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Teaching the Arts in the Primary Curriculum

Teaching the Arts in the Primary Curriculum

May 2021 | 216 pages | Learning Matters

Learning in the arts does not fit in with simple, conventional methodologies for teaching and assessing in the traditional sense, but it has an immense power to transform children’s understanding of the world around them, and their lives. Many jobs, currently and of the future, will demand the skills that learning in the arts will develop.  

This book brings Arts Education sharply into focus as a meaningful, learning experience for children of pre-school and primary age (3-11 years).  It reinforces the potential for the wide range of physical, mental and emotional development, through learning opportunities that engagement in arts practice facilitates. 

  • Provides insight into how teachers can support children to consider contemporary challenges that face their generation.
  • Includes expert voices from the world of education to demonstrate an expansive, and perhaps surprising, view of where and how the Arts can be found. 
  • Shows how we can bring the arts so easily into our curriculum, and into our classrooms.  
What is learning in the Arts?
The Arts and education for sustainable development
An eye on the past: Curious explorations
The wider role of art in primary and Early Years education
The social art of storytelling
Music: Everywhere and everyday
Science and the Arts: Closer than you think
Poetry: The art of expression
Digital media and primary computing
Dance: The art of movement
Maths and the Arts
What is Creative writing?
Drama: Process of performance?

Susan Ogier

Susan Ogier is Senior Lecturer and Subject Co-Ordinator of Art and Design Education at University of Roehampton, UK. More About Author

Suzy Tutchell

Suzy has a lifelong commitment and involvement in art education. Having been an art subject leader for many years in a variety of London-based primary schools, she moved onto advisory work as a creativity and early years consultant and has been working in Higher Education for the past 10 years. As a lecturer, she currently leads the Art specialism on the primary BAED programme at the University of Reading. She is a practising artist whenever possible and continues to develop her own knowledge and identity as an artist-teacher. She has more recently been involved in research projects relating to gender equality and art across all phases of... More About Author