ED2EC1-English and Communication in The Primary Curriculum 2

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

Module Convenor: Mrs Scarlett Murphy
Email: s.l.e.murphy@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module builds on previous work by exploring English within the primary curriculum. It will cover current policy developments so that students become familiar with statutory and non-statutory documentation.

The module focuses on developing young people’s language and communication skills. Key themes include progression and development in speaking, listening, reading and writing, including extending understanding of the teaching of systematic, synthetic phonics. The role of children’s literature continues to underpin work.


• To build students’ subject knowledge with regard to enabling children to communicate effectively

• To reflect on how children communicate in a variety of settings

• To develop students’ pedagogical, curricular and subject knowledge in English • To enable students to plan and teach effective lessons and to assess children's learning

• To critically evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of different delivery modes

• To develop awareness and understanding of educational research

Assessable learning outcomes:
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
• Plan lessons and sequences of lessons which secure progression in speaking, listening, reading and writing
• Demonstrate an understanding of different methods of assessing children's work
• Demonstrate progress in subject knowledge
• Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of language and the function of talk, both cognitive and social, in learning
• Appraise and evaluate their school-bas ed experiences, including schemes and resources, and their impact on children’s learning
• Demonstrate knowledge of children’s literature across a range of genres and apply this knowledge to learning and teaching primary children

Additional outcomes:

Students will develop their understanding of the importance of communication in primary classrooms and develop their confidence in enabling all primary-aged pupils to interact with audiences in a variety of ways. Students will develop an understanding and insight into different educational establishments and their communication strategies. Throughout the module students will develop the ability to reflect on practice and identify targets for future development.

Outline content:

• Practical ways to engage children in talk • Phonics – extending knowledge of phases of phonics learning and teaching/resources to include spelling in KS 2 • Developing comprehension • Becoming an independent reader • Progression and development in learning to write • Grammar subject knowledge • Planning a sequence of lessons for writing.  • Planning a simple session • Songs, rhymes, poems and stories • Progression, monitoring and assessment 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching and learning methods will reflect those used in primary classrooms. Sessions will be interactive and students will be expected to take an active part in discussion and to work collaboratively in small groups on a range of practical activities. Some preparatory work will be expected for each session. There will be evaluative discussion of a variety of genres of children’s literature, including those selected and introduced by the students. The module includes an element of blended learni ng through Blackboard.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 24 2
Tutorials 1
Guided independent study: 173
Total hours by term 197 3
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 of 2,500 words

Formative assessment methods:

Students are required to keep a Subject Knowledge file which reflects how their subject knowledge develops over the programme.

Formative feedback on the file will be given by the tutor and peers.

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 by a date to be agreed by the appropriate assessment board.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

1) Required text books: Medwell, J., Wray, D., Minns, H., Griffiths. V. &Coates, E. (2017). Primary English: teaching theory and practice (8th Ed.). Exeter: Learning Matters. ISBN 978-1526404121 Price £15.00

Medwell, J., Wray. D., Moore, G., & Griffiths, V. (2017). Primary English: knowledge and understanding (8th Ed.). Exeter: Learning Matters. ISBN 978-1526402981 Price £16.00

Waugh, D., Warner, C., & Waugh, R. (2019). Teaching Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling in Primary Schools (2nd Ed.). London: Sage. ISBN 978-1526445636 Price £15.00

2) Specialist equipment or materials:

3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:

4) Printing and binding: Students are expected to read one article/ chapter each week and may wish to print these off

5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:

6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 8 April 2021


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