Inspiring Primary Curriculum Design offers support and ideas for teachers, school leaders, teaching assistants and student teachers to develop their knowledge of the research related to curriculum design, giving specific and practical ideas to apply research in primary school contexts. This first book in the brand-new series 'Unlocking Research' combines practitioner expertise with world class academic research and reflects cutting-edge educational thinking from the only university-run primary school in the UK.
Co-written by practising teachers and research academics and drawing from a wide and diverse theoretical and research base, each chapter includes examples of how schools approached designing their own curricula; providing a route map of ideas and questions for readers to explore in their own contexts. The aim is to empower educational professionals in reclaiming the processes of curriculum design from evidence-informed foundations and to identify opportunities to be bold, innovative and imaginative.
Packed with innovative ideas and practical suggestions, this book highlights the importance of using research evidence to develop teachers' practice in the realities of their own classrooms and schools. This will be a key read for teachers, school leaders, teaching assistants and student teachers, especially those who recognise the important role of research in developing excellence in their practice.
James Biddulph completed his PhD at Cambridge University. He is a successful educator and the Headteacher of the first and only University Training School for Primary Education. Prior to being the Headteacher of the University of Cambridge Primary School (UCPS), he was the inaugural Headteacher of Avanti Court Primary in East London. He completed two Masters, one in Music and one in Educational Research during this time. Early on in his career he was awarded Outstanding New Teacher of the Year and gained Advanced Skills Teacher status.
Julia Flutter has worked in education research for over 20 years as a Research Associate at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, where she has been focusing on collaborative approaches for improving classroom teaching. She was a director of the Cambridge Primary Review Trust, a not-for-profit organisation promoting excellence in primary education, and an Associate Editor for the internationally respected Cambridge Journal of Education. She was a contributing author and sub-editor to the Cambridge Primary Review final report, Children, Their World, Their Education (edited by Professor Robin Alexander and published by Routledge, 2010).
Chapter 1: Curriculum Making: Key Concepts and Practices
Mark Priestley and Constantinos Xenofontos
Chapter 2: Considering the Possibilities
James Biddulph and Julia Flutter
Chapter 3: Nurturing Compassionate Citizens of The Future: Weaving Together Pedagogy and Curriculum
Penny Coltman and Luke Rolls
Chapter 4: Rethinking Spaces for Learning: Designing A Curriculum with Freedom and Flexibility at its Heart
Kate Fox, Jonathan Clarke, John-Mark Winstanley and Jane Warwick
Chapter 5: "Why do I have to sit down?": Designing an Age-Appropriate Curriculum for Children in Year One
Rachel Sutton, Lucy Downham and Harriet Rhodes
Chapter 6: Learning to Learn from Nature: How Principles of Harmony in The Natural World Can Guide Curriculum Design
Richard Dunne and Emilie Martin
Chapter 7: Knowing About and Acting Globally in Everyday Classrooms
Susan Lee Robertson and Ana Mocanu
Chapter 8: Education as the Embracing of a Loving Universe: designing an inclusive curriculum
Graham Schweig and Nitesh Gor
Chapter 9: No Mountain High Enough: Using Music to Raise Academic Achievement
Phil Kirkman, Michelle Long and Luke Robbins-Ross
Chapter 10: Vision-Driven Curriculum Practices: 'Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good'
Andy Wolfe, Caryn Smith, Lisa Harford and Mark Lacey
Chapter 11: Oracy and the primary curriculum: what does research tell us?
Chapter 12: Unlocking Research: To New Possibilities
James Biddulph and Julia Flutter
Stephen J Toope