Why is the heading Learning objectives included in the short-term planning templates?
Some content objectives are stated in broad terms in the curriculum to reflect learning that will occur over a long period of time. You may wish to refine these broadly stated objectives to identify and plan for the learning that you hope to achieve in the period of time represented by your short-term plan.
Here's an example from the English curriculum to illustrate a content objective stated in broad terms.
English>> Senior infants >>Writing>> Competence and confidence in using language
Content objective: Write and draw frequently
Let's refine this content objective to identify the learning that will be achieved in the period of time represented by your short-term plan:
Learning objective: to enable the children to write captions for a Wall Story based a retell of Farmer Duck.
The next example from the Science curriculum illustrates when there is no need to refine the content objective as it is stated in terms that are specific enough to clearly identify the learning to be achieved for the period of time represented by your short-term plan. In this case the planning heading Learning objectives will not be needed.
Science>> Fifth and Sixth>>Energy and forces >>Magnetism and electricity
Content objective: Learn that magnets can push or pull magnetic materials
So, in short, you will use your own discretion to decide when you to plan under the heading Learning objectives.
|It should be noted that Newly Qualified Teachers are required to use Learning objectives for all short-term planning.