"An alien spaceship crash landed in my playground today"
For one primary school in England, this was not an ordinary day. It was a fabulous day of inspiration, writing, drawing, discovering and learning for the pupils, the staff and the parents. But the best thing of all? The only truly out of the ordinary thing was the alien spaceship.
So how do you make creativity a more everyday part of primary teaching? Teachers and trainees agree that creativity is a fabulous thing. But to get creative approaches into everyday teaching, you need to tackle the question - what is creativity?
This book explores this question in an accessible and practical way. It helps trainees to do more than `know it when they see it', by helping them to understand the separate and very diverse elements of creativity. The third edition of this popular text retains key material, but it has been updated and revised to include two new chapters on the creative curriculum, along with links throughout to the Standards and the new National Curriculum.
This book will help you enhance your teaching so you and the children in your class can be:
fellow explorers, adventurous discoverers and spontaneous investigators!
Anthony Wilson works as a Teaching Fellow in Primary English at the University of Exeter. A published poet, his books include "How Far From Here Is Home?" (Stride, 1996), "The Difference" (Aldeburgh Poetry Trust, 1999) and "Nowhere Better Than This" (Worple Press, 2002). He has held writing residencies for Apples and Snakes Poets, The Aldeburgh Poetry Trust and The Poetry Society, for whom he co-edited The Poetry Book for Primary Schools (Poetry Society, 1998), "an inspirational compilation" according to the Times Educational Supplement. In addition, he has lectured on Tate Britain's Speaking Pictures and Visual Paths programmes, organises training for teachers with the Poetry Society, and is a trainer for the Poetry Society's poetry class team.
Part One: Setting the scene 1. Changes in the landscape for creativity in education 2. The art of the possible: creative principled leadership 3. Creative teachers and creative teaching 4. Play and playfulness in the Early Years Foundation Stage 5. Creativity and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development 6. The importance of informal learning to children's creative education Part Two: Creativity in the core curriculum 7. Creativity and literacy 8. Creative mathematics 9. What is creativity in science education? Part Three: Creativity in the foundation curriculum 10. Thinking about creativity: developing ideas and making things happen 11. Creativity and primary art and design education 12. What has creativity got to do with citizenship education? 13. Creativity in primary design and technology 14. Creative primary geography 15. Creativity in primary history 16. Creativity in the music curriculum 17. Children, creativity and physical education Index