I’m just trying to get my head round the first lot of maths planning for next term. I’ve got to plan unit A3 and try to cover as many of the MaST requirements as possible. I also need to focus on my higher abilitychildren and try to push as many as possible towards level 5 as well as get my level 3’s up to level 4.  Unit A3 is calculating and strongly focused on problem solving so it shouldn’t be too bad to include elements that I need to for MaST.

It all sounds fine until I look at my diary. The first week is fine but in the second week I’m only teaching 1 maths lesson out of 5. I have ppa every Tues am so I only ever teach 4 mornings. Then I also have a morning out for lesson obs as part of performance management, a morning on a course to introduce speaking and listening APP and then Friday morning is lost to hockey coaching.

It’s really difficult planning when you know that you’re not going to be there. I can plan in endless detail but there’s no guarantee that my plans will be followed. The last supply ignored my plans completely and did something totally different.

Ideally I would do a week on calculation methods followed by a week of problem solving where they use the methods. However it is the second week that I won’t really be teaching them so I need to put some of the problem solving into the first week so that I can deliver the lessons as I want to.

I’ve also got overcoming barriers 4-5 to look at to see if there is anything immediately useful as I haven’t had time to look at it properly yet.


One thought on “Planning

  1. Hi Wicked wItch! Wicked Wizard here!

    I don’t have much to add but wanted to encourage you to keep up the blog as a funnel for your thinking.

    I understand about the difficulty of planning for someone else. I often visualise what I think could be a great lesson but then someone else does it and it doesn’t work.

    I don’t think this is because I am a better teacher (far from it!) but maybe when you visualise yourself teaching a lesson you don’t always write down the bits that you do naturally and instinctively, and these little things are often the difference between success and failure.

    Anway, keep up the good work! AJx

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