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Planning & Assessment

Long Term Planning - Big Questions

Below is an outline of the 'big questions' that we will be using as a stimulus for our learning across a range of subjects in Year 5. We have created these questions as they enable us to cover the statutory guidance of The National Curriculum, whilst working as a hook to engage the learning of our class. In addition to these questions, pupils are also given the opportunity at the beginning of each term to put forward sub-questions to the class, considering what they would like to learn more about and why. These questions are additionally used to inform our class planning, promoting a positive learning community where pupils feel that their questions are valued and explored.

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Medium Term Planning

Links to our big learning questions will be made across all subjects where appropriate. This is to encourage our pupils to become immersed in our termly focus and to be able to apply their questioning and investigation skills within a range of contexts. Below are the planning webs of the big questions that we have explored so far this year. These webs work as a guide for the term but may be adapted depending on the progression of our learning as a class. 

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Our lessons are informed by a learning intention that is communicated and discussed with the children within every subject. Pupils are encouraged to reflect upon their understanding of every learning intention, self-assessing their work using the traffic light method. Children are assessed informally against each learning intention, allowing the teacher to know which areas pupils require support or extension with. 


Children are also assessed formally using the schools data tracking system 'Target Tracker', enabling teachers to identify and address any gaps in knowledge that have not yet been demonstrated by a pupil.