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hi, I am a mature student studying for a degree in early childhood studies, i start at warwick campus in 2010 if i make it through my second year! All this is new to me, previously worked as a composite engineer, I left school with a couple of qualifications and never imagined that i would be working towards completing a degree! The formalities out the way i am funloving, i like to go out socialising with friends, i like meetin new people too, I can't describe myself in just one word and i think i would run out of characters if i did try! heinze 57 as me dad would say ;-). so yeah you will read good things, bad things, confusing things, informative things all on this here little blog. I must confess now though i am not the greatest at keeping on top of blogs xx peace out guys v

Monday, 12 October 2009

Make an argument for a primary curriculum model for the 21st century (uk)

Hi all,
just about over my illness now so back in tomora.

ok so the question, Ive not researched this like i should have, but was far too busy trying to get better but i shall have a stab at it an probably come back to it at a later date and revise it but my initial thoughts are as follows :

In my interpretation i have to make an argument FOR a primary curriculum model in the 21st century. Using my knowledge which i have gained over the past year from books and theories that have been published and also proven then i would have to say that most children learn best in the younger years, they are like sponges, they soak in all the information that is provided to them. However there are children with learning difficulties who also need to be catered for, with this in mind the Primary Curriculum model primarily should be accessible, understood and suited to all children. This is an emense task to be delt, but as it is widely know the younger years are THE most important years, foundations are set from which each individual child will build upon throughout their remaining years. With this in mind and also bringing into the equation the basics of primary and secondary socialisation, children nowadays need to gain this skill set before continuing on their learning journey, as in Maslows Heirachy of needs lower levels need to be completed before moving on to the next, and unless the child has their most basic needs met then they will not learn. From reports, surveys and longitudinal studies that have been carried out over the past centuary it can be identifyed that there are growing concerns for the well-being of todays generation of children, increasing numbers of children are not recieving the primary socialisation that would have occured a number of years ago in the home, they are now recieving it at school. This could be due to a number of reasons such as family problems, working mothers, poverty, or a simple lack of inherited knowledge that has been overlooked for passing down, society is changing all the time, at one time it was important to pass down a family recipie for fruit loaf, now it is a necessity to pass down or indeed in some cases pass up information on ICT, with the fast pace the current society is running, there is no time for freshly baked bread or a home cooked pie instead there are micro-wave meals and toastie -pops. These basic skills of life are not being passed down to future generations in the home, therefore they should be covered in the school if our future generations are to survie. Although the current technology is keeping up with the fast paced lives there is always the chance that it could trip and fall, what would our children do then? would they know how to operate an oven instead of a microwave? would they be able to survive in the forest? these are basic skills of life which are no longer being passed down and as a society and a human race we should take the responsibilty to ensure our children are taught these skills to survive. By teaching these in schools we can ensure that children have a basic skill set on which to build. As for acedemics in primary schools this should be basic also, there should be no need for formal teaching of subjects such as mathematics, science, or english as this is part and parcel of learning basic skill sets, learning by doing and acting out should be sufficient for a young child rather than sitting down and being taught. This has been proven to be a good form of educating in countries such as Sweeden, Wales, and New Zealand when a child feels confident in their own abilities the learning process becomes much easier. To overwhelm a child at such a young age with formal subject teaching could i believe be damaging to a child in the long run again as repots have shown children switch off if bombarded with information, this would be an ideal time to postpone the formal subjects as the school leaving age has been increased to 18.

ok guys thats it i will probably read it back n scrap it all!!! lol but not before picking out certain facts, i have left out the formalities such as the acts (children have the right to make their own decisions ect as this would make it far too long) ok nighty night see ya tomora X


  1. I enjoyed reading this, I think you've come to the same idea that I have. That children's individual's needs are really important more important than adults' needs and agenda. Yeah sounds cool.

  2. Naomi, cant say much more than 'I think you've hit the nail on the head'. Without sounding corny - todays children our the / our future, and if we dont invest in them, then what can we expect for future generations?