Engaging with the Wider Curriculum: Understanding the World

Module summary

Module code: TEAC1156
Level: 5
Credits: 20
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Education
Module Coordinator(s): Alison Hales



• To build upon the subject areas and themes introduced in Engaging in the Wider Curriculum: Communicating and Expressing Ideas.
• To introduce students to an additional range of curriculum subjects which complement the core curriculum and help to form a broad and balanced curriculum. The emphasis will be on subjects which develop knowledge and understanding of the world and on the accompanying skills such as enquiry.
• To focus on specific subjects aiming to develop students’ understanding of the nature of the subjects and also their subject knowledge, confidence and enthusiasm.
• To introduce students to the relevant statutory documents and non-statutory advice and guidance.
• To encourage students to develop their skills in planning, teaching and assessing children’s learning in these subjects by encouraging links between course content and school based experience

Learning outcomes

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

1 Know how to continue to develop subject and curriculum knowledge across the age
phases (TS3, 4, 5)
2 To be aware of appropriate and engaging pedagogical approaches which build upon children’s
learning and development and have active learning at their heart. (TS2, 3, 4)
3 Know how to apply the principles of differentiation. (TS1, 2, 5, 6)
4 Be aware of how the needs and strengths of children might influence their planning and teaching.
(TS5, 6)
5 To develop student’s ability to plan, implement and evaluate an appropriate, engaging, creative curriculum using statutory and non-statutory guidance, considering transition, inclusion and progression. (TS1, 2, 3, 7, 4)
6 Have a developing awareness of the learning possibilities associated with learning outside the classroom and the benefits of making connections across the wider curriculum. (TS 1, 2, 3, 4, 8)

Indicative content

The course will comprise separate sessions for a number of different subject areas and the pedagogical approaches which engage, inspire and motivate children. There will also be a lecture which will focus on underpinning philosophy and aspects the subjects have in common, the links between curriculum subjects and the role of these subjects within the curriculum.