TE6684 - Curriculum, Creativity & Challenge

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will help you to develop a deeper understanding of different approaches to curriculum design and delivery in school as part of the Primary Curriculum (2014). Tutors will introduce you to discrete subject teaching and more integrated approaches. You will learn about a creative curriculum, thematic planning and learning opportunities outside the classroom. You will be given guidance as you develop your subject knowledge expertise and help to define the pedagogical approaches and theory that underpins successful learning and teaching within a broad and balanced curriculum particularly within the Early Years Foundation stage and Key Stage One (KS1).
Much of what you learn in this module will be applied directly to planning, teaching and learning on your school-based experience. You will learn about the ideas and theories of learning and personal pedagogy and how this is central to your professional practice as a teacher, making links between theory and practice by reflecting on your observations and experience in the classroom.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a combination of university-based, school-based and outdoor learning opportunities aimed at developing your knowledge of curriculum planning and classroom practice. You will be encouraged to systematically analyse the primary curriculum, government policies and reviews of the primary curriculum from a national and international perspective. In university, you will be introduced to key concepts in lectures, explore these in more depth during seminars and gain practical experience in workshop sessions. There will be opportunities to focus on one particular curriculum area as part of a collaborative group planning activity and reflection on your own personal learning. The expertise and experience of University based tutors together with lead professionals from our partnership schools will ensure your learning is grounded in current best practice. Taught sessions at university make use of Blackboard (electronic learning platform or eLP), which will allow you to review your learning and support your independent study. Your school experience will assist in consolidating this knowledge, allowing you to reflect on how your approach impacts on the teaching and learning of children by the design and delivery of innovative and imaginative learning opportunities.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by the teaching team directly in face-to-face sessions, introducing you to key contemporary curricula models for primary education and giving opportunities for you to develop the confidence and competence to plan for an integrated curriculum in school. This includes the opportunity to attend ‘subject enhancement’ sessions where you will receive specific and targeted support in a chosen subject area and how this contributes to a broad and balanced curriculum. Tutors use the eLP as a resource to build on the support you receive in sessions. Relevant research, policy, further reading and planning resources can be accessed to assist your personal reflections on observed practice. Additionally, the teaching team are always available for individual support.
A central feature the academic support available to you is the service provided by the University Library. This 24/7 service caters for all your learning needs and has extensive access to electronic texts and tutorials that may also support your learning in this module.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• To be able to demonstrate your knowledge and critical understanding of theories and models of learning in relation to cross-curricular planning and learning, with an emphasis on learning opportunities outside the classroom.
• To have developed a critical understanding of the principles, issues and procedures related to the construction of curricula for primary education.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• To critically reflect upon your understanding of learning and pedagogic theory, ideologies and principles specific to the primary curriculum.
• To systematically analyse the impact of government policy and curricula on children’s learning for breadth and balance of learning opportunities.
• To successfully contribute to a collaborative, professionally focused group.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• To reflect on and improve your personal practice for planning, teaching and learning.
• To be able to critically reflect upon the strategies observed in curricula planning using a national and international perspective. Relate this to the professional competences included in the Teachers Standards (2012).

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment
Collaborative cross-curricular group task in preparation for the summative assessment below.

Summative Assessment

Part 1

Individual, five-minute contribution within a group of 4 or 5 members, presenting a cross-curricular plan. This will be followed by a rigorous question and answer session led by the tutor (50%).
KU (1)
IPSA (3)
PVA (1)

Part 2

Students will complete a critical written
reflection on their learning. This will be
uploaded to their ILDP (50%).
KU (1, 2)
IPSA (1,2)
PVA (1,2)

(1500 words)

In addition to % grades you will receive detailed, formative feedback to support your ongoing academic work.


Good Honours Degree.



Module abstract

‘Curriculum, Creativity and Challenge’ is the module that will help you to develop an understanding of the challenges associated with creative and cross-curricular approaches to planning the primary curriculum. You will be guided and supported by the tutor team, including partnership staff, as you reflect on your school based experiences and develop an informed perspective about approaches to planning in primary education. You will have opportunities to plan and undertake appropriate outdoor visits, examining opportunities for learning outside the classroom. Your employability will be strengthened as a result of your learning in this module and you will develop a critical understanding of how your knowledge of effective planning models supports your professional capacity and effectiveness in the classroom. Annual student feedback suggests that this module impacts significantly on learning and directly supports their evidence towards the Teachers’ Standards (2012) and award of Qualified Teacher Status.

Course info

UCAS Code 2F34

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years distance learning

Department Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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