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Primary Teaching

Primary Teaching
Learning and teaching in primary schools today

Second Edition
Edited by:

April 2022 | 680 pages | Learning Matters

The second edition of this core text from Learning Matters asks:

  • What is teaching?
  • Does curriculum really matter? 
  • Does behvaiour need 'managing'?
  • What matters in the early years?
  • What is a learning environment today?
  • Is my classroom an anti-racist learning space?
  • How can I bring the theme of sustainability to my teaching?

Discussing these and many more, it covers the contents of professional studies modules and goes beyond to support trainees on placements and in their learning on the course.

Learning features throughout have been designed to help students develop their understanding, broaden their perspectives, think more critically and apply theory to practice. These include:

Case Studies to apply learning to real-life school contexts.

Key Readings to encourage wider reading, broaden perspectives and offer practical ideas for the classroom.

Key Theory features introduce and summarise big ideas, theories and research.

Critical Questions direct reflection, help students engage with what their reading and encourage critical responses.  

Classroom Links highlight good practice, provide practical ideas and show how to implement these in the classroom.

Assignment features offer helpful points to consider and practical advice for writing assignments on chapter topics, which act as great starting points.

Part 1 Understanding primary teaching
1. What is teaching
2. What are the realities of being a teacher in the UK today?
3. Learning in the early years
4. How do children learn?
5. How can I bring evidence-based practice into my classroom?
6. Does curriculum really matter?
Part 2 Essential principles of teaching
7. Why is teacher professionalism important?
8. Planning effective learning episodes for children
9. How might we frame behaviour
10. Talk and communication
11. What is assessment
12. SEND
Part 3 Developing skills for teaching
13. Placements
14. Learning environments
15. Question, pace and delivery
16. Relationships with parents
17. Opportunities beyond the classroom
18. Inclusion
19. Data
Part 4 Teaching now
20. Teacher self care
21. Decolonising your classroom
22. Bringing diverse voice
23. Digital tech
24. The true power of reading
25. STEM curriculum
26. Broad and balanced?
27. Mental Health
28. Sustainability
29. Sex and Relationships
Part 5 Building a career
30. What’s next?
31. CPD
32. A network of colleagues
33. Engaging with research

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ISBN: 9781529781076

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