Planning Advice

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Long term planning

 

For schools looking to cover the outcomes of the new National Curriculum for England 2014, we have provided a number of documents which will support your long term planning and choice of IPC units.

These are:

Sample route plans: we have created two sample route plans which offer schools coverage of the National Curriculum in all IPC subjects, apart from PE. These sample route plans offer the quickest possible way of covering the National Curriculum – where possible there are spare weeks left over in the route plans so that you can add in other IPC units of your choice. Within each Milepost, the unit order can be changed (and probably should be changed, we haven’t designed a ‘narrative’ in terms of the order that the units appear in). These sample route plans are based on our NEW units of work, and our existing units of work which we’re UPDATING. Details of these can be found by following the tabs to the left of this page. These units will be released on our website from now until the end of June 2014 so please keep checking to ensure you have the latest versions to plan with. You should read the accompanying FAQs before using the sample route plans.

For our sample route plans please click here

For the accompanying FAQs please click here

Cross reference documents: we have created cross reference documents for all subjects of the IPC, showing which of our units guarantee coverage of the outcomes of the new National Curriculum for England 2014. These documents also show which units are ‘worth exploring’ – ie. have the potential to cover the outcomes of the new National Curriculum if schools are prepared to do their own tweaking and adapting to make this happen. This documents offer schools greater control over choosing their route through the IPC units. They are based on our NEW units of work, and our existing units of work which we’re UPDATING. Details of these can be found by following the tabs to the left of this page. These units will be released on our website from now until the end of June 2014 so please keep checking to ensure you have the latest versions to plan with. You should read the accompanying FAQs before using the cross reference documents.

For our cross reference documents please click here

For the accompanying FAQs please click here

Online Route Planner: our online Route Planner does NOT track coverage of the new National Curriculum for England 2014. For information on National Curriculum coverage, please use our cross reference documents which have been specifically designed for this purpose. We would still advise that schools plan their route of units on the online Route Planner however as it helps them to monitor the breadth and depth of the different subject areas within the IPC. We would advise schools to wait for all our NEW units and UPDATED units to be released before creating new online route plans.  Details of these can be found by following the tabs to the left of this page. These units will be released on our website from now until the end of June 2014 so please keep checking to ensure you have the latest versions to plan with.

For the online Route Planner please click here

 





Medium term planning

 

Once schools have completed their long term planning, we strongly advise teachers to get together to medium term plan their next unit of work. Collaboration is key – giving teachers the time to develop the skill of planning, and ensuring they have taken all the practical and learning-focused elements of planning into account. For example, have they included personal and international learning? How are they tacking any challenges of timing and resourcing? Have they thought about the implications of whether the outcomes are knowledge, skills and understanding and what this means for their classroom strategies, assessment and reporting? One method that works really well is to take a unit of work and map it out on a large piece of flipchart paper. Here you can get an overview of the learning and start making important decisions about content, coverage, depth and breadth of learning and so on. Check out the accompanying slides for examples and advice with this. Most importantly, bring staff together to share their planning and ideas, so that everyone can celebrate the learning that is happening in school.

Example:

For our presentation on medium term planning click here.

For our presentation on medium term planning (called "Planning an IPC Unit Workshop") click here.

 

 




Lesson planning

 

For the day to day lesson planning, most schools simply print out copies of our units and write on these. The basic lesson plans have been written for you in each task, but teachers may want to amend these with notes on differentiation, key questions, home learning opportunities, additional resources etc. The most important part of this working document will be your assessments and evaluations after each lesson has taken place. This process will decide the direction of the learning for the next day, so your evaluations become lesson plans in themselves.

Example:

If you have any questions or wish to find out more about planning with the IPC, please contact the membership team on [email protected] or give us a call on 0207 531 9696.

 

 


 

Mixed age planning

We know that mixed age planning is a challenge for schools, particularly with the expectations of the new National Curriculum for England 2014.

We haven't plotted a route through our specific units as we feel schools are best placed to make decisions about these based on their individual circumstances and contexts. However, two of our associate trainers have been working on a document to provide teachers with general advice on planning for mixed age classes.We hope you find it useful!

If you have any suggested route plans for mixed age classes, and are happy to share these with other IPC member schools, then please email [email protected].

For general advice on mixed age planning please click here.