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Topic work in the early years : organising the curriculum for 4- to 8-year-olds

Author: Joy Palmer; Deirdre Pettitt
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joy Palmer; Deirdre Pettitt
ISBN: 041508041X 9780415080415
OCLC Number: 27265680
Description: 172 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Topic work in the early years: Introduction --
2. Planning, organisation and assessment of the curriculum --
3. History and topic work --
4. Science and topic work --
5. Mathematics and topic work --
6. Geography and topic work --
7. Cross-curricular issues and topic work --
8. English and topic work.
Responsibility: Joy Palmer and Deirdre Pettitt.
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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.

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