This course prepares you to be an effective and reflective Teacher in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 (Ages 3 - 7).
You will spend the vast majority of the year learning how to teach in a real classroom and be mentored by your Learning Coach, who will be an experienced, expert and outstanding teacher.
You will learn about theories and perspectives of teaching children in the Early Years including the role of play, the beginnings of reading and phonics and early number concepts, social and physical development and how to teach all of the Key Stage 1 subjects as well as about aspects of teaching such as behaviour management, safeguarding, special needs and disability, teaching children with English as an additional language, assessment, lesson planning, observing learning and using ICT.
We are one of the first five National Research Schools so you will have access to the latest high quality research and to national experts in a number of fields such as teaching reading and mathematics.
Our University partner, Sheffield Hallam University, recognised by OFSTED as an outstanding provider, leads the teaching for the 60 Masters credits that you will gain. These are gained through assignments on: Talk and learning, Lesson study (in which you will have the opportunity to do some small scale research of your own) and following the progress of a group of children in your class over a year. You spend around 15 days at Sheffield Hallam in the year (travel from your “home” school is paid).
You will be assessed on your growing ability to teach over the year by your Learning Coach/ Mentor and on these assignments.