"The teaching staff are an incredibly experienced and talented group of professionals. They have a keen interest in making us the best teachers that we can be. Staff are easy to contact and supportive when they need to be. I feel fully prepared for my career as a teacher through my input on the course."
Childhood (20 credits)
You will learn about the nature of childhood. The module will explore the theories of child development and learning for children aged 0-12 years. You will explore the significance of language, culture, play and the building of positive relationships. Through doing this, we aim to develop your understanding of the nature of childhood, its diversity and complexity.
Inclusion (20 credits)
This module will develop your understanding of various aspects of diversity and inclusion. Themes explored will include special educational needs, mental health and well-being, gender, socio-economic factors, children with English as an additional language and ethnicity.
Rethinking Teaching, Learning and Assessment (20 credits)
You will examine theories about how children learn mathematics, and what this means for practice in the classroom. General issues related to primary education will also be considered. You will explore a range of exciting teaching strategies in order to consider the teacher you wish to be. Through evaluating key concepts linked to teaching, learning and assessment, you will be able to devise learning opportunities that will challenge and stimulate children.
Exploring Curricula and Pedagogy (40 credits)
You will begin to appreciate the rich interconnectedness of curricular subjects. The module will equip you with an understanding of building curricula. This will be linked to how curricula are delivered and experienced across the primary age phases.
Drawing on shared practical experiences, you will relate each experience to subject areas. You will consider how children’s learning can be expressed in terms of subjects as well as holistically.
Professional Placement (20 credits)
You will undertake a professional placement in a school. Your school will have a focus on developing mathematics. This will allow you to develop an emerging knowledge, understanding and the practical skills of teaching and learning.
You will be introduced to key elements of teaching and learning across the curriculum. The module aims to develop your understanding of professionalism in line with current professional standards. You will gain an understanding of how important critical reflection is for your development as a teacher.
In order to proceed successfully into year two of the degree, you need to have passed all of the first year modules (this includes the placement module).
Schools of the Past, Present and Future (20 credits)
The aim of the module is to focus on the history and politics of mathematics education and the place of international comparisons. Through this process, you will be equipped to make links between historical and contemporary developments in mathematics education. Reflecting upon your beliefs and values will help to develop your future professional career in school.
Social Justice and Education (20 credits)
This module will help you to make links between society and education in the primary school context. You will become aware of how social justice factors, such as race, poverty and gender, impact on your pupils and their educational outcomes. There will be an exploration of government and educational policies and their potential impact on society. Understanding of these factors will enable you to become an inclusive teacher.
Alternative Learning Experience (20 credits)
This module offers you opportunities to experience local, national or international educational settings. Looking at theory and practice, you will explore education and learning in the wider context. The module will include a placement in a non-mainstream primary setting. Examples of previous placements include museums, hospital schools, prisons, Montessori, forest schools and refugee centres. Some students have chosen to experience education in other countries such as Spain, Ghana and Thailand. This module will broaden your understanding of the wider educational landscape.
Subjects within the Curriculum (40 credits)
Following on from Year 1, you will develop deeper knowledge and understanding of the curricula, and teaching and learning. You will further your understanding in English and Mathematics. Science and two further curriculum subjects will also be studied. Through understanding the principles of planning, you will begin to see links between subjects.
Professional Placement (20 credits)
You will undertake a professional placement in a school or Early Years Setting, relating to your chosen age phase. This will allow you to develop an emerging knowledge, understanding and the practical skills of teaching and learning. You will further your understanding of key elements of teaching and learning across the curriculum. The module aims to develop your practice in line with the Teachers' Standards. You will reflect critically on children's learning and your development as a teacher.
This module will allow you to deepen your understanding of primary mathematics. For example, you may observe and meet with the school mathematics leader. You will receive an additional visit from a mathematics tutor whilst you are in school.
Researching Professionalism and Leadership (40 credits)
The module aims to explore contemporary professional issues and identities of the teacher. It aims to do this through an in-depth understanding of, and practical engagement with, research. You will explore professional perspectives on teaching and learning and how leadership within the classroom and wider school environment impacts upon this.
You will look at:
- key aspects of effective leadership
- how to effect change
- engagement in innovation and calculated risk to transform learning
- the leadership and motivation of those around you.
These issues will be examined by research informed practice, looking at different research methods appropriate to education, and an understanding of ethical considerations. This module will specifically focus on your identity as a future mathematics subject leader.
Beyond Curriculum and Policy (20 credits)
You will develop your understanding of the current context of teaching English and mathematics across the primary age phases. Current research, policy and statutory and non-statutory requirements will be explored. With this deep subject knowledge and understanding, you will be able to discuss beliefs and principles which shape you as a teacher.
Curriculum Innovation (40 credits)
In this module, you will further your knowledge of a wide range of subjects across and beyond the curriculum in all relevant age phases. This will give you the confidence to try out new ideas, innovate and take risks in your teaching and curriculum development.
Professional Placement (20 credits)
In your final placement, you will build upon your previous experiences to show how you meet the current professional standards for teaching and develop an awareness of the complexity of education. Through your time in school, you will take increasing responsibility for children's learning. Your placement will be supported by school-based mentors and University tutors.
You will plan innovative learning opportunities, promote behaviour for learning and ensure every child's needs are met. Through this experience, you will develop an understanding of the responsibilities of the qualified teacher.
You will widen your experience of teaching and observing mathematics. Working with the subject lead, you will consider the role of the mathematics specialist. You will receive an additional visit from a mathematics tutor whilst you are in school.