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Schemes of Work

What to Include in a Scheme of Work?

This is largely a matter of preference for the Head of Department.

Advantages of more detailed schemes of work:

  • it is easier for you, as Head of Department, to monitor the work of the teachers in your team
  • you can ensure coverage of the whole syllabus by checking team members are up-to-date.
  • it saves everyone from re-inventing the wheel each year as the topics come around
  • it captures and shares good lessons, good activities.
  • it can include ICT activities, resources, suggestions. to support less experienced mathematics teachers or non-specialists.
  • you can ensure a strong emphasis on mental work, Using and Applying Mathematics.

However some teachers feel restricted by 'compulsory' schemes of work and some freedom may be entirely appropriate!

Schemes of Work Could Include

  • an overview of the term as a whole
  • objectives to be covered
  • timing
  • differentiation
  • text book references
  • NC levels
  • assessment arrangements /opportunities
  • investigation slots
  • key vocabulary
  • links to other mathematical topics
  • cross curricular links, including S, M, S, C
  • links to literacy, Citizenship, PSHE. + Specialist Status eg Business Enterprise.
  • suggestions for practical work, games, OHTs. + copies of worksheets not in the textbook.
  • references to VAK learning styles
  • key questions
  • KS3 NNS resources
  • Starter activities
  • Plenaries

Sample Schemes of Work

Hertfordshire secondary school mathematics departments have provided the following schemes of work: