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    Hi i'm looking to starting at canterbury christchurch 2010 in primary teaching.
    Do you pick a subject to specialize in? If so what are the options and do you need to know what you wanna do before you start?
    I haven't gotta clue really, so was wondering what was most in demand.
    Also.... can someone give me an idea as to the hours of the course. Trying to gage for child care.

    any other advice or things i need to think about????????

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    From their website:

    Year 2: You will have an opportunity to choose two subjects from a range of options (Currently; any Foundation subjects, Advanced Early Years, Primary Languages, Inclusion and RE).

    Year 3: They also select one of the subject options from Year 2 to study and research at a further, advanced level in Year 3.

    By the end of the programme, all students should be able to teach the whole Primary curriculum, and also be able to offer one subject in more depth. This degree programme offers students flexible and exciting opportunities to pursue their subject interests in more depth while also covering the range of curriculum subjects which will support effective teaching in Primary schools.
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    Yes i read that much myself!! That spurred me to ask..
    .......If so what are the options and do you need to know what you wanna do before you start?
    I haven't gotta clue really, so was wondering what was most in demand.
    Also.... can someone give me an idea as to the hours of the course. Trying to gage for child care.

    any other advice or things i need to think about????????...
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    I’m starting the BEd at Derby uni this September and we have been told that we will have 4 full days in university (lectures between 9 and 5) and one free day, although of course when you start doing placements this could fall on that free day, meaning it would be a 5 day a week full-time course.

    As for knowing what area you’d like to specialise in, you don’t really need to know before you start although you’ll obviously have an idea of what areas you enjoy the most already. During your first and second years you will get more experience in all subjects and hands on practice of teaching them which will help you to make a more informed decision – I’m guessing perhaps the maths and science areas and the least popular; I’m thinking I’ll probably specialise in humanities, or English.
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    (Original post by mumto3)
    Hi i'm looking to starting at canterbury christchurch 2010 in primary teaching.
    Do you pick a subject to specialize in? If so what are the options and do you need to know what you wanna do before you start?
    I haven't gotta clue really, so was wondering what was most in demand.
    Also.... can someone give me an idea as to the hours of the course. Trying to gage for child care.

    any other advice or things i need to think about????????

    Thanks
    Hiya, I'm starting at Canterbury this September. As it says on the site, there are different options in which to specialise in for years 2 and 3 but you don't have to pick these before you start your course. However you do need to decide if you want to do a course specialising in 3-8 year olds or 5-11 year olds and if you wish to specialise in MFL. You must really decide this before you apply and they may ask you to explain your decision in interview. If you're doing the the early years course, I believe that you have to choose the option to specialise advanced early years in years 2 and 3 and if you're doing MFL you have to choose this as your specialism, although don't quote me on this. MFL is becoming compulsory in primary schools so I would say the language route is a good one to take and may improve your chances in a cramped job market, however obviously you would have to enjoy languages and have some experience in them for this route.

    They did explain the timetable but it's gone completely out of my head. I'll try and remember to message you when I start to give you more specific information :p:
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    Hiya, I'm starting at Canterbury this September. As it says on the site, there are different options in which to specialise in for years 2 and 3 but you don't have to pick these before you start your course. However you do need to decide if you want to do a course specialising in 3-8 year olds or 5-11 year olds and if you wish to specialise in MFL. You must really decide this before you apply and they may ask you to explain your decision in interview. If you're doing the the early years course, I believe that you have to choose the option to specialise advanced early years in years 2 and 3 and if you're doing MFL you have to choose this as your specialism, although don't quote me on this. MFL is becoming compulsory in primary schools so I would say the language route is a good one to take and may improve your chances in a cramped job market, however obviously you would have to enjoy languages and have some experience in them for this route.

    They did explain the timetable but it's gone completely out of my head. I'll try and remember to message you when I start to give you more specific information :p:
    Thanks Just what i wanted to know. I am undecided between yr3, & yrs4 or 5.
    I have helped with reception, but i think they're a bit young!! So started to think about yr4...Now swaying back to infants!!! I think i'll do 5-11yr olds. MFL not my thing though!! Keen on Maths at the mo, but that could change too!! lol!! What are you doing?
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    (Original post by [email protected]@)
    I’m starting the BEd at Derby uni this September and we have been told that we will have 4 full days in university (lectures between 9 and 5) and one free day, although of course when you start doing placements this could fall on that free day, meaning it would be a 5 day a week full-time course.

    As for knowing what area you’d like to specialise in, you don’t really need to know before you start although you’ll obviously have an idea of what areas you enjoy the most already. During your first and second years you will get more experience in all subjects and hands on practice of teaching them which will help you to make a more informed decision – I’m guessing perhaps the maths and science areas and the least popular; I’m thinking I’ll probably specialise in humanities, or English.
    Hi thanks for the info. Thinking Maths so maybe thats a good thing.
    Good luck with the course.
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    (Original post by AwakeandUnafraid)
    Hiya, I'm starting at Canterbury this September. As it says on the site, there are different options in which to specialise in for years 2 and 3 but you don't have to pick these before you start your course. However you do need to decide if you want to do a course specialising in 3-8 year olds or 5-11 year olds and if you wish to specialise in MFL. You must really decide this before you apply and they may ask you to explain your decision in interview. If you're doing the the early years course, I believe that you have to choose the option to specialise advanced early years in years 2 and 3 and if you're doing MFL you have to choose this as your specialism, although don't quote me on this. MFL is becoming compulsory in primary schools so I would say the language route is a good one to take and may improve your chances in a cramped job market, however obviously you would have to enjoy languages and have some experience in them for this route.

    They did explain the timetable but it's gone completely out of my head. I'll try and remember to message you when I start to give you more specific information :p:

    Hows the course going? Have you started yet??
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    (Original post by mumto3)
    Hows the course going? Have you started yet??
    It's going great so far. Next week is the second proper week and we're already off on school observation. The seminars have been really good with lots of involvement and activities and the lectures have been interesting also.

    The hours are not nearly as bad as I had prepared myself for although there are some late finishes (6pm) which I suppose could cause problems if you need to sort out childcare. For a bit of an example, last week's timetable was Monday- 9-4 (although a 4 hour gap between 10 and 2), Tuesday- 11-4, Wednesday- 9-11, Thursday- Free and Friday- 12-6. Although the timetables are subject to change, that is one of the fuller weeks and it seems you have at least on day off a week to do some self study and preparation. Obviously we will be busier when we have planning to do but at the moment, the hours aren't excessive at all. If you want any other questions answered, feel free to ask and I'll try my best to answer them :p:
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    Thanks so much.
    Looks like poor Nanny will be cooking dinner occasionally aswell as picking them up from school.
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    (Original post by AwakeandUnafraid)
    It's going great so far. Next week is the second proper week and we're already off on school observation. The seminars have been really good with lots of involvement and activities and the lectures have been interesting also.

    The hours are not nearly as bad as I had prepared myself for although there are some late finishes (6pm) which I suppose could cause problems if you need to sort out childcare. For a bit of an example, last week's timetable was Monday- 9-4 (although a 4 hour gap between 10 and 2), Tuesday- 11-4, Wednesday- 9-11, Thursday- Free and Friday- 12-6. Although the timetables are subject to change, that is one of the fuller weeks and it seems you have at least on day off a week to do some self study and preparation. Obviously we will be busier when we have planning to do but at the moment, the hours aren't excessive at all. If you want any other questions answered, feel free to ask and I'll try my best to answer them :p:

    Hi me again!! How's it all going?? Still enjoying it? whats ur timetable like now? Where did you get you placement?
    I'm currently waiting, with baited breath, for an interview date.
    Access generally go later though!!
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    (Original post by mumto3)
    Hi me again!! How's it all going?? Still enjoying it? whats ur timetable like now? Where did you get you placement?
    I'm currently waiting, with baited breath, for an interview date.
    Access generally go later though!!
    Hiya! The course is still going really well thanks, I'm loving it. This week the timetable is a bit bare due to a few seminar cancellations. We had monday off, in school all day tuesday, off wednesday, thursday 9-3 and friday 2-6. It changes every week but we still always have at least 1 day off. Our main school placement isn't until May so we don't know where we're off to yet but we do 6 'Teaching and Planning' days, spread out over terms one and two to get the hang of how to plan and present a lesson. Next week is our final one and we're presenting an assembly with our class, eek.

    I hope you get your interview date through soon, the waiting is always so nerve wracking. Update me when you hear anything, good luck! :p:
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    (Original post by AwakeandUnafraid)
    Hiya! The course is still going really well thanks, I'm loving it. This week the timetable is a bit bare due to a few seminar cancellations. We had monday off, in school all day tuesday, off wednesday, thursday 9-3 and friday 2-6. It changes every week but we still always have at least 1 day off. Our main school placement isn't until May so we don't know where we're off to yet but we do 6 'Teaching and Planning' days, spread out over terms one and two to get the hang of how to plan and present a lesson. Next week is our final one and we're presenting an assembly with our class, eek.

    I hope you get your interview date through soon, the waiting is always so nerve wracking. Update me when you hear anything, good luck! :p:
    Glad its going well. I will let you know when i finally get a date!!
    What yr group are you hoping to do?? I am with reception once a week, and whilst it wasn't my initial plan, i am loving it!!
    But i think i'll still go for 5-11, and not ages 3-7 .......well...........hopefully! !!!!!!:eek3:
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    (Original post by mumto3)
    Glad its going well. I will let you know when i finally get a date!!
    What yr group are you hoping to do?? I am with reception once a week, and whilst it wasn't my initial plan, i am loving it!!
    But i think i'll still go for 5-11, and not ages 3-7 .......well...........hopefully! !!!!!!:eek3:
    I'm doing the 3-7 specialism- took a lot of umming and ahhing to reach that decision mind. The little ones are fab aren't they, the funny little things they come out with just make your day, bless them.
 
 
 
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