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October Authors of the Month: Russell Grigg & Sioned Hughes

We are very pleased to announce that our Routledge Education October Authors of the Month are Russell Grigg and Sioned Hughes! The second edition of Teaching Primary Humanities, which focuses on history, geography and religious education, has been fully updated to reflect policy developments and recent curriculum changes throughout the United Kingdom. Take a look at the Q&A below.


How did you find the experience of writing the second edition, in comparison to writing the first?
We both valued the opportunity to update the first edition and to reaffirm the importance of the humanities in children’s all-round education. While we weren’t starting from scratch, writing the second edition presented the challenge of reflecting new developments in the field, retaining UK-wide perspectives and deciding what to omit given the customary writing constraints in terms of length.

What do you find most interesting about working in primary education?
We find it interesting and a pleasure to see creative teachers at work, especially when they provide opportunities for children to explore their locality, handle sources and use the news to illustrate the relevance of the humanities. For example, the Reception teacher who starts the day with a slideshow of stunning pictures from around the world, or the Year 6 teacher who regularly drops in ‘What if..?’ questions into lessons.
We are both privileged to earn a living in a field that is continually developing as we learn more about the human brain and children’s capabilities. It’s also great to work with teachers who so readily share their experiences on what the humanities is all about – stories, travels, beliefs and ideas.

What do you hope that the reader will take away from the book?
We hope the second edition will inspire readers to reflect on how they see the humanities and its contribution to primary education. If teachers, as the main readers, feel inspired, refreshed and motivated to find out more about different times, peoples and places, then we will be very satisfied authors.
If you had to sum the book up in one sentence, what would that be?
The one-stop guide to teaching primary history, geography and religious education

Featured Book

  • Teaching Primary Humanities

    2nd Edition

    By Russell Grigg, Sioned V Hughes

    The second edition of Teaching Primary Humanities, which focuses on history, geography and religious education, has been fully updated to reflect policy developments and recent curriculum changes throughout the United Kingdom. The authors reaffirm the importance of teaching the humanities in a…

    Paperback – 2018-09-28
    Routledge

Dr Russell Grigg is an Education Inspector for the Ministry of Education in the United Arab Emirates. He was previously Associate Professor at the Wales Centre for Equity in Education. He has written widely in the field of history and primary education. Among his recent publications are: Teaching on a Shoestring (Crown House, 2018) and Teaching Creative and Critical Thinking in Schools (Sage, 2019).

Dr Sioned V. Hughes is a Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education at the Athrofa: The Institute of Education, University of Wales Trinity Saint David. She is a former primary school teacher. She has published many education materials, especially in primary geography and primary humanities. Her work on Patagonia was recognised by the Welsh Books Council as the Bestselling Children’s Book in 2011.