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Educational Research

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Educational Research

Curriculum Assignment

Student Number: 3931552

Word Count: 6,529

Contents
1.1 Abstract3
1.2 Description and Analysis of Scheme of Work A4
1.3 Literature on pupils’ learning and progression8
1.4 The revised Scheme of Work13
1.5 Assessment in the revised Scheme17
1.6 Detailed comment on lessons in the Scheme21
1.7 Professional Development26
Bibliography30

1. Abstract
The following paper is a research project written for a PGCE (M) Course in Teaching Secondary English. Research has been conducted into contemporary teaching and learning issues, in this case Differentiation and the teaching of Creative Writing skills. The tasks presented were considered in order to give deeper insight into learning and how this operates, aiding reflection and the production of more effective Schemes of Work and Lesson Plans.

2. Description and Analysis of Scheme of Work A.
The scheme of work I am using for this Assignment was aimed at a Top Set Year 7 (Key Stage 3) group of 28 pupils, over a space of 13 lessons in 6 weeks. It was the half term for them to cover the novel, and given the freedom to work with a text of my choice from a list, I settled on Michael Morpurgo’s ‘War Horse’. I felt the text would allow plenty of discussion about impartial narration, good and evil and writer’s use of empathy as well as opening possibilities for the cross curricular focus on World War One historical context and use of propaganda. The text also fits nicely into assessment possibilities, with many characters with very different traits to discuss and write about, as well as the emotive theme of loss to inspire Creative Writing. As my placement school did not have any implemented Schemes of Work, the initial Scheme (Appendix A) was written entirely by me. I was advised by my mentor that as a top set, the...