2nd Edition

Primary Teaching Assistants Curriculum in context

    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    Teaching Assistants are uniquely placed to support children’s involvement with learning. The role of those who work alongside teachers in the classroom has changed dramatically in recent years and teaching assistants are increasingly involved in planning, teaching and assessing all aspects of the curriculum.

    This second edition has been thoroughly updated and includes new chapters on learning in gardens, children’s play in virtual environments, specialist approaches for children with communication difficulties, the nature of learning at home, the place of poetry, child abuse, learning in a breakfast club, children’s spelling, and the importance of playtime. Exploring the issues that are central to fostering children’s learning, the book examines:

      • strategies for supporting learning and assessment in English, maths and science
      • inclusive and imaginative practices in all areas of learning
      • home and community contexts for learning
      • working practices which support professional development.

    Written for teaching assistants and also teachers, the book aims to enrich the contribution that teaching assistants, as team members, can make to children’s learning.



    Carrie Cable, Ian Eyres and Roger Hancock

    Section 1: Children and the curriculum

    Introduction to Section 1

    Carrie Cable, Ian Eyres and Roger Hancock

    1 Play, playtime and playgrounds

    Stuart Lester, Owain Jones and Wendy Russell

    2 Learning from errors and misconceptions
    Julie Ryan and Julian Williams

    3 Why use ICT
    Richard English

    4 Poetry: and everyday activity
    Liz Stone and Julia Gillan

    5 What can teacers learn from the language that children use?

    Chris Bills

    6 Watching and learning: the tools of assessment
    Cathy Nutbrown

    7 The sensory garden
    Hazreena Hussein

    8 Constructivism and primary science
    Patricia Murphy

    9 The case for primary science

    Jane Turner

    10 Learning science

    Joan Solomon and Stephen Lunn

    Section 2: Contexts for learning

    Introductin to Section 2

    Ian Eyres, Carrie Cable and Roger Hancock

    11. Tadpoles in the willow garden
    Sam Burns and Sue Hadfield with Roger Hancock

    12. ICT and bilingual children

    Shelia Crowther and Ian Eyres

    13. What is a ‘good’ book?

    Elaine Moss
    14. The effect of light and noise on pupils with Aspergers syndrome
    Bernhard Menzinger and Robin Jackson

    15. School buildings: ‘A safe haven, not a prison’
    Catherine Burke and Ian Grosvenor
    16. Joining Gabriel’s play
    Kayte Brimacombe with Roger Hancock

    17. Grandparents and children’s learning
    Charmain Kenner et al.

    18. Learning at home is not like learning in school
    Alan Thomas and Jane Lowe

    Section 3: Working together

    Introduction to Section 3

    Carrie Cable, Ian Eyres and Roger Hancock

    19. Children’s play in online virtual worlds

    Jackie Marsh

    20. Supporting and enhancing primary mathematics

    Jenny Houssart

    21. Reflections on bilingual practice

    Carrie Cable

    22. Enabling children’s creativity
    Lindsey Haynes with Anna Craft

    23. Successful home-school projects in the UK
    Anthony Feiler

    24. It’s hard being expected to work all the time
    Rose Schofield

    25. Developing pupils’ self-assessment skills

    Ruth Dann

    Section 4: Perspectives and voices

    Introduction to Section 4

    Carrie Cable, Ian Eyres and Roger Hancocks

    26. ‘Whoops, I forgot David’

    Ian Eyres et al.

    27. Child voice and cue cards
    Anne Lewis, Helen Newton and Susan Vials

    28. From one professional to another
    Jonathan Rix

    29. Bangladeshi women and their children’s reading

    Adrian Blackledge

    30. Breaking the taboo

    Ruth Pooley

    31. Common sense has much to learn from moonshine
    Philip Pullman

    32. Children and spelling
    Marsha Bell

    33. Learning in a breakfast club
    Peter Woolston with Roger Hancock

    34. Enriched Curriculum to the Foundation Stage Curriculum
    Dympna Meikleham with Roger Hancock


    Carrie Cable is an Education Consultant and Researcher.
    Ian Eyres is Senior Lecturer in Education at The Open University.
    Roger Hancock is an Education Consultant and Researcher.
    Mary Stacey is a Writer and an Education Consultant.