Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EMAM009: Semi Specialist Maths (Primary)

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The module introduces students to current thinking in the teaching of mathematics and develops students’ pedagogic and academic subject knowledge in the wider field of mathematics education.  

Whilst the precise contents and order may vary from year to year, key elements of the module might include:

Mathematics workshop programme covering:

  • education theories related to good mathematics learning and teaching; emphasis on problem solving and mathematical reasoning;
  • exploration of common  misconceptions;
  • creating a problem solving booklet and resources; critiquing resources and commercial schemes;
  • mathematical thinking and the role of talk in developing children’s mathematics;
  • collaborative learning and interactive classrooms;
  • using ICT to develop mathematical thinking and spatial awareness;
  • multi-cultural approaches to calculation and strategy games;
  • cross curricular approaches – links to Art and science;
  • mathematics in outdoor learning environments through Forest School, mathematics trails and visits;
  • knowledge of the Early Years and KS3 curriculum

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 activities33Practical classes and workshops: Mathematics Pedagogy & theory workshops; Peer Teaching and Subject Support Groups
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities8Seminar Days
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities9Pathway activities
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities1Tutorials with academic tutor
Guided independent study40Ready set texts
Guided independent study50Wider reading
Guided independent study22Web-based activities
Guided independent study35Seminar/workshop preparation and follow up
Guided independent study12Peer teaching activity preparation
Guided independent study30Learning support group preparation
Guided independent study60Coursework assignment preparation

Online Resources

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

Web based and electronic resources:

Nunes, T. Bryant, P.and Watson, A  (2009) Key Understandings in Mathematics Learning Nuffield Foundation accessible from accessed 03/07/12

See Ian Thompson’s wide range of articles – in particular  ‘Deconstructing the PNS approach to calculation’ parts 1 – 4 available from   accessed 03/07/12

Educational Studies in Mathematics: mathematics education research journal

ZDM mathematics education research journal

Journal of Mathematical Behaviour: Mathematics education research journal