Planning a Unit of Work 1
What are the big ideas of the block?
; Look at the block overview diagram to see the key elements of
maths within this block
What does learning look like in this unit?
; Read the unit overview. What are the big ideas for this unit?
; Identify the links between the big ideas of learning
; Look at the objectives and the learning outcomes expressed
through “I can …” statements for the unit in order to gauge the
expectation associated with each objective
; Look at the unit objectives from the block overview and track these
across the year to inform decisions about weighting throughout the
year (use handout 3.2 or Y3 Mapping grid)
; Check the objectives against the learning overview to gain
understanding of the depth and coverage within the unit
How can I build on what my children know?
; Look at the “Building on prior learning” prompts alongside your
ongoing assessments. Where are the strengths and weaknesses in
terms of you children against this prior learning – are there any
gaps? – do you need any further assessments? – The answers to
these questions will help inform your starting point for this unit.
; Use the strengths and weaknesses to identify from the learning
overview those areas that will need less emphasis and the aspects
that will need more attention either for the class as a whole or for
groups of children
What do I need to teach my class during this unit?
; Look again at the objectives/children’s learning outcomes for this
unit. Based on your knowledge of the children, together with the
coverage of these objectives over the year, decide which you need
; Which objectives can be kept “on the boil” – (these could be
objectives where the class is reasonably secure or objectives that
will be revisited several times). These objectives could be
addressed largely through mental/oral starters though you will
need to consider extending learning at the same time ; Differentiate the learning outcomes supported by the “I can…”
statements for the unit, remembering to track backwards and
forwards where necessary for different groups of children. ; Begin to consider where Objectives can be linked during the same
teaching and learning activities