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2nd Edition

Primary Teaching Assistants
Curriculum in context

ISBN 9780415504331
Published January 11, 2013 by Routledge
304 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents



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

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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.