The teacher’s planning

Planning for the development of skills and concepts 

The teacher’s scheme of work should focus on both concepts and skills. Learning activities should:

  • Be based on children’s existing ideas, help to test predictions based on these ideas and change ideas to better fit the evidence
  • Arouse curiosity and stimulate exploration and investigation
  • Optimise opportunities for the children to interact with materials and a range of ideas from other children, from adults and from a variety of secondary sources, such as books, videos and other media
  • Help children to test their ideas and predictions through investigating and designing and making