Engaging with the Wider Curriculum: Expressing and Communicating Ideas

Module summary

Module code: TEAC1157
Level: 5
Credits: 20
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Education
Module Coordinator(s): Mark Betteney


Pre and co requisites

Students will have passed year 1.


• Introduce students to a range of curriculum subjects which complement the core curriculum and help to form a broad and balanced curriculum. The emphasis will be on those subjects which encourage / facilitate expressive aspects of children’s learning.
• Focus on specific subjects with the aim of being to help develop students’ understanding of the nature of the subjects and also their subject knowledge, confidence and enthusiasm.
• Introduce students to the relevant statutory documents and non-statutory advice and guidance.
• 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, including
developing the characteristics of effective learning. (TS2, 3, 4, 5)
3 Know how to apply the principles of differentiation (TS2, 4, 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, 4, 8)
6 Understanding the common skills, concepts and teaching approaches which link the subjects and the benefits of making connections across the wider curriculum. (TS3)

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 the underpinning philosophy and aspects the subjects have in common, the links between curriculum subjects and the role of these subjects within the curriculum.