Curriculum Design – some questions to ask

This week we have been looking carefully at our curriculum design and the matrix below has acted as a prompt when planning.   The first consideration is, does the topic sound exciting?   Starting with a big question or catchy title can act as a great hook to grab the children’s attention.   We make good use of local resources, getting the children out and about or bringing in members of the community to fire the children’s imaginations.

The second big consideration is ‘who is the work for?’ The children love to share their learning within the class, across the school or with their peers in partner schools nationally and globally.   Within school we look for opportunities to involve parents and families, to open classes up as museums or galleries, to put on special assemblies and workshops that give the children a specific audience and outcome to work towards.

We are conscious that inappropriate use of technology doesn’t support the children’s learning so we think carefully at the planning stage about the most relevant use of web 2.0, green screen and mobile technologies.  Staff and children are becoming more and more adept at finding the just the right use of technology to support and enhance learning opportunities.

Giving the children time to reflect on their learning is something that can easily be lost, so we make sure that this important part of the learning process is planned.   We also encourage dialogue around learning outside the classroom, within families and through online forums.   Staff are constantly looking at how make can make the most of every learning opportunity and at the beginning of term it is great to spend some time doing just that.

Immersion activities

Is the topic   exciting?  




Does it sound exciting?   Is it relevant to the   children?  
Does it ask the   children questions?  




What is the entry   point stimulus?   What do the children   already know?  

Audience, purpose,   effect

Who is the work for?  




How does it connect   to other learning? Real life experiences?   Are there   opportunities for independent learning?  

                                              Presentation and review

How will the learning   be shared?  




Is relevant   technology employed?   What end of unit   activity is planned?  
Is ample time planned   for children to reflect on their learning?  




Is the work assessed   against clear objectives?   Is there clear   success criteria?  




About smichael920

Headteacher of a large primary school in North West England. Helping me to blur the distinction between work and home, I am also father of five, covering most phases of education thus giving me the lowdown from within and without. Education is about enjoying today and preparing for tomorrow. This can't be done using the tools of the past. View all posts by smichael920

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