The Development of the Child as a Learner 1: Early Years Focus

Module summary

Module code: ACAD1400
Level: 4
Credits: 20
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Education
Module Coordinator(s): Janet Morris


Pre and co requisites



This course aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the nature of teaching and learning in the classroom and appreciate children as individual learners, with a focus on the appropriate curriculum, pedagogy and classroom practice for early learners. It will aim to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the importance of observation as the basis for planning provision for learning in the early years as well as the need for an appropriate and enabling learning environment, including effective interactions.

Learning outcomes

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

1 Understand the nature and requirements of the Statutory and non-statutory guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), understand how these relate to classroom practice and the transition to the National Curriculum (NC) in KS1. (TS2, 3,)
2 Understand the nature of effective teaching and learning in the early years of the primary school, including the importance of play, talk and the role of the adult.
(TS1, 2, 3, 4)
3 Demonstrate awareness of the importance of the learning environment on children’s learning. (TS1, 2, 7)
4 Begin to understand the nature and importance of observation in assessing children’s learning and development. (TS1, 2, 5, 6)
5 Begin to use their developing subject knowledge across the curriculum to understand provision for children’s learning and development. (TS1, 2, 3, 4)
6 Reflect on the interplay of theory and classroom practice, particularly an effective learning environment in promoting children’s learning and well being in the primary school. (TS1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8)

Indicative content

This course will focus on providing BA Primary students, in their first year of study, with opportunities to develop their understanding of ways in which schools provide an appropriate curriculum for children in their early years of primary school. The course will also draw upon learning opportunities offered by their day school placements (DSPs) with tasks focused on understanding learning and development and effective provision to promote this.

Content will include:
• Children’s early learning and development including the role of play and talk.
• The importance of an effective and enabling learning environment.
• The curriculum from 3- 6 including statutory and non statutory guidance for the EYFS and transition to KS1
• The importance of observation for assessment in the early years and the cyclical nature of observation, assessment and planning.
• Effective teaching and learning in the areas of learning of the EYFS.