The Adventurous School: Vision, Community and Curriculum for Primary Education in the Twenty-first Century

The Adventurous School: Vision, Community and Curriculum for Primary Education in the Twenty-first Century


By (author) Jane Reed, By (author) Kathy Maskall, By (author) David Allinson, By (author) Rosemary Bailey, By (author) Fernanda Bates, By (author) Siân Davies, By (author) Catherine Gallimore


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  • Publisher: Institute of Education
  • Format: Paperback | 220 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 230mm x 16mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 30 July 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0854739165
  • ISBN 13: 9780854739165
  • Sales rank: 1,209,516

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"The Adventurous School" is a topical study of innovative and original practice in three primary schools, illustrating how each has been successful. After an introduction and a background chapter, colleagues describe the vision for their school, how it has come about and how they are putting it into practice in adventurous and exciting ways. Second, they describe their local context, who they serve and how they have revisited their purpose as a result of getting to understand more about their local area and setting. Third, they give a picture of how they conceptualize, plan and implement their curriculum and design adventurous learning. Their primary focus is to create real learning for life life as it is now and also life in the future and a broader view of the learning experiences and skills children need to be citizens in the world as it will be in their adult lifetime."The Adventurous School" looks at the ways in which these schools have taken the power to make decisions about their school improvement priorities in ways that give their pupils a central and active rather than tokenistic role. It is about learning and leadership for everyone including the pupils. An Adventurous School is one that is creative and ingenious, develops a confident spirit and a hardy disposition, has a map and planned routes but is not rigid about the journey, is evolutionary, travels with others, takes risks, is questing, questioning and enquiring and is there for something more than itself."

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This is a book that should be read by anyone who is genuinely interested in children and their education."

Table of contents

Foreword by Mick Waters Introduction Chapter 1: The call to adventure: Context, Change and Challenge for the 21st Century Primary School Part 1: Vision Chapter 2: Let them fly (Limeside Primary School) Chapter 3: Creating a community where everyone can thrive (Malorees Infants School) Chapter 4: People make your place (St Vigor and St John: Our Vision) Part 2: Community Chapter 5: Flying together (Limeside Primary School) Chapter 6: Varied invitations for a diverse community (Malorees Infants School) Chapter 7: Understanding and growing our place (St Vigor and St John) Part 3: Curriculum Chapter 8: A design for broad, deep, active participation in learning for life (Limeside Primary School) Chapter 9: Learning to inspire and inspiring to learn (Malorees Infants School) Chapter 10: Building a sustainable community of adventurous lead learners (St Vigor and St John) Part 4 Chapter 11: Leading the adventurous school: Leadership as if the future really matters Chapter 12: Conclusion