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Inspiring Primary Learners
Insights and Inspiration Across the Curriculum

ISBN 9780367110659
Published February 25, 2021 by Routledge
342 Pages 73 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Inspiring Primary Learners offers trainee and qualified teachers high-quality case studies of outstanding practice in contemporary classrooms across the country. Expert authors unravel and reveal the theory and evidence that underpins lessons, helping you make connections with your own practice and understand what ‘excellent’ looks like, within each context, and how it is achieved.

Illustrated throughout with interviews, photos, and examples of children’s work, it covers a range of primary subjects and key topics including creating displays, outdoor learning, and developing a reading for pleasure culture. The voice of the practitioner is evident throughout as teachers share their own experience, difficulties, and solutions to ensure that children are inspired by their learning.

Written in two parts, the first exemplifies examples of practice for each National Curriculum subject, whilst the second focuses on the wider curriculum and explores issues pertinent to the primary classroom, highlighting important discussions on topics such as:

  • Reading for pleasure
  • Writing for pleasure
  • Creating a dynamic and responsive curriculum
  • Creating inspiring displays
  • Outdoor learning
  • Pedagogy for imagination
  • Relationships and Sex Education

This key text shows how, even within the contested space of education, practitioners can inspire their primary learners through teaching with passion and purpose for the empowerment of the children in their class. For all new teachers, it provides advice and ideas for effective and engaging learning experiences across the curriculum.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The primary curriculum

  1. Empowering communication through speaking, reading and writing
  2. Deborah Reynolds, Sarah Smith and Kat Vallely

  3. A Teaching for Mastery Approach – Primary Mathematics
  4. Gemma Parker

  5. Science: Children as inventors
  6. Adewale Magaji, Lorraine Smith and Michelle Best

  7. How ‘messiness’ in Design and Technology can inspire creative teaching and learning
  8. James Archer and Rachel Linfield

  9. Putting the human back into the Humanities
  10. Alison Hales

  11. Painting a Canvas of Creativity
  12. Ashley Brett

  13. Music: Composing, Performing, Listening and Structuring (all without fear)
  14. Mark Betteney and Kay Charlton

  15. Physical Education and Health Education
  16. Kristy Howells

  17. Computational thinking and technology enhanced learning (TEL): the power of computing in the primary classroom.
  18. Poppy Gibson and Megan Brown

  19. Inspiración y oportunidad: purpose and strategies for teaching Modern Foreign Languages in the primary classroom
  20. Poppy Gibson and Talia Ramadan

  21. Religious Education – a creative freedom to teach innovatively
  22. Robert Morgan

    Part 2: Wider issues and debates

  23. Relationships and Sex Education
  24. Richard Woolley and Sacha Mason

  25. Reading for Pleasure
  26. Roger McDonald

  27. Writing for Pleasure
  28. Ross Young & Felicity Ferguson

  29. Creating a Dynamic and Responsive Curriculum
  30. Janet Morris and Rachel Wolfendale

  31. Creating inspiring displays
  32. Anthony Barlow

  33. Outdoor learning
  34. Michelle Best, Adewale Magaji and Lorraine Smith

  35. Pedagogy for imagination

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Roger McDonald is an Associate Professor at the University of Greenwich and has extensive experience in the primary classroom as a practitioner. Roger is also President Elect of the United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA).

Poppy Gibson is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Greenwich, and programme lead of the accelerated BA (Hons) in Primary Education Studies.