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The Primary Curriculum
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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

Good all round read for generalists.

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

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

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
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Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: An Introduction to English