ED2AC2-The Arts, Children and Education 2: English

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring 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 provides contexts for further investigations into teaching and learning in primary English and the development of a subject leadership role. It offers the opportunity to reflect on the relationship between literature, literacy and the classroom with a particular focus on the interrelationship between the reading/interpretation of a text and its realisation in performance. The module, therefore, offers opportunities for exploring a variety of texts (including Shakespeare) and ‘realising’ them in and across the creative arts through collaborative performances.

The module also explores what is contemporary in children’s books, television and films and what should and does educate and entertain children in the twenty first century. The books and films studied will raise questions on how ‘issues’ are raised in children’s books and films.
The module will include opportunities to look at majority world authors as a stimulus to design, and trial, teaching materials for a Global Citizenship project.

Students will study critical theory in order to engage meaningfully with secondary material.


  • To develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required for primary subject leadership

  • To introduce students to a range of children’s literature, television and films for children

  • To reflect on the ways that literacy may be taught in the classroom based on their understanding of contemporary books, television and film

  • To understand and develop performance skills required for presenting literary and dramatic material in a dynamic and meaningful way

  • To develop skills for analysing and interpreting texts as critical readers

  • To understand the forms and conventions of different genres of literature

  • To explore the theories of social constructionism and apply them to discussions of how identity is represented through text and language

Assessable learning outcomes:

On successful completion of the module, trainees will:

  • be able to select stories appropriate for the primary age-range

  • have developed performance skills for presenting literary and dramatic material in a dynamic and meaningful way;

  • be able to respond to and support each other’s readings and performances of texts

  • be able to critically analyse children’s books and films, in terms of genre, themes of ide ntity/gender and content

  • be able to analyse and interpret literary texts.

Additional outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an increased understanding of how English contributes to the primary school curriculum

  • Demonstrate an increased understanding of their developing role as an English specialist

  • Demonstrate an appropriate knowledge and understanding of the forms and conventions of dramatic verse

Outline content:
There will be a focus on Shakespeare within this module. This includes exploring the appropriation and mediation of "Shakespeare" through a range of cultural institutions, including: the education system where Shakespeare forms an indispensable part of the National Curriculum.

The module will also explore the interrelationship between the reading/interpretation of a text and its realisation in performance. There will be opportunities to practise the skills of reading aloud and story telling. Students will also consider film adaptations of children’s books and consider the role of film adaptations within the teaching of reading.

Global context:
This module will also include a focus on Global Citizenship, using world literature as a stimulus.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
This module will be delivered in interactive sessions, which include lecturing, discussion, workshops, group presentations and practical activities, and which will include blended learning, provided through Blackboard. Directed activities between sessions will involve independent research by individuals and groups.

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:

Written Assignment 2,500 words.

Formative assessment methods:
Peer assessed presentation

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: Additional costs will vary according to the choice Shakespeare text used. Students should expect to spend in the region of £10.00 for the text in order to complete this module.

2) Specialist equipment or materials: 

3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: 

4) Printing and binding: Occasional printing of materials, although photocopies of materials will be provided in the teaching sessions. Library printing costs are 5p for B/W page and 15p for colour page.

5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: 

6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: 

Last updated: 13 August 2021


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