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Talking effectively about controversial issues with young children is a challenge facing every primary school teacher. Tackling Controversial Issues in the Primary School provides teachers with support and guidance as you engage with the more tricky questions and topics you and your pupils encounter.
Illuminated with case studies and examples of how teachers and children have confronted issues together, this book helps you understand your own perspectives and provides fresh approaches for the primary classroom.
It considers how best to work with parents and carers, whole-school policies for tackling issues, and ideas for circle time, setting up international links, school councils and buddying systems. The range of challenging topics covered includes:
family values racism in mono and multi-cultural settings democracy and citizenship the environment and sustainability consumerism, finances and media advertising gender, health and identity grief and loss.
For all student and practising primary teachers, Tackling Controversial Issues in the Primary School provides much needed support as you help your learners face complicated ideas, find their voice and get involved in the issues that they feel make a difference.
On her return from Africa, Monique Bongarts expects to be met at Schiphol by her English partner Peter, a historian at the University of Amsterdam. But he is not there and, on returning to their house in an Amsterdam suburb, she finds him in the shower naked and unconscious. He is rushed to hospital, but dies without regaining consciousness. Police issue a verdict of accidental death, but Monique is not satisfied and begins a search for the truth that leads her into the strange world of zinlos geweld (senseless violence) amongst urban youth, the amoral arena of late night TV sex shows made by her gay brother, and the double life of her partner’s boss Professor Piersma.
The truth is eventually revealed, but only after Monique has uncovered bizarre facts about her brother, her partner, her partner’s boss, the local youth leader and the strange bonds that link them. It is information she might have preferred not to know, as in the end it brings out her own hedonistic side – just like everyone else in Holland’s increasingly selfish society, she too succumbs to the desire to do something crazy ‘just for fun’.
“A kaleidoscopic and intelligent low-key thriller, with an insider’s eye for Amsterdam, that poses as many questions as it answers about Western society. Sharp and entertaining.”
LUC VAN de HOOP
“Great characters in a great setting with some very strange twists and turns. An original story and a good read from start to finish.”
This book provides a solid, research-informed background to these issues and considers the historical context of relationships and sex education. It explores how to help children deal with a wide range of relationship issues and suggests ways of helping children to begin to explore the social, emotional and physical changes that occur as they grow and mature.
Case studies, research summaries, ideas for developing practice and signposts to key websites and resources make this a really engaging and user-friendly text.
Essential reading for those new to teaching relationships and sex education in the primary sector.
A search for political and personal truth across three generations, a story of idealism, love, cruelty and revenge set in England and Germany...
After a chance meeting in East Berlin filmmaker, Jon Cruft, finds more than he bargained for when he starts searching for the truth about his family’s past amidst the political and personal conundrums of the Cold War and beyond. From seventies idealism, via eighties pragmatism to turn of the century terrorism, Jon chases truth in life, love, friendship and art only to discover the destructive circularity of human existence.
The story follows Jon’s encounters and discoveries in the divided Berlin of 1973 and 1987 and the re-united Berlin of 2003, as well as the incompatible and combustible love affairs of his mother as told in a Mills and Boon style manuscript, uncovered by Jon in an a touching case of Cold War cooperation. It is a novel about unsettling physical and psychological experiences that bring Jon, his mother, and the people they meet, pleasure, pain, insight and despair. A book about overturned assumptions, friendship found and enemies revealed.
“A broad canvas covering seventy years of recent history that the author manages to fill with conviction and a strong feel for human emotion and the relentless sweep of history.”
“A heady mix of styles and stories that takes the reader from Communist East Berlin to Nazi Dresden via the claustrophobic and cruel corridors of a 1930’s English Public School. Well-written, very readable and highly recommended.”