Reclaiming the Curriculum : Specialist and Creative Teaching in Primary Schools

Reclaiming the Curriculum : Specialist and Creative Teaching in Primary Schools


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In Reclaiming the Curriculum Bill Laar and Jackie Holderness inspire teachers to escape such narrow confines by unearthing a rich seam of case study examples from schools who are broadening their provision with specialist content that transcends the core curriculum. Featuring a variety of exciting initiatives - ranging from the development of an IT-enabled collaborative learning space to the artful application of storytelling across the curriculum - this book will embolden schools to identify and enhance their own creative practice and more effectively prepare pupils for the tests of life, not a life of tests.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785833069
Publisher: Crown House Publishing, Limited
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

A former primary school head teacher, Bill Laar has been a local authority inspector in Birmingham, Oxfordshire and London, where he was deputy director of education. He was patron of National Primary Heads (NPH) and is a well-known speaker. He has written for school leaders and teachers on inspection, learning, literacy and leadership.

Having worked for nearly 15 years as a senior lecturer in education at Oxford Brookes University, Jackie Holderness is now the education officer at Christ Church Cathedral. She is also involved in several local initiatives which focus on the creative arts.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements iii

Preface v

Introduction 1

1 Learning With and Through Nature Sue Stokoe, head teacher, Boldon Nursery School - Outdoor Nursery 27

2 The Window Bertie Hornibrook, head teacher, Chadlington CE Primary School 41

3 A STEAM Curriculum Initiative Helen Bruckdorfer, head teacher Susan Bush, curriculum development consultant, Torriano School 55

4 The Broad and Balanced Curriculum Enriched by IT Jonathan Bishop, head teacher, Broadclyst Community Primary School 67

5 An Enriched and International Curriculum Marion Mills, head teacher, Blewbury Endowed CE Primary School 83

6 Learning Outside the Classroom Colette Morris, head teacher Susan Perry, head of outdoor learning, Christ Church CE Primary School 99

7 Partnership Enrichment Through Shared Stories, Creativity and Gardening Rachel Woods, co-founder, Parable Garden 115

8 Languages in the Primary Curriculum Dawn Basnett, deputy head teacher Roy Calcutt, Latin teacher, Ickford School 125

9 Role Play and Stories Isy Mead, head of learning and participation, the Story Museum 141

10 Creating a Community of Learners Geerthi Ahilan, senior leader, St Ebbe's CE Primary School 155

11 Writing Reclaimed Emily Rowe, classroom teacher Jenifer Smith Simon Wrigley, co-founders of National Writing Project (UK) 169

12 Dance and Music in the Classroom Lynn Knapp, head teacher, Windmill Primary School 183

13 Drama Across the Primary Curriculum Helen Heaton, drama teacher, Ansford Academy 195

14 Chess in the Curriculum Ed Read, head teacher, Cumnor CE Primary School Dr Andrew Varney, chess coach 209

15 Building Goblin Cars Liz Tansley, head teacher James Veness Christopher Savage, The Hendreds CE Primary School 223

16 A Creative Approach to History in the Curriculum Stephanie Daley, head of curriculum development, London Fields Primary Schoo 237

17 Artists in School: Specialist Teaching in the Arts Jo Acty, artist-in-residence, St Mary and St John CE Primary School 253

18 The Reclaimed Curriculum Sue Tomkys Sam Conway Francesca Jenkins Alison Seddighi Jess Tweedie Vivien Weekes Edina Wemeser Edwina Vernon Maria Prodromou, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School 263

Conclusion 281

About the Authors 291

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