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Primary Teaching

Primary Teaching
Learning and teaching in primary schools today

Second Edition
Edited by:

July 2022 | 624 pages | Learning Matters

The second edition of this core text from Learning Matters asks:

  • What is teaching?
  • Does curriculum really matter? 
  • Does behaviour need 'managing'?
  • What is a learning environment today?
  • Does my classroom reflect the identities of all of my learners?
  • How can I bring the theme of sustainability to my teaching?

Discussing these and many more, it covers the contents of professional studies modules and goes beyond to support trainees on placements and in their learning on the course.  Five new chapters are added for this edition discussing themes of sustainability, teacher self care, diversity in the curriculum, sex and relationships education and our new understanding of learning environments.

Learning features throughout have been designed to help students develop their understanding, broaden their perspectives, think more critically and apply theory to practice. These include:

Case Studies to apply learning to real-life school contexts.

Key Readings to encourage wider reading, broaden perspectives and offer practical ideas for the classroom.

Key Theory features introduce and summarise big ideas, theories and research.  

Critical Questions direct reflection, help students engage with what their reading and encourage critical responses.  

Classroom Links highlight good practice, provide practical ideas and show how to implement these in the classroom.

Assignment features offer helpful points to consider and practical advice for writing assignments on chapter topics, which act as great starting points.  


Part 1 Understanding primary teaching
Catherine Carden and Virginia Bower
1. What is teaching?
Janet Oosthuysen
2. What are the realities of being a teacher in the UK today?
Ioanna Palaiologou and Zenna Kingdon
3. What matters in early childhood?
Sean MacBlain
4. How do children learn?
Mark Boylan
5. How can I bring evidence-based practice into my classroom?
Paul Killen and Avril Rowley
6. Does curriculum really matter?
Part 2 Essential principles of teaching
Glenn Stone
7. Why is teacher professionalism important?
Deborah Wilkinson and Lorna Earle
8. What matters in planning?
Mark Sackville-Ford
9. Does behaviour need 'managing'?
Kate Allott and David Waugh
10. Talk and communication: couldn’t they just sit down and shut up?
Mary Briggs
11. What is assessment?
Jonathan Glazzard
12. What can teachers do to raise outcomes for children with special educational needs and disabilities?
Part 3 Developing skills for teaching
Cara Broadhurst
13. How can I work to ensure a positive primary school placement?
Jon Audain
14. Learning environments
Jonathan Doherty
15. How can questions, pace and delivery promote deep learning and thinking?
Noel Purdy, Jill Dunn and Diane McClelland
16. How can we build positive relationships with children and parents?
Elaine Skates
17. How can opportunities beyond the classroom maximise learning outcomes?
Deborah Langston
18. How do we ensure that our classrooms are truly inclusive?
Darren McKay
19. Is data the whole story? The data-led accountability of teachers
Part 4 Teaching now
Adrian Bethune and Catherine Carden
20. Teacher Wellbeing: Are doughnuts in the staffroom enough?
Aleishia Lewis
21. How can teachers diversify the curriculum to ensure it reflects all of our children?
Kelly Carabott and Amber McLeod
22. Why bother with digital technology?
Louise Johns-Shepherd
23. What is the true power of reading?
Alan Cross
24. What is the potential of a primary STEM curriculum?
Susan Ogier
25. A broad and balanced curriculum?
Sarah Adams, Michelle O’Reilly and Khalid Karim
26. Why do teachers need to know about child mental health?
Nicola Kemp and Stephen Scoffham
27. What is sustainability, why is it important and what does it mean for my teaching?
Bonnie Kerr and Kat Vallely
28. Relationship and Sex Education: How does getting to know ourselves, our children and their families create a recipe for an inclusive RSE learning environment?
Part 5 Building a career
Lucy Barker
29. What next? Beginning teaching and moving forward
Mary McAteer and Conor McAteer
30. Continuing professional development: what does it really mean, and how can teachers best engage with it?
Cat Scutt
31. Is engaging with and in research a worthwhile investment for teachers?

I am pleased that this book has been updated, particularly in adding a vital section of mental health and wellbeing. Iy would be good to include more on time and task management.

Mr David Gumbrell
Education, Kingston University
July 8, 2022

Excellent resource for Early Years and Primary teachers into the 1st 2 years of qualification

Faculty Of Education (Ormskirk), Edge Hill University
August 5, 2022

Very informative and helpful for students studying in this sector.

Mr Peter Craig Bergelin
Accounting, Coleg Y Cymoedd (Ystrad Mynach)
October 19, 2022

Great to have an updated copy of this useful text that covers a range of issues.

Mr Gary Pykitt
School of Education, Birmingham City University
August 30, 2023

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