There are different ways of describing medium-term plans. For the purpose of these materials, a medium-term plan is a planned sequence of work for a subject (or for more than one subject) for a period of weeks, such as a half term or term, or for a number of lessons.
Medium-term planning focuses on organising coherent units of work. Medium-term plans identify learning objectives and outcomes and indicate the activities that will enable these to be achieved. They usually show a sequence of activities that will promote progression and some information about the amount of time needed to cover the objectives (whether in blocked periods or regular lessons over a period of weeks).
Using the schemes in medium-term planning
Many schools use units from the schemes of work as the basis for their medium-term plans, as they contain much of the information needed for this level of planning. Teachers adapt the units in various ways to make them better fit their school context and the needs and abilities of their class. (See the 'Adapting units' section for more information.)
Rather than creating medium-term plans in a different planning format, many teachers simply photocopy and annotate the existing units or edit the units as Word files, so that they can be easily shared, re-used, copied or amended. See creating and editing word files for more information.
Look at the 'Examples' section to see medium-term plans from two different teachers.