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Planning the Primary National Curriculum

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

Fourth Edition
Edited by:

February 2024 | 320 pages | Learning Matters
A complete guide for trainees and teachers

To prepare to teach the Primary National Curriculum, trainee teachers need more than just the Programmes of Study. They need a resource to help them understand, plan for, teach and assess the curriculum. This is their guide to planning the 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. This 4th edition includes a new chapter on Adaptive Teaching.

For each curriculum subject the programme of study is included, with notes to help students interpret it in practice. 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. It includes 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
3 Mastery in the National Curriculum
2 Principles of planning
4 Adaptive Teaching
SECTION 2 Subject planning
5 Planning English in the national curriculum
6 Planning mathematics in the national curriculum
7 Planning science in the national curriculum
8 Planning art and design in the national curriculum
9 Planning computing in the national curriculum
10 Planning design and technology in the national curriculum
11 Planning geography in the national curriculum
12 Planning history in the national curriculum
13 Planning languages in the national curriculum
14 Planning music in the national curriculum
15 Planning physical education in the national curriculum
SECTION 3 Putting the curriculum together
16 Planning across the curriculum
17 Planning the rest of the curriculum
Planning for children learning English as an additional language
Planning for children with Special Educational Needs and disabilities

Keira Sewell

Keira Sewell is an independent educational consultant at Visionary Education ( She has over 25 years’ experience of supporting the professional development of both trainee and experienced teachers and specialises in science education. More About Author

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