Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Learning And Teaching In The Primary Curriculum DUMF5112

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Learning and Teaching in the Primary Curriculum


To be completed

Requirements of Entry

Entry onto PGDE Primary Education programme

Excluded Courses





One assignment of 4000 words

Course Aims

To develop a critical understanding of the current curriculum, policy and practice and their roles in constructing effective learning experiences for children
- To enable students to develop a range of learning and assessment strategies which they are able to justify, plan, deliver, assess and evaluate

- To ensure that students understand the link between eff
ective teaching and the quality of children's learning, and the central importance of building productive relationships with the learners
- To enable students to subject the learning and teaching process to regular scrutiny through critical reflection

 - To develop professional identity in the context of professional ethical codes, values and commitments

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

Demonstrate a systematic and critical understanding of the curriculum, policy and practice guidelines
- Demonstrate a critical awareness of a range of approaches to teaching

- Demonstrate theoretical and practical understandings of the relationship between teaching and learning

- Plan learn
ing and teaching effectively to meet the needs of a socially and culturally diverse range of learners as well as those with additional support needs
- Use developing knowledge and understanding of how learning occurs to devise appropriate strategies for
 planning, implementation and assessment, with particular reference to strategies associated with Assessment is for Learning
- Build relationships with pupils and colleagues which foster learning

- Develop and continually improve professional practic
e through observation, reflection, evaluation, enquiry and critical engagement with literature
- Make ethical and professional judgements appropriate to their role as beginning teachers

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Satisfactory completion of course assessment (one essay comprising 100% of course assessment)