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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

The case studies contain imaginative lessons that can be utilised in schools.

The featured reflective tasks are particularly useful for first year undergraduate students.

Miss Syreeta Charles-Cole
Education, Carshalton College
March 20, 2015

Ideas about creative teaching and the promotion of creativity within primary settings are synthesised in a very informative way. Useful subject chapters explore what creativity means in specific curriculum subjects.

Mrs Marion Hobbs
Education, Edge Hill University
March 19, 2015

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in taking a holistic, creative and child centred approach to primary teaching and learning.

Mrs Joanne Smith
School of Education, Brighton University
February 26, 2015

Useful for a variety of modules that consider creative approaches to teaching and learning.

Mrs Jan Gourd
Faculty of Education, University of Saint Mark and Saint John
February 17, 2015

This is a valuable book on developing creativity.There are good chapters on embedding creativity across the primary curriculum.

Mrs Gill Fry
Education, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
February 16, 2015

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