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Detailed planning, powerful learning: what do I want students to remember about the British Empire?

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Improving Teaching

If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could better judge what to do, and how to do it.”
                 Abraham Lincoln, 1858

Good planning offers a sense of direction, helping us ensure students learn what we hope they will.  I’ve taught successful lessons pulled together in moments, because that lesson’s role in a sequence, and my long-term aims, were clear.  Equally, I’ve spent hours designing lessons which achieved little due to insufficient clarity about their ultimate purpose.  Curriculum design matters.

I’ve been trying to refine how I plan schemes of work.  Take the first page of this example:

A&B scheme

This isn’t a bad plan.  It is designed around fertile (intriguing and worthwhile) questions.  Each lesson is linked to second-order concepts as specified in the 2008 National Curriculum, (although jamming three into one lesson is unhelpful).  It describes, loosely, what students should be able to…

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