This book takes an inspirational look at how to foster children's creativity as well as following the guidelines in the National Curriculum. The book:
- explores the nature of the creative mind
- investigates the role of play and the concept of creativity
- examines appropriate continuing professional development for teachers
- looks at the personal and professional identities of teachers
- considers ways of analysing and describing creative practice.
This text looks at the bigger picture in education, asking what sort of systems need to be designed to develop children's learning in the 21st century. It will be a resource to teachers, head teachers and advisory staff committed to asking questions, encouraging play and not allowing problems or circumstances to block action.
'I thought creativity was out of fashion these days, but here is a timely reminder of what we should be doing in primary education: namely, educating the whole child, and not just the part that does SATs. The brief is wide but the author nevertheless manages to discuss the issues in some depth. It will be a useful inspiration to teachers and students concerned about these issues.' - Natalie Ford, NATE journal
'... Anna Croft presents a book which explores the nature of creativity and then seeks out ways in which creativity can be promoted through national curriculum subjects and teachers' professional development. The book is easily readable and the author purposefully informs teachers about ways in which creative thought can be engendered in primary schools ... As the NCCCE states 'The case for change is strong and the need for action is urgent' ... Creativity Across the Primary Curriculum [goes] some way toward promoting the changes required and outlining the actions which need to be taken.' - English 4-11