Curriculum Knowledge 1: Explorers and Investigators (X6613)

30 credits, Level 4

Autumn and spring teaching

This is the first module of the BA in Primary and Early Years Education (with QTS) which focuses on the development of secure subject and curriculum knowledge for teaching. This module will draw upon established phase appropriate curriculum models and published guidance (policy and research) to ensure you develop competence and confidence in understanding the core substantive knowledge, second order concepts and processes and subject specific skills for each curriculum subject.

A consistent feature will be understanding how security in literacy and numeracy underpins successful curriculum design and pupil progression and how skilled practitioners draw upon this understanding to create rich, rigorous and engaging sequences of learning.

A distinctive feature of this first module will be an understanding of how the cross curricular theme of “Explorers and Investigators” can be to develop broad subject knowledge and an understanding of the world with a more specific focus on science, history and geography as subject disciplines. It will examine the inter-play between planning, active learning, assessment, feedback and differentiation in promoting engagement and progress. Effective teaching strategies will be modelled throughout the module.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 94 hours of contact time and about 206 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: