8 Ideas for Teaching Outstanding Lessons in Primary Schools

8 Ideas for Teaching Outstanding Lessons in Primary Schools

Planning an outstanding lesson - smallWhen it comes to creating an outstanding lesson, there are many variations because we all have different opinions of what makes a lesson outstanding. Also, different things work for different teachers and pupils, this plays a big part of how effective a lesson is.

I have listed some ideas that you may choose to incorporate into your existing or new outstanding lesson plans to help make the lessons even more effective!

1. Remember everyone learns differently
Each child within your class may pick things up differently or may have disabilities or impairments that affect the way in which they learn, take this into account to make sure no one feels left out and all are able to participate even if it’s in different ways. Teaching lesson outside can really help to engage many pupils.

2. Be passionate about what your teaching
If your pupils can see how passionate you are about a subject, they can easily “catch” the enthusiasm and become increasingly interested in the subject, therefore making the lesson more fun, interesting and rewarding for the pupil.

3. Make sure each lesson is relevant
When planning the lessons try to make them relevant to the wider curriculum by linking it to other projects or subjects, this can help them in other lessons and may introduce a wider understanding of this subject along with other subjects for the pupils.

4. Include Goals that are realistic and achievable
When creating a lesson plan, give each pupil a goal of what to achieve by the end of the project. Make sure this goal is easy for them to understand as they will then find it easier to work towards it. It’s also important that you don’t give them a goal that is too hard or too far out of reach, you want to challenge your pupils but not push them too far to remove any enjoyment.

5. Get them engaged from the start
Get your pupils alert and listening form the very start of your lesson by grabbing their attention and get them excited about the lesson ahead right from the start.

6. Keep them excited about what they’ve learnt
By finishing your lesson on a high note and keeping a strong focus rather than slowing down towards to end will give your pupils drive and enthusiasm for the next lesson. Also use the end of the lesson to ask pupils if they have any questions or didn’t understand anything, you can help them understand the parts they were struggling with and re-grab their attention.

7. Allow yourself time to assess each lesson
At the first point of creating the lesson plan, give yourself a time to assess the pupil’s progress and to see if the lesson is working, this way, you can alter the lesson slightly or carry on the way it is and keep notes for future lesson plans.

8. Put together back up plans
If you find from assessing your lesson that it does need to be changed slightly by either making it harder, easier or by changing the teaching technique then make sure you write some plans before the lessons start so that you can incorporate them as soon as you need to, to save your pupils losing interest.

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Good luck with your lesson plans and I hope the above ideas offer some help or inspiration. You can also download our free how to get the most out of your canopy guide for even more ideas for teaching outside:


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