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Subject Teaching in Primary Education

by Patrick Smith and Lyn Dawes SAGE Publications Ltd
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Pbk 296 pages
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To be a successful teacher in primary schools you need to have an informed understanding of a wide range of subjects. Rooted in experiences you'll encounter in schools, this textbook provides clear guidance of good practice teaching different subjects in primary education, informed by current curriculum directions, and full of practical advice for the classroom.

Key features: Clear links to the 2014 National Curriculum in England 'In the classroom' examples from schools demonstrate intelligent and engaging ways to teach different subjects. Reflective questions challenge you to critically engage with what you have read and apply it to your own teaching.

Early years - Sue Fawson
Art and design - Christine Hickman
Computing and digital literacy - Helen Caldwell and Gareth Honeyford
Drama - Jo Barter-Boulton and Jo Palmer
English - Gill Chambers, Kate Coleman and Gareth Davies
Geography - Ken Bland
History - Mary Bracey, Paul Bracey and Sandra Kirkland
Languages - Paul Gurton
Mathematics - Alice Hansen and Balbir Ahir
Music - Carol Wetton
Physical education - Emma Whewell, Karen Woolley and Robert Kellam
Religious education - Ellie Hill
Science - Babs Dore and Lyn Dawes

'The general message of the book appears to not only prepare teachers to think about each subject area but to recognise, as Eisner (2002: 58) would suggest, that the teacher ‘teaches herself as well as the subject’.  As a result paying each subject due attention and recognising their strengths and learning opportunities becomes important; enabling the subjects to be represented more evenly to children.

Useful connections to recent policy and relevant research literature which  provides an up to date feel.  In addition classroom practice is represented through the practice based examples. 

A creative approach to art and design is encouraged in the dedicated chapter on this important area of the curriculum.  This approach encourages children to be playful with materials and ideas,   but to also become knowledgeable in traditional and contemporary art practices: drawing painting photography and through the use of sketchbooks.   Material is included which supports the management of the learning environment and positive approaches to engaging with a  broad selection of artistic practices.   References to recent policy and research material helps contextualise the ideas in a broader setting.'