Curriculum Knowledge 2: Physical Philosophers (X6615)

30 credits, Level 5

Autumn and spring teaching

This module focuses on the development of secure subject and curriculum knowledge for teaching.

It draws upon established phase-appropriate curriculum models and published guidance (policy and research). This ensures you develop:

  • competence and confidence in understanding core knowledge, second-order concepts and processes and subject-specific skills for each curriculum subject
  • an understanding of how security in literacy and numeracy underpins successful curriculum design and pupil progression.

You’ll also learn how skilled practitioners draw on this to create rich, rigorous and engaging learnings sequences.

A distinctive feature of this module is the cross-curricular theme of “Physical Philosophers”. We use this to develop understandings of physical, personal, social and emotional development. There’s a more specific focus on physical education, PSHE and Philosophy for Children.

We also demonstrate the significance of foundations in literacy and numeracy. It challenges you to recognise, critique and develop the inter-play between planning, active learning, assessment, feedback and differentiation in promoting engagement and progress. Good practice in teaching, assessment and broader pedagogies will be at the heart of each session.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 66 hours of contact time and about 234 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. 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: