What are the Safar Schemes of Work (Teacher's Guides)?
- A scheme of work (SoW) is a plan of what you will teach during Islamic Studies lessons throughout the academic year. It is designed to accompany the Safar Publications' textbooks and workbooks, and using them will help you deliver each lesson effectively.
- The Schemes of Work are divided into terms to make it easy to administer assessments, give you a structure to follow, as well as give you lesson components that are needed to teach the Safar Learn about Islam textbooks and workbooks. Rather than just being a teaching plan, we have tried our best to make the SoWs not only essential for lesson planning, but have also included important advice, tips and ideas on making the learning interesting, meaningful and linked to prior learning. This makes our Schemes of Work an ideal teacher's companion.
- The Schemes of Work (SoW) can also be a working document that the teacher uses for prior planning; it's printed on A4 clear paper on which you can write and make notes.
Why should I use the Safar Schemes of Work?
The Safar Schemes of Work has the following key features:
- Clear learning objectives and outcomes for each lesson. These aims are also differentiated, meaning that we have given you objectives to use for teaching that all students must meet, objectives that you can encourage most students to meet and objectives you can encourage some students, particularly the more able students, to meet. Here is an example:
- Engaging activity ideas. The Schemes of Work contain multiple activity ideas for teaching each lesson in the classroom. The activities vary in length (for which we have given time guidlines) as well as format, that is whether it is a starter, main or summary (plenary) activity to be used at the end of a lesson. The activities also vary in their style and type of learning invlolved, meaning some are active and practical activities, some might involve group or individual work or others might be more reflective or visual/audtitory activity. All of this is noted for you in the notes under each activity. You can see some examples below:
- Links to previous learning. The SoW will also contain, where relevant, links to previous taught materials so you can link a student's learning in a interesting and thoughtful way.
- Purposeful teaching advice and notes. The SoW also provides, where needed, additional notes and advice on creating resources to use in the classroom. Think of these as little reminders and helpful tips! For example:
- Ideas for making lessons meaningful To inspire you even further, we have also ideas for making learning relevant to contemporary issues, as well as using other forms of learning, such experiential learning:
- Extended project and homework. We have also provided ideas for extendeding the learning into projects and other homework.
- Assessments and testing. Our Schemes of Work also contain advice on testing anf assessment as well as where you can use features and elements in the workbooks: