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A Practical Guide to Enquiry-Based Primary Teaching
A Reflective Journey

ISBN 9781138596320
Published October 17, 2018 by Routledge
102 Pages

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Book Description

This book is a guide for developing an enquiry approach in primary schools and offers practical ideas on how to empower teachers to embrace spontaneity and flexibility in their daily practice.

Designed as a thinking diary, this book provides space for the practitioner to record highs and lows in the classroom and experiences in meetings and training, ensuring it serves as a personal record of what works well but also a pertinent reminder of what can improve and what can be learnt from mistakes. A Practical Guide to Enquiry-Based Primary Teaching comprehensively covers all the steps involved in adopting this approach, including:

  • why enquiry-based learning should be at the forefront of primary settings;
  • how to develop teachers in this approach and assessing the prior learning which needs to take place beforehand;
  • settling into your role as a facilitator and recognising the stregnths and weaknesses within your enquiry team;
  • discussing and planning enquiry sessions, including clarifying objectives;
  • how to let go of a more structured approach to learning and becoming familiar with the tools in your spontaneity arsenal;
  • evaluating enquiry sessions.

Supported by research, this book is a fresh, innovative approach to enquiry-based learning and teaching and will be a valuable daily aid for both newly qualified and experienced primary teachers.

Table of Contents


Platform 1

All aboard!

Platform 2

Before you go

Platform 3

Who's going with you?

Platform 4

The Itinerary

Platform 5


Platform 6


Platform 7

Letting Go

Platform 8

Photo Album

Platform 9


Platform 10


Platform 11

Bon Voyage!

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Helena Hill has over twenty years' experience as a primary school teacher. She currently teaches Reception at Warren Wood Primary, where she has been the Foundation Stage Leader for the past three years and is also a member of the Senior Management Team.