Learning objectives and learning outcomes

Deborah Weston

Learning objectives are what the teacher intends the pupils to learn:

  • What do you want pupils to know?
  • What key ideas do you want them to understand?
  • What issues do you want pupils to explore and reflect upon?


Learning outcomes will inform you if you have succeeded

  • they must be student focused
  • contain an active verb, most often describing a skill
  • written in terms of student attainment

Example

from the QCA (2006) unit for year 3:

Why do some people think Jesus is inspirational?

The learning objectives for the first lesson in the unit were as follows:

Children should:

  • know some of the symbolic language used to describe Jesus
  • understand some possible meanings of Biblical accounts of the statements that Jesus made about himself
  • reflect on the importance of these statements for Christians.

The outcomes for this lesson are:

Children:

  • suggest possible meanings for the symbols used in the ‘I am’ sayings
  • use some of the ‘I am’ sayings to talk about Jesus
  • respond with sensitivity to questions about how Jesus might influence people today.

Direction-2.jpgThe first learning objective indicates that we want children to know some of the symbolic language used to describe Jesus.
We will know we have succeeded if pupils suggest possible meanings for the symbols used in the ‘I am’ sayings. This is therefore the first of the planned outcomes.

Direction-2.jpgThe second learning objective indicates that we want the children to understand some possible meanings of Biblical accounts of the statements that Jesus made about himself. We will know we have succeeded if use some of the ‘I am’ sayings to talk about Jesus. This is therefore the second of the planned outcomes.

Direction-2.jpgThe third learning objective indicates that we want the children to reflect on the importance of these statements for Christians. We will know we have succeeded if pupils respond with sensitivity to questions about how Jesus might influence people today. This is therefore the third of the planned outcomes.