Each specialism involves two strands.
You study a range of contemporary and classic adult and children's literature in this course. You look at how to use 'literacies', including tele-literacy, multimedia texts and drama. You examine how children acquire language and literacy and explore key theories of language in education.
You also analyse your own skill as a writer and relate this to the teaching of writing. You have the chance to develop your story-telling skills, drawing upon oral culture and personal anecdote. You then investigate how this skill can enhance pupil attainment in imaginative and exciting ways.
Mathematics that often engages children is within real and imagined worlds, practical, fun, useful and has a purpose. This is the Mathematics that engages all children and supports positive attitudes towards the subject. Teachers are fundamental to the view of this essential subject.
The three year Mathematics Specialism at Kingston University aims to achieve this through the following:
The course covers physics, chemistry and biology, plus how to manage the curriculum. You consider effective teaching approaches and engage in a variety of techniques to develop your confidence. These include:
Visits and fieldwork are also an important part of the course. They aim to deepen your understanding of and interest in science by providing a stimulating context for study.
Science also contributes to wider aspects of the curriculum, such as citizenship and environmental education. So you will develop an interactive teaching approach that links in to the wider themes characterising primary education.
Most specialist subjects involve a number of trips and excursions. These deepen your understanding and enhance what is being taught. They also help you develop the skills you need to organise school outings.
Theatre visits play a part in your study of classic and contemporary adult and children's literature.
The themes of real life contexts and historical origins of Mathematics are strong elements of the 2014 National Curriculum. Maths in the real world starts in Year 1, connecting Mathematics with environments such as a supermarket and St. Paul's Cathedral. Financial education is also developed through a Bank of England trip.
In year two this continues with how Mathematics is used to put on a theatre production at the National Theatre and the historical is also a focus at The British Museum.
The Science specialism includes daytrips to local amenities such as Kew Gardens and the Science Museum. As well as discovering more about your specialist subject, you will think about how to organise a school trip to the location and engage a class in the topic.