When planning units of work the following process is followed:
During planning sessions teaching teams select topics for Integrated Studies
- What are the understandings they want the children to have by the end of the unit?
- What Learning Outcomes can they provide an opportunity for children to meet by the end of the unit?
Prepare a breakdown for the term
In addition, a matrix of activities incorporating Bloom's Taxonomy and Gardner's Multiple Intelligences is prepared. Planning on the matrix ensures that the activities cater for a range of learning styles. The planning incorporates a multipronged approach where teachers plan specific activities to complement the unit and ensure that children have an opportunity to meet the planned learning outcomes. In addition the Inquiry Process is an integral aspect of the unit. We want to build on children's knowledge and their interests within the framework of the integrated topic.
The matrix is then used to plan the focus for each week, linking back to the understandings and also tying into the Inquiry Process. Contained in the weekly plan is:
- Details of the appropriate Learning Outcomes for the week.
- Details of the appropriate Teaching & Learning Activities and the Resources used.
The unit is a working document and modifications are made as the term progresses. The unit is evaluated by using a grid incorporating Bloom's Taxonomy and Gardner's Multiple Intelligences to audit the range of activities undertaken and ensure we are catering for a range of learning styles.