unlocking research series

Inspiring Primary Curriculum Design

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 practicing 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.

editors 

James Biddulph & Julia Flutter 


RELEASED

July 2020



Chapter Resources

Professional Development resources to accompany chapters in the book.

The Cambridge Primary Review

Professor Robin Alexander

Children, their world, their education. Final report and recommendations of the Cambridge Primary Review.

Using Metaphors

Dr James Biddulph and Julia Flutter

Chapter 2: Considering the Possibilities


The Importance of Questioning

Dr James Biddulph and Julia Flutter

Chapter 2: Considering the Possibilities


Community and Curriculum

Dr James Biddulph and Julia Flutter

Chapter 2: Considering the Possibilities




Nurturing Compassionate Citizens

Penny Coltman and Luke Rolls

Chapter 3: Nurturing Compassionate Citizens of The Future: Weaving Together Pedagogy and Curriculum



A Curriculum Model

Dr Graham Schweig and Nitesh Gor

Chapter 8: Education as the Embracing of a Loving Universe: designing an inclusive curriculum.



Developing Music Curricula

Phil Kirkman, Michelle Long and Luke Robbins-Ross.

Chapter 9: No Mountain High Enough: Using Music to Raise Academic Achievement.



Cambridge Oracy Framework

Professor Neil Mercer

Chapter 11: Oracy and the primary curriculum: what does research tell us?

An oracy skills framework developed by Neil Mercer and colleagues to guide the teaching and assessment of learning to  talk and through talk.

Universal Human Rights

Professor Stephen Toope

Afterword: The United Nations declaration of fundamental and universal human rights.




Max Richter: All Human Beings

Professor Stephen Toope

Afterword: The United Nations declaration of fundamental and universal human rights.





Continuous Provision

Rachel Sutton, Lucy Downham and Harriet Rhodes

Chapter 5: “Why do I have to sit down?”: Designing an Age-Appropriate Curriculum for Children in Year One


Editors

James Biddulph

Headteacher, University of Cambridge Primary School

Dr James Biddulph is the headteacher of the first and only University Training School for Primary Education in the UK. His research interests include developing curricula that inspire understanding about diversities and creativities in education.

Julia Flutter

Research Associate, University of Cambridge

Julia Flutter works as a Research Associate at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on collaborative approaches to improving classroom teaching.