Medium term Planning

Deborah Weston

A medium term plan sets out a sequence of work in a subject area for a period of time usually a half term or a whole term but sometimes for a number of weeks or teaching hours.

The purpose of a medium term plan is:

  • to organise a coherent unit of work that:
    • demonstrates the learning objectives of each lesson and how the outcomes will be measured
    • indicates the learning and teaching activities that are planned in order to achieve those outcomes
    • ensures progression from the beginning of the unit to the end
    • will ensure co-ordination between those teaching a particular year group and a reference point for anyone who has to take on teaching the unit during the year

Many schools have their own preferred template for units of work. The template below was used by QCA for the 2006 exemplar units and may be useful where the local Agreed Syllabus, Diocesan or other guidelines have been developed using the non-statutory National Framework for RE (2004).

Unit Number: [e.g. Year group followed by number in the sequence –e.g. 7.1]

Title: As a question...

About the unit
This unit suggests activities that can be used to……[general statement about the aims of the unit]. It focuses on ….using the example of …. [name(s) of religions and beliefs]. It explores theme(s) of …… [Themes from the breadth of study section of the non-statutory National Framework]. This unit can be adapted for other religions and communities – including ……. according to your agreed syllabus or other guidelines. The children have opportunities to [experiences and opportunities]

This unit should take from …. to ….. hours.

Prior learning
It is helpful if children have:

Future learning
Children could go on to:

Where the unit fits in
This unit links with the following key stage # guidelines in the non-statutory national framework for RE:
Learning about religion and belief: [list references by number and letter]
Learning from religion and belief:
Religions and beliefs:
Experiences and opportunities:
This unit could build on what children might have already learnt about ….
It could be especially relevant to previous units about ….
It could be a foundation for further units about …...

Attitudes in the unit
This unit helps children develop the following three attitudes outlined in the non-statutory national framework for RE.
[select as from the four attitudes as appropriate and provide an e.g.]

Differentiated outcomes
During this unit children have opportunities to show their knowledge, understanding and skills. When working at the differentiated levels, children could give the following evidence.

  • Children working at level 2 could:
  • Children working at level 3 could:
  • Children working at level 4 could:
  • Children working at level 5 could:

In this unit children will have an opportunity to use words and phrases related to:

  • religion in general, e.g.
  • Christianity [or whatever religions], e.g.
  • religious and human experience, eg


1. [Key question for the lesson]

Learning Objectives Pupils/Children should:

Learning and teaching

Learning outcomes Pupils/Children:


  • know…
  • understand…
  • reflect on…
  • see further explanation in the Learning objectives and outcomes section
  • Summarise the main activities of the lesson as a bulleted list
  • see further explanation in the Learning objectives and outcomes section
  • This space provides an opportunity for reminders and additional information to be recorded