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Best and worst subject to plan and resource?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by cally1980, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. cally1980

    cally1980 Established commenter

    Im just sorting out powerpoints and resources for the week and thought id procrastinate by asking forumers about their planning preferences!I love planning & resourcing Literacy, it is well and truly my comfort zone! I can differentiate with ease, know exactly what to say and how to explain concepts etc etc. Same goes for History and all the humanities really. Maths on the other hand is a struggle! It takes me hours longer than it should, because I find it difficult meeting the broad needs of my class and am unsure of the best way to get a balance between practical learning and necessary book work.
  2. Although I like both subjects, I find Science and History a nightmare to plan. That bloody QCA scheme of work is an absolute joke. The children are going to spend a whole lesson on sorting stones into categories like 'colour'? Seriously? So I go there for my LOs and then trawl the internet looking for interesting resources an' that and I just seem to find nothing! I spent, like, an hour earlier today just planning one lesson and I still think it's kinda boring...
    I like English the best. Sure, some units are a bit **** but even when I think it's a little dull, I don't find it stressful or difficult. Getting paid to read Just William? Okay... :)
  3. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    as supply trying toplan anything in pimary can be a nightmare as you dont have access to computer of resources half the time.........nor do you find the pictures,resources you need
    Planning re can be a pain as there is not much kept in school..and a subject like islam needs resouces...or a theme of god.
    D&T can also be a pain as tools are scattered and there is never enough recources.
  4. Anonymous

    Anonymous New commenter

    PE - planning relatively easy but I just hate teaching it.
    Art as well - children are way more creative than me.
    Oh and Music - best left to a specialist teacher.
    But I love history, science, geography, RE, ICT
    Literacy - OK - if non fiction, fiction - well ok but poetry. Hate it.
    Maths - planning a pain but a good challenge to teach.
    DT - again OK but it's quite amazing at the different speed groups can work at when making things.
  5. Just in case people don't know - the QCA units are not, and never were, statutory. Indeed, I hope no one is still using them for ICT, as completely outdated now.

    If you are a non-specialist, or even if you are, NCETM website is great for maths: you can do a self assessment on your subject knowledge and pedagogies, and for any area you are unsure about, it will give you loads of advice and ideas.
  6. I love planning and teaching PE and it really bugs me that so many schools give it such a low priority. I'll admit that it is not an easy subject to teach though if you lack basic fitness or co-ordination as you won't be able to model the skills you are trying to teach.
    RE is the subject I find hard to plan for as I just don't like teaching it. Perhaps I'll replace it with 1 hour a week of Buddhist meditation/sleeping lions.
  7. There's a lots of good RE websites out there including the TES and www.barnabasinschools.org.uk for Christianity and RE.

    Best of luck...

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