ED2MS1-Enabling Progress in Mathematics and Science

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: Mr James Davies

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is designed to develop trainees’ understanding of the pedagogy and practice of teaching of science, mathematics and ICT/CS education and digital literacy.

The module builds on the content of related modules undertaken in the first year of the BA Ed programme. It teaches the principles of how children learn in science and mathematics as well as in ICT/CS by developing an understanding of the value of providing children with opportunities for practical experiences, problem solving, reasoning and enquiry in order to enable progression. The focus will be on how to construct child-centred, meaningful contexts that engage children’s interest and curiosity.

Students will be given an overview of progression from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2 in both concept development and scientific enquiry skills. In mathematics the data handling cycle will be explored in depth. The role of ICT within the teaching and learning of mathematics will be developed,. In ICT/CS trainees’ programming skills will develop further as well as their understanding and skills of the role of data handling in the revised ICT/CS curriculum.

The module will develop students’ planning, teaching and assessment skills in mathematics, science, ICT/CS and cross-curricular work.


  • To deepen understanding of how children learn in science, mathematics and ICT/CS and the importance of practical experiences, problem solving, reasoning and enquiry

  • To develop students’ pedagogical, curricular and subject knowledge in mathematics, science, ICT/CS and digital literacy

  • To enable students to develop strategies for planning teaching within and across sessions and subjects that engage all children and foster learning

  • To provide students with opportunities to develop professional and interpersonal skills to prepare them for working collaboratively in a school setting

Assessable learning outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Design and plan a cross-curricular enquiry appropriate for Key Stage 1 or 2 children, focusing upon mathematics and science

  • Demonstrate your understanding of how to address the revised ICT/CS curriculum by planning a single ICT/CS lesson

  • Recognise the integral role of formative assessment within planning for progression

  • Plan effective practice, t aking into account theories about how children learn in science, mathematics and ICT/CS

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the science, mathematics and ICT/CS curricula

  • Reflect critically on their experiences in the school setting and identify ways to improve practice, drawing on reasoned arguments and an understanding of evidence-based research

Additional outcomes:
Students will build on their understanding of teaching and learning primary mathematics, science ICT/CS and digital literacy from previous modules. They will undertake focused research and achieve greater critical awareness through the use of literature, e-learning, peer collaborations and observations of practice. They will be able to study independently and collaboratively in order to assimilate and communicate knowledge and ideas about children’s learning.

Outline content:

  • Introduction to using problem solving and discovery learning to build progression.

  • Planning extended and cross-curricular investigations


Draw on theories from previous learning to support science teachers in encouraging pupils to progress their understanding of the natural world

  • Common misconceptions and the challenge for teachers of persuading pupils to move from ‘everyda y’ ideas to more scientific ways of thinking

  • Problem solving in real life contexts of life and living (ourselves, plants, growth, life cycles), materials (rocks and soils, chemical change), Forces (friction and magnetism).

  • Setting learners appropriate challenges to develop their enquiry skills


  • The data-handling cycle: progression, representing and interpreting data, ranges and ave rages

  • Using ICT to support teaching and learning

  • Developing the environment to foster learning and enquiry

  • How to handle data (collect, present and analyse data) in science


  • Developing a further understanding of the ICT/CS curriculum

  • Enriching programming skills through the use of a range of different applications and programming languages relevant to primary ch ildren

  • Extending the lesson planning skills to address ICT/CS capability

  • Use of ICT for collecting, analysing and presenting data using spreadsheet modelling

Global context:
Global trends in data such as implication of the overuse of antibiotics, climate change will be explored from a scientific and mathematical perspective. The way data is analysed to inform future scientific developments will be evaluated.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Teaching and learning methods will mirror those used in the classroom. Sessions will build on prior knowledge and developing understanding through enquiry. Students will be expected to contribute actively to discussions and activities, and to give feedback on their own placement-based experiences.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study: 180
Total hours by term 200 0 0
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:
Formative assessment will be made through ongoing observation of the students’ engagement with issues and positive contributions to sessions.

In ICT/CS students are asked to update their electronic ICT portfolios (files) to demonstrate their skills, knowledge and understanding on the topics covered in the module through a series of structured learning tasks set by the tutor.

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:
Resit essay title based on module content to be submitted during the summer resit period by dates to be agreed by the appropriate assessment boards.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

1) Required textbooks: Required textbooks

Haylock, D., & Manning, R. (2018).  Mathematics Explained for Primary School Teachers (6th Ed.). SAGE. Cost of this book is £25:00 approx.

ISBN: 9781526423207  (pbk)

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.

Students will need to provide a printed copy of their assessment. Library printing costs are 5p for B/W page and 15p for colour page


1) Required text books: Haylock, D., & Manning, R. (2018).  Mathematics Explained for Primary School Teachers (6th Ed.). SAGE. Cost of this book is £25:00 approx.

ISBN: 9781526423207  (pbk)

2) Specialist equipment or materials: 

3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: 

4) Printing and binding: 

5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: 

6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: 

Last updated: 13 August 2021


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