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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

I have used this text extensively across a number of modules this year and found it a really useful text. This will be on the reading list in the autumn.

Mrs Zenna Kingdon
Education , College of St Mark and St John
June 15, 2012

A key book for students working towards their degree and QTS

Mrs Ruth Gill
Faculty of Sciences, Staffordshire University
January 22, 2012

An interesting and useful book. would recommend to both students and the college library.

Mr Ray Holland
BASE, Thanet College
January 5, 2012

This book is timely and easily navigated. I have recommended that our library purchases multiple copies, and that our book shop stocks it. It features on recommended reading lists.

Mr Mark Betteney
Dept of Education,Leadership & Develop, Greenwich University
November 17, 2011

well organised and accessible

Miss Anita Chamberlain
Faculty of Education, University of Cumbria
November 3, 2011

Unfortunately this book attempts to cover too many topics too thinly. In some topics, it is not clear whether it sets out to address Creativity / creative approaches as the title suggests.

Mr Ralph Manning
Sch of Education & Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia
November 3, 2011

This book has been added to our essential reading list for the PGCE 7-14 programme. It is an ideal companion to learning to teach across the curriculum in the primary setting.
The chapters are cler, informative and inspirational. The book is easily accessible for student teachers and will no doubt be well thumbed by the end of the programme!

Mrs Catherine Carden
POINTED, Canterbury Christ Church University
October 7, 2011

An easy to use text, particularly helpful for postgraduate students wishing to find out more about specific areas of the curriculum. The focus on creative approaches makes this a particularly topical resource.

Ms Kate Allott
Education , York St John University College
September 29, 2011
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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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