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Planning the Primary National Curriculum

Planning the Primary National Curriculum
A complete guide for trainees and teachers

Second Edition
Edited by:

January 2018 | 304 pages | Learning Matters
A complete guide for trainees and teachers

To prepare to teach the new Primary National Curriculum, you need more than just the Programmes of Study. You need a resource to help you understand, plan for, teach and assess the curriculum. This is it! Your guide to planning the Primary National Curriculum.

This book explores how to plan in primary schools. It covers curriculum design and structure, challenges to learning, and how children learn. New in this edition is a chapter on planning for mastery.

For each curriculum subject the programme of study is included, with notes to help you interpret it for your own class. The text covers how the teaching of each subject can be organised, assessment opportunities, key and essential resources in each subject, and how ICT can best be used in each subject to enhance teaching. Sequenced lesson examples in all subject chapters link theory to practice and highlight progression.

The final section of the book explores the many ways in which the curriculum can be delivered. It includes the creative curriculum, dialogic teaching, cross-curricular learning and more current thinking about interpreting the curriculum.  

About this book
SECTION 1 Overview of planning
1 The planning context
2 Principles of planning
3 Mastery in the National Curriculum
SECTION 2 Subject planning
4 Planning English in the national curriculum
5 Planning mathematics in the national curriculum
6 Planning science in the national curriculum
7 Planning art and design in the national curriculum
8 Planning computing in the national curriculum
9 Planning design and technology in the national curriculum
10 Planning geography in the national curriculum
11 Planning history in the national curriculum
12 Planning languages in the national curriculum
13 Planning music in the national curriculum
14 Planning physical education in the national curriculum
SECTION 3 Putting the curriculum together

This book has been very useful in my current placement school, it has all of the national curriculum requirements with brilliant lesson examples for each subject. It shows how to set out a good lesson plan and ways to match it to the curriculum. It also gives many possible ways to plan and things to incorporate into lessons. I would definitely recommend this book to those in primary education.

Kirsty Bryson
Primary PGCE Trainee

We have adopted this book for our placement module for trainees. It has been useful to see how the book helps trainees to break down learning objectives and success criteria creations. Examples provided are meaningful for trainees and a good starting point for their own professional development.

Mr Chris Ives
School of Teacher Development, Bishop Grosseteste University
July 8, 2020

Helpful guide for all new students to QTS and the education routes.
Accurate in its description of being the complete guide.

Mr Julian Ayres
School of Education and Community, Wrexham Glyndwr University
February 13, 2020

A very useful book to support PGCE and SD trainees.

Mrs Anna Sheila Streather
Education, Somerset Centre for Integrated Learning
August 8, 2019

This book never arrived.

Mr Paul Hopkins
Faculty of Education (Hull), Hull University
October 22, 2018

This is a useful book which explores how to plan in primary schools. There is good coverage of curriculum design and structure and it also looks at some of the challenges to learning and there is some reflection on how children learn.

For area of the primary curriculum there is coverage or the programme of study with some notes. The book covers how each subject can be organised and also some assessment opportunities for each subject area. There are suggestions for essential resources and also some thoughts on how technology can be used. There are also examples of lesson planning with links to theory - though these could have been more developed for use for ITE students.

Mr Paul Hopkins
Faculty of Education (Hull), Hull University
October 22, 2018

I have recommended this to our PGCE Primary teacher trainees as it is an excellent starting point and provides a comprehensive overview of the key issues.

Mrs Sharron Galley
Higher education, Ashton Sixth Form College
September 27, 2018

A good text to prepare students for teacher training interviews

Mrs Ruth Gill
School of Education, Staffordshire University
August 20, 2019

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 2: Principles of Planning