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Some questions to ask when planning

What does our pedagogy look like? What would you like learning to be like?

At a recent staff meeting we asked these questions and discussed how we had moved forward with the curriculum over the last few years. We made the decision a while ago to break away from the more prescriptive, shallow learning approach offered by schemes and develop our own curriculum geared around our children and community interests and needs. We hope to give the children deeper learning experiences through a more relevant and exciting curriculum that is unique to Hawes Side. The questions below act as prompts when planning and help us to ensure we met our aims.

Immersion Activities

Is the topic exciting? Does it sound exciting? Is it relevant to the children? Does it ask them questions? Does it start with a big question?
What is our entry point stimulus – how do we engage learners? Excite and motivate them?
Are we starting from what pupils already know or what we think they know? How do we find this out?

Audience and effect

Who is the work for? Teachers, parents, peers, others? How does this affect the learning?
How does it connect to other learning? To real life experiences?

In lessons, is the balance right between pupil centred and adult led?
Do the pupils have the opportunity for independent learning? To use the skills they learn for application?

Presentation and review

How will it be presented? Use of technology?
Is an end of unit activity planned where the learning can be shared? What is the big finale?

Is the opportunity to reflect and review the work provided? Is the work assessed against clear objectives and success criteria? How do the children know if they have been successful? Who reviews the work? Self, peers, teachers, others?

How do the 5Rs impact on learning?

(Reflective, resourceful, resilient, risk taking and relationships)

How do we make use of other partners?

(Local, regional, national, global)

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