Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EDUM033: Primary Curriculum Studies

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

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Basic reading:

English texts

Bearne, E. and Wolstencroft, H. (2007), Visual Approaches to Teaching Writing: Multimodal Literacy 5-11. London: Sage.

Fisher, R., Jones, S., Larkin, S., Myhill, D. (2010) Using Talk to Support Writing. London: Sage.

Johnston, R. and Watson, J. (2007), Teaching Synthetic Phonics. Exeter: Learning Matters.

Medwell, J., Moore, G., Wray, D. and Griffiths, V. (2012), Primary English Knowledge and Understanding(Achieving QTS Series)6th Edition.  Exeter: Learning Matters.

Medwell, J., Wray, D., Minns, H. , Griffiths, V., Coates, E., (2012) Primary English: Teaching Theory and Practice (Achieving QTS Series) 6th Edition. Exeter: Learning Matters.

Riley, J. (2006), Language & Literacy 3-7: Creative Approaches to Teaching. London: Sage


Science texts

Hollins, M. & Whitby, V. (2001) Progression in Primary Science (Second Edition). London: David Fulton Publishers

Harlen, W. & Qualter, A. (2004) The Teaching of Science in Primary Schools (Fifthourth Edition). London: David Fulton Publishers.

Dunne, M. & Peacock, A. (Eds.2012) Primary Science: A Guide to Teaching Practice. London: Sage Publications Ltd.

Sharp, J. et al. (ed. 2004) Developing Primary Science. Exeter: Learning Matters Ltd.
Sharp, J. & Bryne (2007)Primary Science Audit and Test , Exeter: Learning Matters Ltd


Mathematics texts

Haylock, D. (2010) Mathematics Explained for Primary Teachers, 4th Edition. London: Sage Publications

Thompson, I. (ed) (2010) Issues in teaching numeracy in primary schools. Maidenhead: Open University Press

Haylock, D. & Cockburn, A.D. (2009)Understanding Mathematics for Young Children

A Guide for Foundation Stage and Lower Primary Teachers, Third Edition. London: Sage

Tucker, K. (2010) Mathematics Through Play in the Early Years, Second Edition. London: Sage

Hansen, A. (ed) (2011) Children’s Errors in Mathematics (2nd edition) Understanding Common Misconceptions in Primary School. Exeter: Learning Matters.


Humanities texts

Ashley, M. (ed) (1999) Improving Teaching and Learning in the Humanities. London: Fulton
Brown, A. and Seaman, A (2001) Feeding Minds and Touching Hearts: Spiritual Development in the Primary School. The National Society
Catling, S. & Willy, T. (2009) Teaching Primary geography. Exeter: Learning Matters
Cooper, H. (2007) History 3-11: a guide for teachers. London: David Fulton  

Art texts:

Blake, Q. & Cassidy, J. (1999) Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered.  Palo Alto: CA: Klutz.

Cox, S. & Watts, R. (eds.) (2007) Teaching Art and Design 3-11.  London: Continuum.

Key, P. & Stillman, J. (2009) Teaching Primary Art and Design.  Exeter: Learning Matters.

Watt, F. (2009) The Usborne Complete Book of Art Ideas.  London: Usborne.


Music texts
Hennessy S. (1995) Music 7-11: Developing Primary Teaching Skills. London: Routledge
Young. S. & Glover. J. (1998) Music in the Early Years. London: Falmer Press

MFL texts
Martin, C. (2008) Primary Languages: Effective Learning and Teaching. Exeter: Learning Matters Ltd.
Jones, J. and Coffey, S. (2006) Modern Foreign Languages 5-11: a guide for teachers. Exeter: David Fulton
Sharpe, K. (2001) Modern Foreign Languages in the primary school. London: Kogan Page


PE texts
Pickup. I. & Price, L.  (2007) Teaching Physical Education in the PrimarySchool: a Developmental Approach. London: Continuum
Gerald Griggs ( 2012) An Introduction to Primary Physical Education. London: Routledge


Web based and electronic resources: see PGCE Primary Core Curriculum Studies page on ELE (