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You focus on either 3-7 year-olds (Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1) or 5-11 year-olds (Key Stage 1/Key Stage 2), and undertake your school experience within a specified age range. You are supported professionally by a system of school and personal tutoring. The programme lasts for 38 weeks from September to July; please see page 28 for information about term dates. College-based courses are normally timetabled between 9am and 5pm. For 18 weeks of the programme you work full-time in school, starting before 8.30am each day.
The programme covers all the National Curriculum subjects: art, design and technology, English, geography, history, ICT (Information and Communication Technology), mathematics, performing arts (carnival, dance, drama, music), physical education, religious education, citizenship, and science. It deals in detail with the three core areas of English, mathematics, and science. In each curriculum area, opportunities are provided to enable you to develop understanding of the teaching and learning process, and to learn about effective classroom practice. The 3-7 age range programme includes additional sessions relevant to teaching in the Foundation Stage.
Cross-curricular themes, skills and dimensions are a vital part of the programme, and thematic or integrated patterns of work are encouraged throughout your school experience and College-based work; these might relate art and design with maths, science and language, for example.
School experience is combined with College-based work throughout the programme, and is supervised by College tutors, part-time tutors with recent teaching experience, and school-based tutors.
During the Autumn/Spring terms you undertake placements in a relevant age phase. The final school experience takes place in a consecutive age phase, and usually lasts for about 10 weeks in the Summer term; during this practice you take responsibility for the whole class. This information may change, depending on school terms.