Subject wise, do primary school teachers teach a bit of everything?
Do primary school teachers teach a bit of everything? Watch
- Thread Starter
- 28-07-2014 01:20
- 28-07-2014 01:26
Yes, they normally do.
Do you not remember primary school?
- 28-07-2014 01:32
I had different teachers for different subjects in primary school. But I think primary school teachers are supposed to be able to teach all subjects to a basic level at least.
- 28-07-2014 01:34
When I was leaving primary school they were trying to make it just english and maths (which is the most stupid idea...). Now I hear they are training them in earth science (in northern ireland). I think there is a move to get foreign languages taught in schools. So overall I think subject diversity at this level is increasing.
- 28-07-2014 09:32
Yes, Primary teachers normally would be expected to teach a bit of every National Curriculum subject.
However, different schools organise the timetable in different ways, so you might not have to teach absolutely everything.
For example, you might have your PPA (free time for planning, preparation and assessment) when your class have their PE lessons so an instructor from an external organisation would come in and teach them for that afternoon.
Or your school might organise things so that in your year group, one teacher is good at Music and teaches music to all of the classes, whilst another is better at French so they teach French to all of the classes.
But basically you need to assume you will have to teach everything, and then see what happens.
A huge proportion of time in Primary is devoted to Literacy/English and Numeracy/Maths with a lot of the rest of it lumped together as "Topic" in the afternoons. So this might be History/Geography/RE combined with a bit of Art to produce a project related to the area studied. Science is obviously a key subject but doesn't get as much time as Maths and English. Modern Foreign Languages are compulsory in KS2 (so from Year 3 upwards) as of September 2014 but most schools have some kind of languages provision already, it's just highly variable.