The Arts in the Primary School
Routledge – 2012 – 228 pages
Firmly based on the authors’ personal experience, this book tackles a wide range of issues relating to the teaching of the arts in the primary school. The authors illustrate how primary children of all ages can be educated to both know about and to practice all the major art forms, and how a school staff can effectively accommodate and practice them all, even within the constraints of the National Curriculum. This book is unique in primary school education terms, as its primary focus is specific and it embraces every major art form – dance, drama, literature, music, visual arts and film.
Introduction Part One: Theory 1. The Arts in the Primary School: Addressing the Aesthetic 2. The Major Art Forms: Their Recent Histories within Education 3. Towards a Psychological Basis for Arts Education – 4. Educating for the Arts: Implications for Training Part 2: Practice 5. The Arts and the School Environment: Establishing an Ethos 6. The Arts and the Creative Use of Language: Stimulus, Strategies and Realization 7. The Arts of Science and the Science of Arts: Learning in and through the Arts 8. All of the Arts Some of the Time: Communal Celebration and Cultural Festival. Postscript: The Aesthetic Library and the National Curriculum. Index.