Primary Subject Studies
Subject Studies in Primary Education 2023-24
School Of Educational Sciences
Module - Semester 1 & 2
This module focuses on the content and pedagogical subject knowledge of Associate Teachers' within the six Areas of Learning and Experience.
ATs will study the importance of addressing learners’ needs within the Four Purposes of Learning, and how subjects are situated within the Areas of Learning and Experience (AoLEs). ATs will also develop enquiry skills and investigate how learners learn in in the Primary age range, developing as reflective teachers who can improve teaching through researching their own practice.
The module will be delivered through Subject Studies lectures and seminars and AoLE Days in Network Schools.
ATs will study: • a range of current evidence-based approaches to the teaching of of pupils in the 3-11 age range within all Areas of Learning and Experience (AoLEs), enabling ATs to teach effective lessons in context. All approaches will be analysed within the contexts of established learning theories.
• theories and principles of assessment and how they are linked to practice in terms of pedagogy, learning and notions of progress for pupils in the 3-11 age range across the curriculum and AoLEs;
• the nature and aims of the subjects, cross curricular skills and AoLEs within the Welsh National Curriculum (in the 3-11 age range), including transitions from pre-school provision and to secondary;
• how literacy, numeracy and digital technology across the curriculum can be developed and applied effectively to the target age-range;
• how personal literacy, numeracy, digital and thinking skills can be developed and applied across the curriculum and for the 3-11 age range;
• how tutors and mentors model the use of Welsh in context and within the AoLEs. ATs will have the opportunity to develop use of the Welsh language within the AoLEs, whether they are a beginner or a fluent speaker who wishes to enhance their writing skills.
• the methods, methodologies, and ethics of small scale professional enquiry
The content and delivery of the module will encourage ATs to analyse subject specific pedagogical research. ATs will analyse, synthesise and critically reflect on research that informs teaching practice specific to the six AoLEs. The module will develop a culture of enquiry and emphasise the importance of participating in Professional Learning Communities. ATs will also undertake a small-scale practice-based enquiry.
The module content will be delivered in a variety of modes and contexts. College and school-based lectures, workshops and tutorials will be complemented by online learning and school-based activities. A detailed calendar of sessions and content can be found on the course websites (Blackboard). Note there will be additional school-based days where you will study the six AoLEs within a school context.
Satisfactory (C) All learning outcomes will have been met to a satisfactory level. Knowledge and understanding of the module content will be supported by a satisfactory range of theory, practice and research literature. Candidates will have demonstrated satisfactory evidence of critical analysis when reflecting on teaching and learning. Students will have developed their study skills to a satisfactory standard and will be able to communicate to a satisfactory standard in a professional and academic context.
Good (B) Most learning outcomes will have been met to a good level. Excellence in some learning outcomes may balance satisfactory attainment in others. A good knowledge and understanding of the module content will be supported by a good range of theory, practice and research literature. Candidates will provide good critical analysis when reflecting on a significant range of teaching and learning styles. Students will have developed their study skills to a good standard and will be able to communicate to a good standard in a professional and academic context.
Excellent (A) Most learning outcomes will have been met to an excellent level and all learning outcomes will be at least good. A deep knowledge and understanding of the module content will be supported by an extensive range of theory, practice and research literature. Candidates will provide excellent critical analysis when reflecting on a wide range of teaching and learning styles. Students will have developed their study skills to an excellent standard and will be able to communicate to an excellent standard in a professional and academic context.
- Critically analyse the nature and aims of subjects and AoLEs within Curriculum For Wales, the national curriculum in Wales.
- Design, implement and critically evaluate a small-scale practice-based enquiry.
- Plan, teach and critically evaluate lessons which are informed by research and principles of teaching and learning across the range of subjects and AoLe;
Critical Review with Lesson Study For details of the assignment, please refer to the module handbook
Practitioner Enquiry Research Proposal with Ethics Form. Further Details will be provided in the course handbook
Practitioner Enquiry For details of the assignment, please refer to the module handbook.