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The Primary Curriculum

The Primary Curriculum
A Creative Approach

Second Edition
Edited by:

March 2015 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

In order to be a successful primary teacher you need a clear understanding of good teaching practice across the subjects that make up the primary curriculum.

This second edition has been fully updated to include key points from the 2014 National Curriculum in England, balancing a clear discussion of the principles behind high quality teaching with the requirements of current policy. An emphasis on creative approaches supports you in developing inspiring cross-curricular practice in your classroom.

New to this edition:

  • Links to the 2014 National Curriculum in England in every chapter
  • Case studies in every chapter provide useful examples of creative teaching in each curriculum subject
  • Expanded coverage on assessment and planning  

This is essential reading for students on primary initial teacher education courses, including university-based (PGCE, PGDE, BA QTS, BEd), school-based (SCITT, School Direct, Teach First) and employment-based routes into teaching.

Andrew Lambirth
An Introduction to English
Gina Donaldson
An Introduction to Mathematics
Judith Roden
An Introduction to Science
James Archer
An Introduction to Design and Technology
Rosemary Walters
An Introduction to History
Simon Hoult
An Introduction to Geography
Kristy Howells
An Introduction to Physical Education
Karl Bentley
An Introduction to Computing
Vanessa Young
An Introduction to Music
Claire Hewlett and Claire March
An Introduction to Art and Design
Lynn Revell and Aidan Gillespie
An Introduction to Religious Education
Patricia Driscoll
An Introduction to Foreign Languages
Jonathan Barnes
An Introduction to Cross-Curricular Learning

We make sense, and learn about our world, by gathering and piecing together evidence from a range of different aspects and subjects. This book promotes the importance and value of both discrete and cross-curricular teaching, focusing on the need to broaden horizons and interests resulting in self-motivated lifelong learners.

Claire Garven
Senior Lecturer in Early Years and Primary Education, University of the West of England

This book situates UK education within the current and global of educational change. It provides new and experienced teachers with a research-focused history of the national curriculum up to the present day.

Jenny Carpenter
Head of Programme PGCE Primary Full Time, York St John University

This is a good overview. To creativity in the primary curriculum. It is written in an accessible style for UG and OGCE students. There is not enough about music education I don't think, music is left slightly to one side in the discussions of creativity.

Dr Rebecca Berkley
Institute of Education, Reading University
November 5, 2015

This is helpful as a background reading book for EYT trainees in preparation for their Key stage one placement.

Mrs Jo McEvoy
Sch of Education & Prof Development, Huddersfield University
September 1, 2015

Very good for the Primary Ed and Supporting Learning modules.

Mrs Annette Trilk
Child care, Wakefield College
August 22, 2015

Well written, easy to read and use with clear aims and helpful case studies to read.

Mrs Dawn Burnham
Dept Of Applied Health Sciences, Farnborough College of Technology
July 6, 2015

I would recommend this book as it looks at all of the varied primary curriculum areas, giving advice about how to provide a more creative pedagogy for the classroom. I like the fact that the reader can use this for reference going straight to the chapter that they are interested in, rather than having to skim read the whole book.

Sue Miles-Pearson
School of Education, Roehampton University
June 25, 2015

Useful resource. Recommended text for Whole Curriculum Studies.

Miss Julie Taylor
Centre for Professional Education, Warwick University
June 8, 2015

The book is presented in an easy to read format, that incorporates case studies throughout the chapters to help consolidate knowledge and understanding across the issues raised. It is good that the reference list is positioned at the end of each chapter as opposed to the end of the book itself, as this supports direct access to further research.

Mrs Sara Castle
HE & Skills, Ashton Sixth Form College
June 2, 2015

This new edition will continue to be useful to FdA Learning Support stduents who are working as teaching assistants within primary schools, and need to develop a holistic overview of the curriculum.

Miss Caroline Meredith
Department of Education Studies, Bishop Grosseteste University
May 29, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: An Introduction to English