Our primary courses are designed to train you to teach in a primary school. Primary school teachers usually have one class of pupils to whom they teach all subjects. This means that a primary course needs to place a strong emphasis on building up your expertise in all of the subjects that you will teach. Some of this will be taught in our Curriculum Centre in Norwich and some will be taught in schools. It is not possible to master all the subjects you have to teach in your primary year, but you will get a decent introduction to each one and a number of chances to practise teaching each subject.
All our primary trainees train in a particular subject specialism. We offer specialist subjects of English, natural sciences, or humanities to trainees on this course - you can choose your specialism once you have been accepted onto the course. If you want to train as a maths specialist, then please apply for the primary (maths) course.
Early in the course you will have an intensive focus on teaching phonics. Learning phonics is a crucial stage in learning to read well, and getting this right at an early stage in primary school is of the utmost importance. You will learn about strategies for teaching phonics, and get the chance to practise these regularly in schools. The same is true of basic numeracy. Young children need to learn their number bonds before they can do more complex mathematics. You will learn about different methods of teaching numeracy, the misunderstandings that children often have, and what you as a teacher can do about this.
You will learn to teach well through professional practice and through critically reflecting on your own practice. Your school placements within the course will give you the opportunity to teach, to observe, to practise, to experiment, and to innovate. You have the opportunity to reflect upon your own practice within your school context. As a course entitlement, you will have the time to discuss this with you school-based subject mentor; you can then identify the ways in which you need to develop as a specialist and as a professional. What results is a highly personalised programme in which, through dialogue with your mentor, you develop your teaching style, practice, and ideas in a bespoke way.