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Topic Work in the Early Years : Organising the Curriculum for Four to Eight Year Olds - Joy Palmer

Topic Work in the Early Years

Organising the Curriculum for Four to Eight Year Olds

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Published: 2nd September 1993
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For more than twenty years, topic work has been accepted as the "natural" way to teach young children in their first years of school. The introduction of a subject-based curriculum in England and Wales has led to intense questioning of that assured position. Teachers and others are wondering whether the topic approach can fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum and whether in any case it is necessarily the best way of teaching young children. The authors of Topic Work in the Early Years argue that the answer is "yes" in both cases although neither this nor any other strategy should be used exclusively in the classroom. With the help of detailed case studies, they give guidance on the planning and assessment of topic work within and across subjects and show how topics can be planned to fulfil specific curricular requirements while retaining the particular virtues of the topic approach: flexibility in the use of time and resources, the chance for coverage of certain areas in greater depth, and differentiation of tasks among children at various stages of their development. Individual chapters cover planning and assessment of topic work across the curriculum, cross-curricular issues and topic work in the core subjects of the National Curriculum as well as history and geography. Overall this book provides a comprehensive source of reference for any teacher organising learning in the early years.

Introduction: Topic Work in the Early Years
Planning Organisation and Assessment of the Curriculum
History and Topic Work
Science and Topic Work
Mathematics and Topic Work
Geography and Topic Work
Cross-Curricular Issues and Topic Work
English and Topic Work Afterword
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ISBN: 9780415080415
ISBN-10: 041508041X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 182
Published: 2nd September 1993
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1