This best-selling text book provides a broad-ranging and up-to-date review of thinking and best practice within nursery and infant education. Written around the basic truth that an effective early years curriculum must start with the children, their needs and their potential, the contributors to this classic text acknowledge that learning must have a strong element of fun, wonder and excitement.
Fully revised and updated in light of recent changes to the Early Years curriculum, with brand new chapters on assessment, communication, writing, creativity and diversity, the contributors address a range of fundamental issues and principles, including:
- an analysis of research into how children learn;
- discussions of issues such as classroom organisation, curriculum management, and assessment;
- a detailed section on play and language;
- chapters covering individual curriculum areas, including new chapters on music and PSHE.
Each chapter combines a review of important principles with practical and inspiring classroom examples throughout. It is essential reading for all Foundations Stage and KS1 trainee teachers, their tutors and mentors, and serving teachers working in the 3-7 age range who wish to reflect upon and develop their practice.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction: Young Children Learning and Early Years Teaching
PART A: Basic Principles and Approaches
Chapter 2: ‘Our classroom is like a little cosy house!’: Organising the early years classroom to encourage self-regulated learning
David Whitebread with Rebecca Dawkins, Sue Bingham, Harriet Rhodes & Kate Hemming
Chapter 3: 'My mum would pay anything for chocolate cake!' Organising the Whole Curriculum: Enterprise Projects in the Early Years
Penny Coltman, David Whitebread & Jayne Greenwood
Chapter 4: 'When the chicks hatch a man will come and bring them yolk to eat’: Assessment in the early years
Chapter 5: "This is the best day of my life! And I’m not leaving here until it’s time to go home!": The Outdoor Learning Environment
PART B: Play & Language
Chapter 6: ‘Listen to my idea!’ Communication and Language in the Early Years
Chapter 7: 'It is only a story, isn't it?' Interactive Story-making in the Early Years Classroom
Chapter 8: "I can write… on my own!" Writing in the Early Years
Chapter 9: 'What's that dog thinking, Mrs. Bromley?' Picture Books and Learning to Read
PART C: The Wider Curriculum
Chapter 10: 'We are passing the smile around' Personal, Social, Health and Emotional Education in the Early Years
Chapter 11: 'How do I do this better?' From Movement Development into Physical Literacy
Chapter 12: "I’ve got a song to sing": Creating a Musical Environment for Children in their Early Years
Chapter 13: ‘Once there was someone who walked on the sky.’ Creativity in the Early Years
Kate Cowan & Miles Berry
Chapter 14: 'How many toes has a newt?' Science in the Early Years
Chapter 15: ‘How many shapey ones have you got?’ : Number and Shape in the Early Years
Sue Gifford & Penny Coltman
Chapter 16: 'But what does it do?' Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the Early Years: An Emergent Approach
Chapter 17: So what is long ago and where is far away.....? A sense of time and place
Jayne Greenwood & Holly Linklater
Chapter 18: "Why is she all yellowy Miss?" "Why have you got two mums" "You can’t use the pink - you’re a boy!" : Embracing diversity & difference in the Early Years
PART D: The Way Forward
Chapter 19: Whatever Next? Future Trends in Early Years Education
Mary Jane Drummond
David Whitebread is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Education, University of Cambridge, UK.
Penny Coltman is a Lecturer in Early Years Education, University of Cambridge, UK.
'The fact that the book is now in its fourth edition speaks for itself, showing the value placed on the book by practitioners.Full of good ideas, this is a highly readable book which merits a place in every Early Years setting and will also be a valuable resource for students.'- Sarah Brew, Parents in Touch