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Introduction to Curriculum Planning and Assessment: Practicum 1

Overview of the unit

Unit code: EDU10001
Duration: 1 Teaching Period
Contact hours: Recommended 8 hours of theory study per week plus 20 days of placement

About this unit

In this unit, students focus on the dimensions of curriculum and effective teaching of children aged between 2 and 5 years. They undertake a supervised professional experience in an early childhood education setting with children aged 2-5. Students engage in active, careful and critical reflection on their observations and experience and practice a range of strategies and roles involved in teaching young children.

Placement

Type: Early Childhood Setting
Age Group: 2-5 years of age
Duration: 20 days
Minimum Attendance: 35 hours per week or 7 hours per day. Must include 5 hours contact time with children and 2-3 hours of planning or non-contact time per day

Content

  • How children learn in the early years
  • Teaching with intention
  • Expectations for young children
  • Self-assessment of teaching
  • Learning experiences
  • Promoting confidence and engagement in learning
  • Adapting teaching methods to the young children’s skills, knowledge and interests
  • Demonstrating an awareness of children’s interest contemporary technologies
  • Recognising individual difference and supporting learning accordingly
  • Promoting collaborative learning among children
  • Engaging collaboratively with colleagues and contributing to reflective practice
  • Planning for and assessing children’s learning in the early years
  • Creating and maintaining safe, healthy and challenging early years learning environments
  • Using relevant documents to plan, implement and evaluate learning experiences
  • Intervening effectively to encourage appropriate behaviour and deal with inappropriate behaviour
  • Using a range of practices and resources and materials to support children’s learning
  • Relevant curriculum documents
  • Link practices with key ideas in the national Early Years Learning Framework
  • Family partnerships – strategies for communication with families
  • Curriculum, theory and assessment
  • Links between theory, research and practice
  • Collaborating with families
  • Code of Ethics
  • Graduate Teachers Standards

This unit is found in Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and Bachelor of Education (Primary).