Plan your curriculum like you would plan a city break holiday

My wife hates and loves it in equal measures when we go on a city break holiday. She loves the fact we get to see so much, but hates the detail with which I plan and sequence the events in advance. However within all of this, the flexibility always exists to deviate from a plan and investigate other sites and opportunities of interest.

Step one it decide where to go and decide what type of activities you wish to do there; your intent! Is it to see as many historical sites as possible? Or to visit every zoo, park, aquarium and theme park you can find? Once decided, plan this out, sequenced in an order that makes sense logically. No point hopping from one side of a country to the other only to come back again the next day!

Once clearly planned, implementing this plan is the next step. Ensure you do your research here; make sure everyone knows how to get around, how to get the best out of each place and what the best way to get to next place is. Remember to check you’ve got everything you need out of each site you have visited or  consider if you need to go back before moving on? Oh, and remember to take plenty of photos to remember what you did!

While this seems completely logical for planning a holiday, the parallels to planning a curriculum are clear. I was lucky enough to hear Heather Fearn (Ofsted Inspector, Curriculum and Development lead) speak recently, I and couldn’t help but see the following links:

  1. Where to go on holiday and what to do – Your curriculum intent – the outline and vision of what you want.
  2. Plan the actual visit day by day – Layout the curriculum in a logical order, build the outline of the schema, with clear lesson sequences that creates stories of knowledge and skill.
  3. Do your research to implement the holiday – Curriculum implementation; how best to deliver the curriculum you have planned. Conduct research in teaching methods and the science of how students learn. Link to this subject knowledge training for staff as well as pedagogical content knowledge (subject specific pedagogy) so they know how to best deliver each lesson.
  4. Check you’ve seen what you need to see – Assessment; check your pupils have learnt what they should have learnt and fill any gaps if required
  5. Photos – IMPACT! Measure the outcomes of your curriculum to ensure it has had the desired effect!

Let’s just hope curriculums for teachers are not as expensive as holidays for teachers!

Feel free to download this route map for designing a curriculum in the resources section


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