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The Primary Curriculum
A Creative Approach

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August 2011 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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Providing an overview of the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to teach the primary curriculum, this book offers an informed critical approach to the teaching of core and foundation subjects in primary education.

Underpinned by contemporary research and current policy The Primary Curriculum combines coverage of key subject-specific issues with relevant pedagogical approaches to teaching, offering a comprehensive overview of each major subject of primary education.

Particular emphasis is placed on cross-curricular and creative approaches to teaching intelligently across different subject areas within the current curriculum framework. Curriculum progression from Foundation Stage through to Key Stage 2 is also emphasised.

The Primary Curriculum is an essential companion for all students on primary initial teacher education courses.

Patricia Driscoll and Judith Roden are established primary education authors and teach on initial teacher education courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Andrew Lambirth is Professor of Education at University of Greenwich.

Andrew Lambirth
An Introduction to Literacy
Gina Donaldson
An Introduction to Mathematics
Judith Roden
An Introduction to Science
James Archer
An Introduction to Design Technology
Rosemary Walters
An Introduction to History
Simon Hoult
An Introduction to Geography
Kristy Howells
An Introduction to Physical Education
Michael Green
An Introduction to Information Communication Technology
Vanessa Young
An Introduction to Music
Claire Hewlett and Claire Unsworth
An Introduction to Art and Design
Lynn Revell
An Introduction to Religious Education
Patricia Driscoll
An Introduction to Primary Languages
Jonathan Barnes
An Introduction to Cross-Curricular Learning

'This is a book that does what it claims to do. It offers a clear, concise and creative introduction to the primary curriculum. It is written in a most accessible style by well known and well established teacher educators who have vast experience of supporting the professional, academic and personal development of student teachers and teachers. It is an excellent resource for students and beginner teachers. I expect it will become the core text on teacher education courses' -
Professor Kathy Hall, University College Cork


This is a joy to read. In the current climate of the overcrowded curriculum, this is an eseential text when considering how to plan effectively for the teaching and learning of the Primary curriculum, whilst maintaing an exciting and engaging overview.

Mrs Ros Steward
Department of Education, University of the West Of England
June 25, 2015

Very good overview of primary curriculum subjects. Each chapter has similar structure which is clear and logical. Good, up to date references.

Dr Richard Greenwood
Primary Education, Stranmillis University College
September 10, 2013

I recommend this text to level 4, 5 and 6 BA (Hons) Childhood Studies students as there is a detailed mix of theory and practice provided by the authors. This is a helpful book for students on placment (and existing practitioners) as it provides details on non-core National Curriculum subjects - unlike a lot of other texts out there. Really useful.

Mrs Sharron Galley
Centre for Childhood Studies, Stockport College
June 26, 2013

This is a useful book for students outlining how to achieve a creative approach in different areas of the curriculum. This can aid students needing to adopt a more creative approach in the classroom.

Mrs Gill Fry
Education, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
June 19, 2013

A helpful guide showing how creativity can be fostered and included as part of everyday classroom practice.

Michelle Lowe
Institute for Education Policy Research (Stoke), Staffordshire University
February 14, 2013

Looking at the text from a maths perspective, this gives the students plenty to think about and alerts them clearly to elements of best practice.

Miss Caroline Rickard
Department of Education, Chichester University
December 3, 2012

A good general introduction to the issues in learning to teach in primary schools.

Ms Sue Temple
Education , University of Cumbria
September 13, 2012

Provides an insight into the primary curriculum and what is expected from teachers - supporting children through their early years and providing ideas on how to allow creativity with regards to planning lessons that are engaging and relevant to children's interests.

Miss Maria Cruickshank
health care and public services, South Essex College
August 20, 2012

This is an engaging text placing the child at the core of the primary curriculum.The range of curriculum areas discussed from a specialist perspective is informed and supports reflections on learning and content. The development of subject knowledge is expanded by the themes of the creative teacher and cross curricular links and promotes critical and sensitive teaching and learning.

Dr Estelle Martin
CHILDREN,YOUNG PEOPLE & EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY CAMPUS SUFFOLK
June 27, 2012

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Patricia Driscoll

Patricia Driscoll is Reader in Education at Canterbury Christ Church University. More About Author

Andrew Lambirth

Andrew Lambirth is Professor of Education in The Faculty of Education and Health at The University of Greenwich. Before joining Higher Education, he was a Primary School teacher in Peckham and Bermondsey in South East London. Andrew has published widely in the field of the teaching of Literacy and English including: Primary English (2005, Learning Matters), Creativity and Writing: Developing Voice and Verve in the Classroom (2005, Routledge) with Grainger and Goouch. Understanding Reading and the Teaching of Phonics: Critical Perspectives (2007, Open University) Literacy on the Left: Reform and Revolution (2007 Bloomsbury); Making... More About Author

Judith Roden

Judith Roden is an experienced teacher of science in all phases of education. She was a Principal Lecturer working in the Faculty of Education, Canterbury Christ Church University, where she undertook the role of crossphase science team leader, managing a large team of science tutors. She has written a number of science books including the Reflective Reader in Primary Science Education, co-wrote Extending Knowledge in Practice as well a number of books, articles and chapters in respected science books. Judith now works part time for Teach First Kent and Medway. More About Author

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