Towards a Standards-Based Curriculum 2014: A Toolkit for the New Primary Curriculum in England (Revised Edition)
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Towards a Standards-Based Curriculum 2014 offers England’s primary schools guidance on implementing the National Curriculum and responding to standards-based reform in Mathematics, Science and English. Two chapters, ‘Assessing Without Levels’ and ‘Assessment Plans’, address school-based assessment in monitoring the impact of teaching on learning and achievement. This revised edition features: Conquering Primary Maths, a programme for Year 1 to Year 6 including medium-term plans Standards-based English unit plans with emphasis on balancing spelling and word structure across a year Key Stage 1 and 2 Writing Assessment Records Standards-based medium-term plans for Science aligned to the QCA Scheme of Work Guided Reading Records The material contained in this book bridges between theory and practice making Towards a Standards-Based Curriculum an essential resource for schools.
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Aug 26, 2013Having been thrown in very much at the deep end when asked to project manage the opening of a new primary school in the still-unrecognised Republic of Somaliland, this book has been the answer to my prayers. Given the school owners' insistence that it we use the best of the English National Curriculum for the Core Subjects, I was panicking a little about our teachers' ability to cope with this. The very simple but thorough guides in TWSBC have taken all of the sting out of planning and, despite being in a third world, post-conflict environment, we may well be implementing the revised 2014 National Curriculum before many school in England thanks to this book.
Aug 20, 2013Having read this, I have gained a good understanding of the new primary curriculum for 2014. It is written in an accessible way and the information and knowledge being communicated is conveyed clearly. There’s a good balance between being an academic book and one that teachers could use to deliver training to colleagues or guide their day-to-day classroom practices. The book is roughly divided into three parts. The first few chapters cover how the National Curriculum for 2014 works followed by a good guide to assessment practices and then example medium-term plans for Science, English and Maths. There is a logical progression embedded in the structure of the book. There are some useful materials on Guided Reading and reading comprehension featured in this book. The book would have benefitted from an outline on the model of reading comprehension that underpins the primary curriculum for 2014 so readers could more readily link theory and practice in this area. This book is written with... More > current teachers and school leaders or management teams in mind. Consequently, it assumes a level of knowledge and understanding about current practices and conventions so a reader with a general interest in education may find it a more challenging read than those who have worked in the field for several years. It would be appropriate for those with limited experience of primary schools and teaching, such as NQTs and those about to enter teacher training courses to gain QTS as I imagine their courses include research and wider reading on the development of the curriculum and assessment in recent years. Overall, would I recommend this to teachers in primary schools? Yes, I would. It fills a gap in the knowledge and understanding of the revised National Curriculum that has been lacking between 2012 and 2013. It provides the perfect orientation to standards-based reform represented by the curriculum for 2014. Personally, I would expect such a publication- that has an academic and professional integrity, to be sold at a much higher price. The book traverses between being a commercial product and a publication with integrity exceptionally well.< Less
Aug 20, 2013This is an excellent book giving a sound orientation to the new National Curriculum for 2014. It is written in a clear, concise and informative way that engages the reader through setting out what they will learn in a chapter and providing key questions for the reader to consider. The chapters on assessing without levels and the use of assessment plans are particularly informative. This book is really more than a toolkit; it provides much of the essential information and resources needed to engage with the programmes of study in the core National Curriculum subjects. The unit plans are clear and the medium-term plans and 'Conquering Primary Maths' programme are reason enough to purchase this book. A useful publication that has come at just the right time. I would recommend this to anyone working in primary schools and those who are currently considering or starting their initial teacher training. Anyone with an interest in the curriculum in England will find this book a goof source of... More > information and guidance.< Less
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- Jazz C Williams (Standard Copyright License)
- August 16, 2013
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.84 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 8.26 wide x 11.69 tall
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