ED1AC2-The Arts, Children and Education 1: English

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Dr Alison Silby
Email: a.silby@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module will establish students’ understanding of developing children’s literacy skills through texts in the primary classroom. It will include a strong focus upon the notion of what the study of texts means and will look at historical and philosophical perspectives, exploring narrative and poetry in terms of pedagogy and practice. The historical review of literature will ultimately lead to the present moment to consider contemporary issues around the teaching of English (particularly the use of different texts in the classroom). Linked to the current focus on early reading, the module will explore children's engagement in storytelling, including what we can learn from key writers. The module will also explore how the learning environment supports learning and, because children's literature is fundamental to English teaching in primary schools, students will be introduced to a range of children's literature and poetry.


  • To consider what ‘texts’ are within the context of the primary curriculum and to evaluate the impact of stories and poetry on the development of children’s literacy.                             

  • To consider historical, philosophical and international perspectives on the teaching of English

  • To develop practical skills needed in the primary classroom

  • To introduce students to a range of children’s literature

  • To reflect on the ways that literacy may be taught in the classroom based on students' understanding of books, films and poems

Assessable learning outcomes:

On successful completion of the module, trainees will be able to:

  • Propose and defend a pedagogy for English/Literacy teaching and learning in primary schools, drawing on school-based experience and research literature

  • Explain the contribution made by key writers in children’s English conceptual development

  • Describe early development in reading/writing and the role of narrative and poetry.

  • Demonstrate an und erstanding of books that may be used in a classroom

  • Show an awareness of how an appreciation of the arts may support delivery of the National Curriculum for English

Additional outcomes:
Successful candidates will:

•Be able to study independently and work in groups to communicate knowledge of the Arts in context
•Reflect critically on their own learning and in their developing role as an English specialist

Outline content:

  • What are texts? Developing understanding and knowledge

  • Pedagogy and practice – exploring narrative and poetry

  • Early reading and writing

  • The learning environment

  • Children's Literature

Global context:
Students will be introduced to a range of majority world texts to inform and inspire good practice

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
This module will be delivered in interactive sessions, which include lecturing, discussion and practical activities and blended learning, provided through Blackboard. Some sessions may require some pre-viewing and students should be prepared to work collaboratively in order to make presentations.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 23
Tutorials 2
Guided independent study: 175
Total hours by term 200
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

A Written Assignment 2,500 words

Formative assessment methods:
A sample of writing (1,000 words approx) will be used to give formative feedback on writing style, organisation and referencing.

Penalties for late submission:

The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission during the summer resit period.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

1) Required text books:  dditional costs will vary according to the choice of texts used. Students should expect to spend in the region of £10.00 in order to complete this module.

2) Specialist equipment or materials:  Materials required for this module can be borrowed from the resource base

3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:  None

4) Printing and binding:  Occasional printing of materials, although photocopies of materials will be provided in the teaching sessions. Students will need to provide a printed copy of their assessment. Library printing costs are 5p for B/W page and 15p for colour

5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:  None

6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:  None

Last updated: 30 July 2021


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