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Inspiring Primary Curriculum Design

1st Edition

Edited by James Biddulph, Julia Flutter


168 pages

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Inspiring Primary Curriculum Design offers support and ideas for teachers, school leaders, teaching assistants and student teachers to develop their knowledge of the research related to curriculum design, giving specific and practical ideas to apply research in primary school contexts. This first book in the brand-new series ‘Unlocking Research’ combines practitioner expertise with world class academic research and reflects cutting-edge educational thinking from the only university-run primary school in the UK.

Co-written by practicing teachers and research academics and drawing from a wide and diverse theoretical and research base, each chapter includes examples of how schools approached designing their own curricula; providing a route map of ideas and questions for readers to explore in their own contexts. The aim is to empower educational professionals in reclaiming the processes of curriculum design from evidence-informed foundations and to identify opportunities to be bold, innovative and imaginative.

Packed with innovative ideas and practical suggestions, this book highlights the importance of using research evidence to develop teachers practice in the realities of their own classrooms and schools. This will be a key read for teachers, school leaders, teaching assistants and student teachers, especially those who recognise the important role of research in developing excellence in their practice.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Curriculum Making: Key Concepts and Practices

Mark Priestley and Constantinos Xenofontos

Chapter 2: Considering the Possibilities

James Biddulph and Julia Flutter

Chapter 3: Nurturing Compassionate Citizens of The Future: Weaving Together Pedagogy and Curriculum

Penny Coltman and Luke Rolls

Chapter 4: Rethinking Spaces for Learning: Designing A Curriculum with Freedom and Flexibility at its Heart

Kate Fox, Jonathan Clarke, John-Mark Winstanley and Jane Warwick

Chapter 5: "Why do I have to sit down?": Designing an Age-Appropriate Curriculum for Children in Year One

Rachel Sutton, Lucy Downham and Harriet Rhodes

Chapter 6: Learning to Learn from Nature: How Principles of Harmony in The Natural World Can Guide Curriculum Design

Richard Dunne and Emilie Martin

Chapter 7: Knowing About and Acting Globally in Everyday Classrooms

Susan Lee Robertson and Ana Mocanu

Chapter 8: Education as the Embracing of a Loving Universe: designing an inclusive curriculum

Graham Schweig and Nitesh Gor, OBE

Chapter 9: No Mountain High Enough: Using Music to Raise Academic Achievement

Phil Kirkman, Michelle Long and Luke Robbins

Chapter 10: Vision-Driven Curriculum Practices: ‘Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good’

Andy Wolfe, Caryn Smith, Lisa Harford and Mark Lacey

Chapter 11: Oracy and the primary curriculum: what does research tell us?

Neil Mercer

Chapter 12: Unlocking Research: To New Possibilities

James Biddulph and Julia Flutter


Stephen J Toope

About the Editors

James Biddulph completed his PhD at Cambridge University. He is a successful educator and the Headteacher of the first and only University Training School for Primary Education. Prior to being the Headteacher of UCPS, he was the inaugural Headteacher of Avanti Court Primary in East London. He completed two Masters, one in Music and one in Educational Research during this time. Early on in his career he was awarded Outstanding New Teacher of the Year and gained Advanced Skills Teacher status.

Julia Flutter has worked in education research for over 20 years as a Research Associate at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, where she has been focusing on collaborative approaches for improving classroom teaching. She was a director of the Cambridge Primary Review Trust, a not-for-profit organisation promoting excellence in primary education, and an Associate Editor for the internationally respected Cambridge Journal of Education. She was a contributing author and sub-editor to the Cambridge Primary Review final report, Children, Their World, Their Education (edited by Professor Robin Alexander and published by Routledge, 2010).

About the Series

Unlocking Research

Unlocking Research offers support and ideas for students and practising teachers, enriching their knowledge of research and its application in primary school contexts. Packed with imaginative ideas and practical suggestions, the series aims to empower teachers, teaching assistants and school leaders to take research-informed and principled approaches to making necessary changes in schools so that teaching and learning ignites the social imagination for 21st century educators and learners.

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