Routledge Education is delighted to announce that John Foster, author of Jumpstart! PSHE, is our May 2015 Author of the Month.
John Foster was born in Carlisle and educated at Denstone College and Brasenose College, Oxford and was a teacher for 20 years before becoming a full-time writer. He has written over 100 books for classroom use and is a highly regarded children’s poet, anthologist and poetry performer.
John's new book, Jumpstart! PSHE, was published by Routledge in April.
John Foster was born in Carlisle and educated at Denstone College and Brasenose College, Oxford and was a teacher for 20 years before becoming a full-time writer.
He has written over 100 books for classroom use and is the author of the best-selling secondary school PSHE and Citizenship course Your Life (HarperCollins).
John is a highly regarded children’s poet, anthologist and poetry performer. His book The Poetry Chest containing over 250 of his own poems is published by Oxford University Press.
His best selling anthologies include Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar and the poetry collections illustrated by Korky Paul, such as Dinosaur Poems and Dragon Poems.
His hobbies include gardening, swimming and supporting Carlisle United.
This collection of engaging and simple to use activities will jumpstart students’ understanding of themselves, their relationships and their knowledge of how to lead a healthy lifestyle.
A wealth of practical activities in the book range from class and group discussions and formal debates to games, role plays, hot seating and thought tracking. This book enables teachers to deliver effective and imaginative PSHE lessons, encouraging children to:
Jumpstart! PSHE is an essential classroom resource that will encourage the personal development of children and is the perfect solution for helping teachers deliver effective and imaginative PSHE lessons.
Why did you decide to write Jumpstart! PSHE?
I decided to write Jumpstart! PSHE because most primary school teachers and many secondary school teachers, whatever their subject specialism, find themselves having to teach Personal, Social and Health Education lessons either to their class or to their tutor group. As non-specialists in PSHE, they require as much help as possible, in delivering lively and effective lessons.
My aim in Jumpstart! PSHE is to provide simple easy-to-use activities that are self-explanatory and do not require lengthy preparation by the class teacher. I wanted, in particular, to include activities that trainee teachers and NQTs, who often find PSHE lessons initially rather daunting, would be able to use.
What's the one thing you hope readers take away from your book?
I hope that the book will provide classroom teachers with activities that will enable them to develop their expertise and confidence in delivering PSHE lessons.
Is there anything you'd like to highlight about this topic or your book in particular?
Activities in the book range from formal debates and discussions, ranking exercises and quizzes to games, role play and hotseating. Many of the activities involve the children in groups or pairs discussing issues and sharing opinions, thus providing individuals with an opportunity to consider various viewpoints and develop their own ideas. It is important to make children aware of the value of exploratory talk in enabling them to develop an understanding of issues and to decide what they think.
What's a common misconception about this topic that you'd like to clear up?
PSHE is currently a non-statutory subject. Consequently, it does not have the status of other subjects which are included as statutory subjects in the national curriculum. There is, however, a groundswell of opinion that it should be made a statutory subject. The areas PSHE covers, including sex and relationships education, are as important in a child’s education as those covered in subjects which are statutory. The topics covered in PSHE prepare children for life in the twenty first century. It is time to give PSHE the status it should be given and to make it a statutory subject.
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