Inspiring Primary Learners

Module summary

Module code: TEAC1172
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Education
Module Coordinator(s): Duncan Lloyd

Specification

Aims

• To enable students to become informed and reflective teachers across the curriculum.
• To develop their understanding and application of effective approaches to teaching and learning, which build on the children’s interests and strengths, in order to promote a love of learning and intellectual curiosity.
• To enable students to further explore and investigate the ways in which digital technology and approaches to teaching across the curriculum can enrich effective teaching and learning.

The course will be informed by statutory and non-statutory documentation.

Introduction and rationale

The course is based on an understanding that children will not only need to be creative and critical thinkers, who find solutions to diverse and challenging problems in a rapidly changing world, but have the right to question, shape and lead what goes on around them. The ability to inspire, motivate and challenge pupils is a critical component in ‘promoting a love of learning and children’s intellectual curiosity' (TS4).

Innovative teachers model the very characteristics they seek to develop in the young learner; risk taking, tolerating uncertainty and tenacity are just some of those characteristics.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:


1 identify the characteristics of effective learning (TS2, TS3)
2 critically analyse and apply effective approaches to teaching and learning which inspire, motivate and challenge all children (TS1, TS2)
3 continue to deepen their subject knowledge and understanding of children’s learning. underpinned by relevant research and scholarship (TS3)

4 understand and use the wider curriculum to enrich teaching and learning, identifying and making use of effective links and connections (TS3)

5 develop confidence and understanding in using new technologies and resources which supports motivation, inspiration and challenge. (TS3, TS4)

6 set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge (TS1)

Indicative content

This course introduces students to the characteristics of effective teaching and learning. It will enable them to become reflective teachers who use approaches which inspire, motivate and challenge young learners in the core subjects and the wider curriculum. Where appropriate, links are made between subject areas, knowledge and understanding in teaching and learning across the curriculum. Learning outside the classroom, people and places are used as a vehicle for promoting an enriched and engaging curriculum.

Throughout the course we incorporate personalised provision and inclusion. Directed, recommended and suggested readings support the students’ understanding and scrutiny of the course themes. A forum will also be available for students studying at level 6 to share ideas with each other and a tutor.

Teaching and learning activity

Lectures, workshops, independent study and an ‘Inspirational Interlude’ (a 2 week period of Foundation Subject teaching with a cross curricular approach) will set the scene, providing theoretical frameworks for the considerations of key themes. Workshops provide the opportunity for a close exploration of particular issues in relation to different age-phases and subject areas. This will be done through use of audio-visual materials, practical activities, small group and whole-class collaboration and discussion in which experiences and understanding can be shared and interrogated. Directed and recommended readings support the students’ understanding and scrutiny of course themes.

Assessment

Group Presentation - Pass / Fail.
Learning outcomes 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6.
Outline Details - 1: A small group presentation of learning across the curriculum outlining how two or more curriculum areas can be effectively linked to demonstrate effective practice in teaching and learning. 1500 words.

Critical Analysis - 100% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 & 4.
Outline Details - 2500 word critical analysis of effective practice.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Formative feedback from tutors and peers on presentation. Class and group discussions.