Short term planning

Deborah Weston

A short term plan sets out what pupils should learn in a single lesson/session or sometimes over a day or a week. A short term plan allows an individual teacher to adapt the lesson content, structure and methodology to suit their own teaching group and preferred style.

A teacher might add prompts and reminders such as the key questions they want to ask, possible misinterpretations they need to watch for and areas to emphasise based on his or her prior knowledge of the group.

A short term plan often also includes details such as differentiation that will ensure the lesson is tailored to the needs of all the pupils in the class as well opportunities for day-to-day assessment.

When the medium term plan is detailed, producing a short term plan need not be such a time-consuming task. The learning objectives, outcomes and teaching activities will already be described, so the task of short term planning can be more focused on fine tuning to suit a particular teaching group than planning the lesson from scratch.

As with medium term planning, many schools have a preferred template. The plan below is offered as an example:

RE Short Term Plan

Lesson Title: (Could be expressed as a question)

Title of Unit of Work

Year Group

Learning Objectives: (indicate whether it is AT1 or AT2 if appropriate to your Agreed Syllabus, Diocesan or other guidelines)

Pupils should:

Know …

Understand …

Reflect on …

Learning Outcomes: Pupils:

Assessment Strategies:

Key concepts / vocabulary

Cross Curricular Links

Inclusion / Differentiation How will the lesson meet the needs of the more able and those with special educational needs and in what ways does it value / take account of diversity within the class?

Preparation / Resources

needed for the lesson (including staff, audio vidual material, books, artefacts etc)

Teaching, key questions, timing and activity – teacher’s delivery, key questions you might ask and what the children are going to do