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Last reviewed on 12 September 2017
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School types: All · School phases: Primary

Are there medium and long-term plans for the primary maths curriculum? We relay advice from one of our associate experts on the purpose of medium and long-term planning, and link to guidance on effective planning. We also link to examples of medium-term maths plans from primary schools.

Developing medium and long-term plans

One of our associate education experts, Charlotte Raby, explained that a long-term plan should show the topics teachers will cover, but not in detail. The long-term plan should include headlines from the curriculum and some of the intended outcomes.

She said a long-term plan is a generic document from which you make more specific medium-term plans. For example, the long-term plan could set out the topic for a half term, and the medium-term plan could detail particular resources to be used, activities and outcomes.

A long-term plan may say when assessments will take place, but the specifics of each assessment should be explained in the medium-term plan.

Charlotte explained that a long-term plan might last for a long time, perhaps years, because the overarching goals in it will remain the same. This is not the case for medium-term plans because the curriculum, pupils and resources change.

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