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Creativity in the Primary Classroom

Creativity in the Primary Classroom

Second Edition

September 2015 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

‘A highly practical overview of creative teaching and learning for both novice and seasoned primary teachers; this second edition features useful content on the new National Curriculum in England, such as possibilities for creativity in different subjects and consideration of creative assessment. In a nutshell, super-accessible and inspiring!’
-Emese Hall, PGCE Primary Lead & MA Creative Arts in Education Tutor, University of Exeter

Creativity is an integral element of any primary classroom, and the new curriculum allows greater freedom than ever before to incorporate this in your teaching. Being a creative teacher involves generating new ideas, reflecting upon and evaluating different teaching approaches, and establishing an environment that supports creativity in your pupils.

Filled with ideas, activities and reflective tasks and underpinned by relevant theory, this practical book explores how to develop as a creative teacher, empowering you to implement your own engaging and inspiring approaches to planning, teaching and assessment.

Drawing from detailed real-life examples, this second edition includes:

· Updated links to the new National Curriculum and Teachers’ Standards

· More guidance for each curriculum subject area

· Increased coverage of assessment and creative teaching for differentiation


Part One: What is Creativity?
The key elements of creativity
Creativity in education: history and theoretical background
Part Two: A Creative Child in a Creative Classroom
Building the skills to work creatively
Establishing the ethos
Part Three: A Creative Teacher
What makes a creative teacher?
Key skills for the creative teacher
Part Four: A Creative Curriculum
Planning for and assessing creative outcomes
Medium-term planning for creative outcomes
Case studies: creativity in practice

This is a really helpful book which encompasses a lot of the key topics covered in the module.

Mrs Claire Carkin
Healthcare, Nursing & Social Work, City College Norwich
March 31, 2022

Is being used as a supplementary book to support the module requirements for `creativity and learning`.
Useful information contained within it including reflections for learners to use to develop practice.

Miss Lisa Holland
teacher education, Tameside College
January 28, 2022

Did not receive this book

Mrs jacqueline robertson
CACHE Department, Northumberland College
October 26, 2016

This was a well written text that explores what is an interesting topic.

Dr Colin Howard
Institute of Education, University of Worcester
March 23, 2016

This is an excellent up to date text book which is very useful for any student aiming to provide a creative curriculum. It features clear curriculum links, theory and practical examples. The book is accessibly written and an excellent resource.

Mrs Catherine Agnese O'Brien
School of Social Sciences and Law, University of Teesside
March 7, 2016

To support trainee primary teachers' work on their cross-curricular modules

Mr Robert Watts
Education, University of Roehampton
July 22, 2016

This book is extremely interesting, both from the point of view of the teacher and also how to embed creativity throughout teaching and learning. The individual activities, examples and opportunities for reflection were very useful. The chapter of case studies has, however, the potential to be prescriptive- teachers have a tendency to focus on such 'schemes' and this has the potential to actually reduce creativity as they do not adapt these ideas for their own contexts.

Mrs Ros Steward
Department of Education, University of the West Of England
May 23, 2016

Good clear examples of creativity in the classroom. Students appreciate the guidance for lesson planning.

Mr Owen Davies
School of Education, Bangor University
April 26, 2016

I like the 'generic' components of this book. For a teacher new in the classroom the consideration of the culture of the classroom; groupwork; personal and social aspects; and the role of the teacher are sensible and clear.

I think teacher modelling could feature more prominently as a technique.

My main recommendation is to include MUSIC in the list on page xv 'subjects and skills reference table'.

Ruth Atkinson

Mrs Ruth Atkinson
Faculty of Education, University of Plymouth
February 20, 2016

Engaging exploration of creative pedagogies.

Mrs Rhiannon Love
Teacher Development, University of Winchester
May 14, 2016

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Chapter 1: The Key Elements of Creativity

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