Topic Work in the Early Years: Organising the Curriculum for 4- to 8-Year-Olds

Topic Work in the Early Years: Organising the Curriculum for 4- to 8-Year-Olds

Topic Work in the Early Years: Organising the Curriculum for 4- to 8-Year-Olds

Topic Work in the Early Years: Organising the Curriculum for 4- to 8-Year-Olds

Synopsis

In the face of a subject-based National Curriculum, topic-work is under close scrutiny. Here the authors argue its case by showing how topics can fulfil specific curricular requirements whilst retaining a certain

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We do not expect nor would we want everyone who is involved in educating young children to agree with our ideas. We have tried to argue our case coherently drawing on our experience and making our own interpretation of the available evidence. If some readers reject what we say we have no quarrel with that. However, we shall be disappointed if we have not been able to raise questions about topic work in all our readers’ minds. Uncertainty is a constant feature in teaching at any level as good teachers question their own philosophy, practice and performance. This professional uncertainty must be as well informed as possible. Some would argue that outside the classroom, teachers have not been very good at explaining what they do and why they do it. Perhaps there is an urgent need to get better at this in the face of certainty about education from many sources, which is grossly uninformed.

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