Engaging the unique characteristics of each individual and giving them the support to be the best they can be is at the heart of my teaching practice. Through sheer invention and passion my students really bring my schemes of work to life. I am very happy to share with you my projects, my ideas on planning and of course the wonderful work of my students.
As a curriculum leader the planning of exciting schemes of learning that reward creativity, breed confidence and embed independent working practices is essential. This planning should always be sustainable, include opportunities for self directed learning and be shared to enable the collective input of ideas to take place. I consider it crucial that all projects are:
A scheme of learning should be quick to write, easy to change or adapt and be illustrated. I use an app called Inkflow which allows me to drop a new project into my chosen format with real ease. Being able to regularly update my projects stops themes becoming dated.
In each scheme of learning, progressively from year 7 through to year 13, students should be provided with opportunities to direct their own learning. Self-directing activities give the teacher more time to observe student progress and make personalised interventions.
Copies of all Schemes of learning should be shared. They can be shared with parents via the school website, paper copies can be given to teaching assistants in advance of the project and students should receive their own copy to guide their own learning. Sharing gives others an improved chance of providing the right support.