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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

Essential reading for all education students as it covers the new National Curriculum. Each chapter is written in an accessible style and comprehensively examines a subject of the primary National Curriculum.

Mrs Mandy Pierlejewski
Higher Education Applied Social Sciences, Stockport College
May 21, 2015

Good all round read for generalists.

Mrs Rhiannon Love
Teacher Development, Winchester University
May 21, 2015

Useful overview for teaching assistants embarking for the first time on the formal study of education

Miss Caroline Ann Meredith
Department of Education Studies, Bishop Grosseteste University
June 23, 2016

This is a very useful book for student teachers. It combines practical guidance with theoretical underpinnings. I like the emphasis on creative approaches.

Dr David Waugh
School of Education, Durham University
October 15, 2015

A useful text that supports trainee teachers to think creatively in each curriculum subject.

Mrs Marion Elizabeth Hobbs
Education, Edge Hill University
May 11, 2016

A useful book for trainee teachers supporting them to consider creative approaches across the curriculum.

Mrs Marion Elizabeth Hobbs
Education, Edge Hill University
May 11, 2016

Continues to remain relevant.

Mrs Kathryn Peckham
School of Education, Northampton University
April 21, 2016

great accessible book

Mrs Georgina Spry
Faculty of Education (Parkgate), Chester University
April 2, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: An Introduction to English

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