Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EDUM033: Primary Curriculum Studies

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

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. The module is structured as follows:

Autumn Term

English, Maths and Science: 9 weeks of 1 hour lectures and 2 hour seminars for each of the 3 subject areas

Humanities: 8 weeks of 2 hour seminars

Music, PE, Art: 4 weeks of 2 hour seminars for each of the 3 subject areas

Spring / Summer Term

PE: one week equivalent of 20 hours during School Based Work experience

ML: one week equivalent of 20 hours during School Based Work experience.

The module will address the following key elements:


  • English, Mathematics and Science within the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2 and English, Mathematics and Science for the Early Years Foundation Stage for Early Years specialists;
  • Effective formative and summative assessment, including Assessing Pupil Performance (APP);
  • The role of Information Communication and Technology;
  • 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;
  • Short courses in Humanities, Art, Music and PE.
  • Preparation for school-based work.
  • The National Primary Strategy and its relation to English and Mathematics;
  • The principles of teaching ML in primary schools;

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 ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities2727 x 1 hr lectures: English, Mathematics, Science
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities5427 x 2 hr seminars: English, Mathematics, Science
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities4020 x 2 hr seminars: Humanities, Art, Music, PE
Guided independent study179Framework Tasks for PE (20 hrs) and ML (20 hrs) within School Based placements, as well as peer support and personal study time.

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).