Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EDUM061: Primary Teaching and Learning

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, the syllabus for this module is centred on the Priorities of the Cambridge Primary Review Trust, as follows (not necessarily to be delivered in this precise order):

  • EQUITY. Tackling the continuing challenge of social and educational disadvantage, and find practical ways to help schools to close the overlapping gaps in social equity and educational attainment.

  • VOICE. Advancing children’s voice and rights in school and classroom, in accordance with the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child.

  • COMMUNITY. Promoting community engagement and cohesion through school-community links and a community curriculum that supplements and enriches the national curriculum, and by developing communal values in school and classroom.

  • SUSTAINABILITY. Embedding sustainability and global citizenship in educational policy and practice, linking to the UN agenda for global education after 2015.

  • AIMS. Developing and apply a coherent vision for 21st century primary education; enact CPR aims through curriculum, pedagogy and the wider life of the school.

  • CURRICULUM. Developing a broad, balanced and rich entitlement curriculum which responds to both national and local need, eliminates the damaging division of status and quality between core and non-core, and teaches every subject, domain or aspect to the highest possible standard.

  • PEDAGOGY. Developing a pedagogy of repertoire, rigour, evidence and principle, rather than mere compliance, with a particular emphasis on fostering the high quality classroom talk which children’s development, learning and attainment require.

  • ASSESSMENT. Encouraging approaches to assessment that enhance learning as well as test it, that support rather than distort the curriculum and that pursue standards and quality in all areas of learning, not just the core subjects.

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 activities27Practical classes and workshops, including Peer Teaching and Learning Support Groups
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities8Seminar Days
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities15Activities week
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities1Tutorials with academic tutor
Guided Independent Study20Reading set texts
Guided Independent Study20Wider reading
Guided Independent Study22Web-based activities
Guided Independent Study35Seminar/workshop preparation
Guided Independent Study12Peer-teaching activity preparation
Guided Independent Study20Learning support group preparation
Guided Independent Study20Coursework assignment preparation

Online Resources

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

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