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Planning learning over time

Planning how the learning activities will be ‘timetabled’, for example over a week, will enable time to be built in for you to review work. This may be to give feedback to the children, identify their progress, or simply a sharing point for them to compare work with each other.

In difficult times such as these, it’s important to make time for feedback so that children and parents can feel supported by teachers and they’re not doing this alone.

It’s also important to plan to revisit previous learning after a gap, perhaps using a different context for the same ideas, to help consolidate learning.

We’ve provided an example using the planning template from the previous step, applied to a sequence of learning for Year 5 pupils who have previously learned about properties and changes of materials.

An existing learning sequence or lesson plan might look like the first example. The second example shows how it can be easily changed to think about remote learning, considering the roles of teachers, parents and pupils.

Preparing to plan

Download the planning template we introduced in the last step.

Choose one of your existing plans, start to adapt it to remote using one of these templates. As you go through next week, refine your plan with the tools and ideas you’ll see, adding in ideas for a topic you have coming up, and build up your sequence.


What challenges do you expect to come across in planning your sequence? Do you prefer the template with or without the additional columns?

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Teaching for Home Learning: Primary Science

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