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Undergraduate Module Descriptors 2012/13

BE4001: School Experience One

Module Title School Experience One
Module Code BE4001
Module Tutor Julie Hunt
School Institute of Education and Public Services
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 4
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions Available only to students on the BEd (Hons) Primary Education / BA Primary Professional Education programmes
Brief Description

Students begin their school experience by undertaking 7 weeks during the course of Level 4.  They are placed in different age ranges - Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Indicative Syllabus

Students develop teaching skills drawn from their learning in other Level 4 modules which contribute to their preparation for the workplace. Whilst in school, they are supported by the class teacher and student mentor. Their learning is structured through a combination of observations and teaching activities with individuals, small groups of pupils and the whole class. Students undertake prescribed school-based tasks which develop their thinking about child development and about teaching as a profession and provide opportunities for them to become aware of the relationship between theory and practice in the workplace.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to demonstrate a threshold teaching competence through: 

1. developing their knowledge of child development including the emotional, social, intellectual, cognitive and physical development of learners across a range of ages and abilities

2. understanding and learning in partnership with a class teacher to appropriately respond to individual learning needs through case study of children who are demonstrating developmental milestones within the expected age related parameters

3. developing their understanding of the assessment, planning and implementation of the whole of the curriculum, relating this to the key concepts and principles under-pinning the statutory and non-statutory primary curriculum and engaging in some practical teaching of individuals, small groups and whole class in collaboration with class teachers. This will involve planning, organising, teaching and managing effective lessons including preparing resources to support learning

4. discussing and reflecting upon the impact of recent educational developments and policies in the workplace with colleagues

5. developing their awareness of the role of the class teacher with emphasis on classroom organisation and management and their own professional role within the teaching community

6. observing and reflecting on effective teaching and learning strategies across the curriculum

7. reflecting on the impact of key legislation related to the development and well-being of learners in the workplace

8. developing a reflective approach in order to improve their practice through evaluating their performance, asking for and acting upon advice and setting personal targets for further professional development

9. forming professional relationships with members of the teaching community, parents and carers by communicating and working effectively with others as a member of a team

10. develop an understanding of inclusive values and learn how to interpret Programmes of Study appropriately for a diversity of learning needs, in order to access all children to learning in the subject

Learning and Teaching Activities
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Practical Assessment: In-class: TBA
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources

The Library Catalogue contains full details of the current reading list for this module. Further details may also be found in the Module Guide.

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