Postgraduate Module Descriptor
EDUM033: Primary Curriculum Studies
This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.
The module introduces students to current thinking in the teaching of Primary education and develops students’ pedagogic and academic subject knowledge in the field of Primary education. Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:
University-led sessions on English, Maths, Science, Humanities, Music, PE, Art, ML, Computing.
School-based activity on PE, ML.
The module will address the following key elements:
- English, Mathematics and Science within the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2;
- Humanities, Art, Music, ML and PE. within the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2;
- Effective formative and summative assessment;
- The role of Computing;
- The principles of lesson planning, including recommended structures for Literacy and Mathematics lessons;
- Critical reflection, through the use of lesson evaluations, agenda evaluations, assignments, directed tasks, and peer and tutor discussions.
On the Primary PGCE, you will learn and reflect on the skills and knowledge required by the programme’s credit-bearing and non-credit bearing modules throughout the year. You will need to think about the modules in relation to each other. To facilitate this, the learning and teaching activities and guided independent study described below are scheduled to occur across all three terms both in the context of your university taught course and in the context of your 24 weeks of applied professional experience in schools.
Learning and Teaching
This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||27||27 x 1 hr lectures: English, Mathematics, Science|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||81||27 x 2-3 hr seminars: English, Mathematics, Science|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||56||20 x 2 hr seminars: Humanities, Art, Music, PE, ML, Computing|
|Guided independent study||20||Framework Tasks for PE within School Based placements|
|Guided independent study||20||Framework Tasks for ML within School Based placements|
|Guided independent study||96||Peer support and personal study time.|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).