BA Primary Education Students
Read through the Programme Handbook. This gives you a clear overview of the course, the different modules and the University rules and regulations that are relevant to your programme. Focus on the Year 1 modules and the dates for your first year of study. Plan the dates into your diary.
One of your key roles as a primary teacher will be to develop a love of reading with children. Before the course begins explore the wonderful world of children’s literature. Visit bookshops, libraries and read reviews.
An informative website is:
Book Trust

Read as many children’s books in Foundation Stage, KS1 and KS2 as you can during the summer. Read fiction (historical, fantasy, school, and animal stories), picture books (for younger and older children) and traditional stories (from around the world) and classic fiction (e.g. Wind in the Willows) and poetry for children.

We recommend:
  • Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins
  • The Jolly Postman and /or Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan and Janet Ahlberg
  • Skellig by David Almond
  • The Arrival by Sean Tan
  • The Works (anthology of poetry chosen by Paul Cookson)
Read the following text for an insight into the role of children’s literature in learning to read:
Meek, M (1988) How Texts Teach What Readers Learn Stroud: Thimble Press (copies available from University Library)
Essential texts for the course:
Jolliffe, W. and Waugh, D. (2015) Teaching Systematic Synthetic Phonics in Primary Schools (You will receive this book as a free electronic copy in your second term of first year)

Medwell, J. and Wray, D. (2014) Primary English Knowledge and Understanding (7th Ed) London: Learning Matters (You will receive this book as a free electronic copy when you begin your course)

Medwell, J. and Wray, D. (2014) Primary English Practice and Theory (7th Ed) London: Learning Matters (copies in the university library)

Another key role of the Primary Curriculum is to help children make connections between the mathematics they do in the classroom and the mathematics they do in their daily lives.

Read Jo Boaler’s advice for parents on this link:

What do you think of this advice? Would this have helped you when you were a child? How could it help you as a teacher?
Consider how you feel about mathematics and make some notes.

Register with the National Centre of Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics.
It is free and you will be expected to use this online resource throughout your University programme.
Watch the introduction video **** and choose a few Primary mathematics lessons to watch and enjoy!

Essential Texts for the course:
Haylock, D. & Cockburn, A. (2013) Understanding Mathematics for Young Children (4th Ed) London: SAGE (Copies in the University Library)

Haylock, D. and Manning, R. (2014) Mathematics Explained for Primary Teachers: (5th Ed),London: Sage (You will receive this book as a FREE electronic copy)

Mooney,C, Hansen,A. Ferrie, L. Fox,S. Wrathmell, R. (2014) Primary Mathematics: knowledge and understanding (7th Ed) London: Learning Matters (Copies in the University Library)

Read science information books aimed at primary aged children, these can be borrowed from your local library. Record the details of the two books that you found most enjoyable and the two books that you found the most informative and bring to your first science session to discuss.

Essential texts for the course
Peacock, G., Sharp, J., Johnsey, R. and Wright, D. (2013) Primary Science Knowledge and Understanding. This a core text that you do not need to purchase. You will be given it as a free electronic book when you enrol.