Welcome to Year 3 & the final phase of your Primary Education journey!

The information on this page is for student teachers moving into the third year of their studies from September 2021


An Introduction from Ruth Matthewson, Year 3 Lead

Ruth Matthewson

Hello everyone, my name is Ruth Matthewson and I am year lead for Year 3!

I am here to support and guide you through your final year in addition to your own academic tutor and lecturers too.

Third year is an exciting final year where you deepen your knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning as well as subject knowledge. You will complete a number of exciting modules in addition to your final placement which will run after Christmas. As school experience director for third year I find the two roles work really well together and I get to know you all very well.

You will have a choice from a range of Professional Elective modules as well as the chance to design, plan and carry out your research project, building on your second year research module.

I love to hear and celebrate all the wonderful things that the third years get up to as well as listening to any concerns and troubles you have too. I meet with a group of third year student reps throughout the year to gather feedback and student views.

Traditionally the third year student reps have been responsible for organising an end of year ‘bash’ which is always great fun and something to look forward to all year!

So, the third year is an important one, where you will complete your journey towards being a BA (Hons) Primary Education graduate and a qualified primary school teacher.

Key Staff

Year 3 Lead: Ruth Matthewson r.matthewson@yorksj.ac.uk

Academic Tutors:

Caroline Elbra Ramsay c.elbraramsay@yorksj.ac.uk

Jen Huntsley j.huntsley@yorksj.ac.uk

Emma Thraves-Ferguson e.thraves-ferguson@yorksj.ac.uk

Sarah Trussler s.trussler@yorksj.ac.uk

Module Information

In Year 3 you will study five modules (including school experience).  One of these is your professional elective.  Details of these modules including title, code and Module Director are given below.  You will also find details of suggested pre-reading/ tasks to complete before started these modules in October 2021.  Please note, if a pre-task is not listed next to a module, the Module Director has not specified any pre-tasks.  Any queries, please contact the Module Director. 

Module Code, Title & Module Director Module Summary Pre-tasks to complete before starting the module

3PPS01 – Professional Studies 3: The Emerging Professional

Caroline Elbra-Ramsay

Your final Professional Studies module will focus on pupil progress and assessment. As your responsibility and accountability as a teacher grows, this is something you will need to take increasing ownership of. There is also a focus on professionalism and employability. As you approach the end of your studies, it is important that you are confident in formulating and articulating your own personal philosophy of education. You will develop as an autonomous professional able to make judgements informed by theory and practice.
  • Reflect on your training so far and identify three things that you think are part of your philosophy of teaching.  These can be anything that matter to you as a teacher; 
  • Identify any particular experiences (placement, module, reading) that have informed your thinking;  
  • Read the following chapter – Cottrell, Stella ‘Critical analytical thinking’ 

3PCI01 – Contemporary Educational Issues

Ruth Matthewson

On this module you will engage in critical, reflective and informed debate and a range of issues which affect our education system today. As you graduate into a rapidly changing world, it is important to be able to interpret and respond to trends and issues arising in the world of education. This includes ongoing debates within wider political, social, psychological and international contexts. You will use these debates to contextualise your own values, beliefs and professional approach to teaching. Keep up to date with an education-based news articles/ stories. Possibly the easiest way to follow this would be using  https://www.tes.com/news 

3PSE03 – School Experience 3

Ruth Matthewson

This is the culmination of your professional studies. You will undertake an extended placement of around 10 weeks, where you will build up to teaching 80% of the timetable. Make the most of your final placement as an opportunity to refine your professional skills and take on wider responsibilities. You will become, to all intents and purposes, the class teacher and will demonstrate that you are ready to take on your own class as an NQT/ ECT.

3PRI01 – The Research Informed Professional 2

Manjinder Jagdev

Use what you learnt in your second year Research Informed Professional module to plan, design, carry out and present an education research project. This usually takes the form of a dissertation. It is up to you to decide the specific focus and title of your project. This will need to be agreed with your tutor, who will be there to support you in carrying out your own independent research. Learning to analyse and respond to research which critically informs your teaching will be an asset throughout your career.
  • Revisit the final and brief 2PRI01 lecture that was on 28th June, just after SE2.  
  • Start to think about possible areas of interest, relevance, concern, etc. that could potentially develop into your final year research project.  
  • Use the form on 2PRI01 Moodle that was shared in the lecture.  
  • The focus at the early stage is ideas. If you have several, viable ideas then you are more likely to arrive at one about which you are happy and that also has strong potential as a research project.   
  • In the early stages of 3PRI01, we will help you to refine these ideas and then narrow down the choice until you have the strongest, most interesting, and of course, ethical proposal that you can make.  
Professional Electives

3PEE01 – Early Years Education

Sarah Trussler

Watch the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHV4OlvCumw and follow the related links as you watch: 

Link to the new Early Years Foundation Stage Framework document

Link to the Birth to 5 Matters document 

Link to the builders video 

Link to the video on setting up an environment 

3PEP01 – Philosophy & Thinking for Children

Richard Day

3PEC01 – Creativity in Education

Peter Raymond

3PEL01 – Learning Outside the Classroom

Lucy Sors

As you were unable to attend a Settings Other then Schools Placement this year due to Covid-19, we are asking you to seek to take part in an LOTC experience between now and the start of the module.  
 This could include: 

  • accompanying a school trip 
  • observing forest, beach or wilderness schools  
  • observing LOTC in a school environment 
  • observing outdoors provision in an Early Years setting 
    taking part in an LOTC experience in a holiday club 

 During and following your experience, please take notes and reflect on the key points which we have covered through this year’s LOTC module. It might be useful for you to recap on this prior to your visit. Please complete the reflection sheet & bring to your first session.  You will find this and a covering letter on the 2PPS01 Moodle page.