Teaching and Learning in the Early Years
Edited by David Whitebread, Penny Coltman
Routledge – 2008 – 426 pages
How can we help children to become independent learners?
The third edition of this invaluable companion for Early Years practitioners provides a broad-ranging and up-to-date review of current thinking and best practice within Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 education.
Based on the basic truth that an effective Early Years curriculum must start with the children, this book focuses on their needs and their potential. The best teaching must have a strong element of fun, wonder and excitement: David Whitebread and Penny Coltman show how play is a crucial part of this.
Each chapter combines a review of important principles with practical and inspiring classroom examples. This third edition has been fully revised and updated in light of the introduction of the Early Years Foundation Stage, and includes completely new chapters concerned with classroom organisation to support independent learning, outdoor learning, speaking and listening and mathematics in the early years.
The authors review all major areas of the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 curriculum and a range of basic issues and principles, including:
The book is essential reading for all Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 trainee teachers, their tutors and mentors, and serving teachers working with children in the three to seven age range wishing to reflect upon and develop their practice.
'Teaching and Learning in the Early Years is a comprehensive text… Each chapter of the book contains useful practical advice for the reader to support the theoretical content.' -Early Years Update
Reviews from previous edition:
'Very readable, well presented and well balanced … It is packed with good ideas for quality early years practices.' - Early Years
'Excellent book in an area where very little exists. A wealth of information in the chapters covering all areas of the curriculum. A must for anyone working in Early Years Education.' - Ms M. Bowen, North East Wales Institute
Chapter 1: Introduction: Young Children Learning and Early Years Teaching: David Whitebread
PART A: Basic Principles and Approaches
Chapter 2: ‘Our classroom is like a little cosy house!’: Organising the early years classroom to encourage independent learning: David Whitebread with Rebecca Dawkins, Sue Bingham, Anthony Aguda and Kate Hemming
Chapter 3: 'My mum would pay anything for chocolate cake!' Organising the Whole Curriculum: Enterprise Projects in the Early Years: Penny Coltman & David Whitebread
Chapter 4: "I’m putting crosses for the letters I don’t know" : Assessment in the Early Years: Rachel Sparks Linfield, Paul Warwick and Christine Parker
Chapter 5: "This is the best day of my life! And I’m not leaving here until it’s time to go home!": The Outdoor Learning Environment: Christine Parker
PART B: Play & Language
Chapter 6: ‘You’re supposed to tell me your name now!’: Speaking and Listening in the Early Years: Dominic Wyse & Helen Bradford
Chapter 7: 'It is only a story, isn't it?' Interactive Story-making in the Early Years Classroom: Lesley Hendy
Chapter 8: 'Is there a seven in your name?' Writing in the Early Years: Sally Wilkinson
Chapter 9: 'What's that dog thinking, Mrs. Bromley?' Picture Books and Learning to Read: Helen Bromley
PART C: The Wider Curriculum
Chapter 10: 'We are passing the smile around' Personal, Social & Health Education in the Early Years: Helen Broomby & Sue Bingham
Chapter 11: 'How do I do this better?' From Movement Development to Physical Literacy: Trish Maude
Chapter 12: 'Can I play the drum, Miss?' Music in the Early Years: Jane Edden
Chapter 13: 'Oh . . . I'm just in LOVE with those pots' Young Children's Art: Jane Bower
Chapter 14: 'How many toes has a newt?' Science in the Early Years: Penny Coltman
Chapter 15: ‘How many shapey ones have you got?’ : Number and Shape in the Early Years: Sue Gifford & Penny Coltman
Chapter 16: 'PLEASE can we have another bit?' Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the Early Years: An Emergent Approach: John Siraj-Blatchford
Chapter 17: 'Mrs Rainbow told us what things were like when she went to school': History in the Early Years: Sallie Purkis & Jayne Greenwood
Chapter 18: 'If the world is round, how come the piece I'm standing on is flat?': Early Years Geography: Dianne Conway, Pam Pointon and Jayne Greenwood
PART D: The Way Forward
Chapter 19: Whatever Next? Future Trends in Early Years Education: Mary Jane Drummond
David Whitebread is Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Early Years Education at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education.
Penny Coltman is Lecturer in Early Mathematics and Science at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education.