent examples of detailed lesson plans. It is unfortunate that no examples of long term planning are present. Chapters then continue to discuss other subjects in the same format. Direct links are given via web pages to relevant internet sites which support curriculum guidance and supplementary information. However, it is unfortunate that there is not a companion website where NQTs and current practitioners could share best practice or additional resources. While we could argue that the National Curriculum and Frameworks are already freely available, this book systematically presents the underpinning to the principle of planning with good structure and guidance on how and what to plan.

Mrs Victoria Lappin
School of Teaching and Learning, Gateshead College
January 20, 2017

Good overview of planning for those new to this aspect of teaching and learning

Miss Caroline Ann Meredith
Department of Education Studies, Bishop Grosseteste University
July 15, 2016

A thoughtful and interesting book which will assist students in understanding how to plan within the New Primary Curriculum.

Education , South Essex College
July 6, 2016

This is valuable addition to the reading list for initial teacher education courses. Students will definitely find it useful especially in the ever changing climate of Education.

Mrs Kulwinder Maude
Education , Kingston University
July 6, 2016

This text provides students with a copy of the National Curriculum enhanced by additional commentary to support effective planning in each subject.

Ms Penny Amott
IOE, Institute of Education
July 4, 2016

This is interesting but because each subject in the national curriculum is considered separately, it becomes rather prescriptive with ideas for discrete teaching, which in light of the focus for cross curricular teaching and learning is a little irrelevant as far as creativity in the curriculum is concerned. Probably a book that teachers might find useful, but personally I found it a little restrictive.

Mrs Ros Steward
Department of Education, University of the West Of England
May 23, 2016

This book informatively guides the reader how to plan for all subject areas of the new national curriculum. The principles and theory that support effective subject planning are explored. Exemplar planning is provided linked to the National Curriculum framework document. Key planning components including assessment opportunities, use of resources, embedding of computing and progression are incorporated. Theory is effectively linked with practice. This is a recommended text for all primary professionals and ITT student teachers wanting to know how to effectively plan for curriculum subjects in the primary school.

Mr Manish Kothari
School of Edu. Theology and Leadership, St Mary's University, Twickenham
March 10, 2016

very accessible and useful to dip into for specialist information

Mrs Ruth Livingstone
Education , Macclesfield College
February 10, 2016

An essential book for primary teachers especially in times of extreme change in primary curriculum.

Mrs Kulwinder Maude
School of Education, Kingston University
November 3, 2015

This is a clear, easy to read source of guidance to support students as they develop their ability to plan engaging and exciting lessons. It is a useful one-stop book which incorporates a copy of the National Curriculum as well as guidance for planning all subjects.

Mrs Pauline Tyson
School of Education, Oxford Brookes University
October 15, 2015