Category: Subject Learning

Music can help children to learn about history and identity

In its online mental health A–Z the Children’s Society says that having an identity “can give you a sense of belonging, which is important to your wellbeing and confidence.” The theme of this year’s Black History Month is ‘Proud to be’, encouraging people, especially… Continue Reading “Music can help children to learn about history and identity”

Ofsted subject review confirms the importance of music education

A newly published Ofsted research review into music education contains some stirring phrases about the value and importance of music, not least in its opening sentence: “Music touches the very heart of our humanity and a sense of the wonder of music has touched… Continue Reading “Ofsted subject review confirms the importance of music education”

Music education is far too valuable to be allowed to disappear

There is nothing quite like music. The ancient philosopher Confucius supposedly said that ‘music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without’, Jane Austen that ‘without music, life would be a blank to me’. Music is somehow able to express beauty… Continue Reading “Music education is far too valuable to be allowed to disappear”

History is a great way to develop children’s sense of community

As the reaction to the government’s announcement last month that it was planning to legislate to protect public statues from removal “on a whim or at the behest of a baying mob” shows, history is capable of stirring the emotions like no other academic… Continue Reading “History is a great way to develop children’s sense of community”

The primary school national curriculum needs an urgent reboot

National curriculum reform: The gap between the current state of scientific knowledge and what is delivered to children in the national curriculum is growing ever wider.  Take, for example, children learning about and learning how to look after their body (1), their emotions (2)… Continue Reading “The primary school national curriculum needs an urgent reboot”

Let’s go for change as we move into the 21st year in the 21st century

A change in the focus by the UK government in the education of primary school children — aged 5 to 11 years — is long over due to meet the urgent challenges of the 21st century. It is clear our children need to learn… Continue Reading “Let’s go for change as we move into the 21st year in the 21st century”

History in schools can heal divisions and create a more tolerant society

The use of the ‘community’ concept to frame learning in history, social geography and citizenship deepens children’s understanding of — and strengthens their commitment to — society.

Why should KS1&2 music be taught with a communication focus?

The UK government’s National Curriculum subject of music for 5- to 11-year-old children is in desperate need of a boost as an educationally overlooked, but highly social, vehicle of communication between people.    Music is a ubiquitous communication tool permeating society 24/7 through radio,… Continue Reading “Why should KS1&2 music be taught with a communication focus?”

Why should KS1&2 geography be taught with a community focus?

I am passionate about the need for young children’s subject learning to be taught through life themes. I welcome your comments and suggestions about how we might develop our message about learning through life themes. An example of teaching subjects through life themes is… Continue Reading “Why should KS1&2 geography be taught with a community focus?”