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Creativity in Primary Education

Creativity in Primary Education

Third Edition
Edited by:

December 2014 | 272 pages | Learning Matters

“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!

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

We have an essay based on this topic and this book has proven a popular source for students to support their writing and practice.

Dr Sarah Askey
Education Deanery, Liverpool Hope University
June 29, 2015

We suggest a wide variety of books to our primary UG BAITT students and our PGCE students. this is one of them. It is clearly set out, easy to access and relevant to a number of subject areas.

Mrs Dot Jackson
School of Edu. Theology and Leadership, St Mary's University, Twickenham
June 23, 2015

A supportive text book that enhances the students perspective of creativity. From the start the book explains the concept behind creativity and ways to support this in the setting. my students find it initally difficult to be creative and to let go with their creative side. This text book allows the student to think about how to do this and gives some ideas for them to start with. A lovely book.

Ms lisa oneill
Education , City College Norwich
August 24, 2015

A sound text to explore ideas of creativity across the curriculum. Useful to engage students in thinking 'outside the box' when developing teaching and learning activities to stimulate children's minds

Mrs Vanessa Rawlings
Children, You, University Campus Suffolk
September 2, 2015

At last - a book about 'creativity' which addresses this seriously. Creativity in the context of Mathematics and science is treated properly. It is just a shame that each chapter is not longer, as these two subjects alone are both overdue a deeper exploration.

Mr Ralph Manning
School of Education And Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia
June 18, 2015

Really useful book with provocative questions.

Ms Charlotte Slade
Faculty of Education, Winchester University
June 10, 2015

This is a great book and really helpful to inspire practitioners to be more free flowing with creative pedagogy than didactic. Brings a fresh and progressive perspective into contemporary working in schools

Ms Carol Lloyd
Childhood Studies (Bishop Otter), Chichester University
June 9, 2015

An excellent book, very useful for Creative Arts students as well as general information for our BEd students.
I liked the balance across the chapters; very readable.

Mrs Ani Thomas
EHS, Derby University
June 3, 2015

We have bought additional copies of the new edition for the library as this text is a vital support for trainees academic and professional development. The balance and practical and theoretical allows trainees to see the links more clearly and assignments clearly show that they use the book effectively to reflect on observations. with the support of research and informed opinion.

Dr Sarah Askey
Education Deanery, Liverpool Hope University
May 14, 2015

Not relevant to the specific advanced professional focus that it was considered for.

Mrs Heather Elliott
Faculty of Education and Theology, York St John University
May 13, 2015