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Toolkit Overview

Introduction to the Instructional Toolkit

(Electronic Version, December 2013)

 

Welcome to the electronic version of the Instructional Toolkit. You will notice that it is slightly different from the printed version, in that it provides more resources in the form of additional worksheets, Power Point presentations and photos. There are other additions to this toolkit. The following will outline the major changes.

 

New and/or Revised Learning Plans

Some learning plans and units have been updated since they were initially uploaded by the Ministry of Education in September 2013 at http://ow.ly/omBbE.

In some cases, learning plans have been slightly revised to provide more support for teachers. In other cases, new integrated as well as core skills learning plans have been included. These folders have been renamed with the word “revised” at the end of the folder name. Additionally, the words “revised” or “new lesson”, respectively have been added to the file names of the learning plans.

Some core skills lessons have also been added to Science, English Language Arts and Mathematics. Please check the Core Skills folders in the respective year levels for these lessons.

 

The English Language Arts Learning Units and Plans

This toolkit provides a number of sample English Language Arts learning plans. The electronic version of the toolkit contains all of the learning plans in the printed version. However, it also contains outlines of Learning Units which suggest further outcomes that teachers may use to create their own learning plans.

 

Happy exploration of the Instructional Toolkit!

 

Curriculum Development Division

December 2013

 

Introduction

Welcome to the Instructional Toolkit: a companion piece to the Curriculum Guide and Teachers’ Guide which have been developed to help you implement the National Primary School Curriculum of Trinidad and Tobago.

Curriculum Guide

·         The Curriculum Framework

·         General Learning Level Achievements

·         Outline of Themes

·         Rationales for 9 Subject Areas

·         Outcomes for 9 Subject Areas

Teachers’ Guide

·         Build out of themes

·         Brief Orientation on Learning Units and Learning Plans

·         The 5 Considerations

·         Some Suggested Teaching Approaches and Strategies

·         Glossary of  Key Terms

 

Instructional Toolkit

·         Integrated Learning Units and Learning Plans for all Themes

·         Core skills Learning Plans in Subject Area

·         Scope and Sequence: Mathematics

·         Scope and Sequence: Science

·         Assessment Rubrics for general performance areas

·         Assessment Rubrics for subject specific skills and tasks

 

In order to maximise your students’ learning experiences, it is recommended that you familiarise yourself with all of the documents in the series. The key features of each document are outlined in the figure below:

Figure 1: The National Curriculum Documents

 

Using the Toolkit

This Instructional Toolkit comes in two forms: a printed version and a digital version found in an accompanying CD. The main feature of both versions of this toolkit is the collection of learning units, learning plans and other resources that have been developed to maximise learning in the classroom.

 

The Printed Version of the Toolkit

            The printed version of this toolkit is divided as follows:

Section 1: Integrated Learning Plans, which contains all of the integrated learning plans, arranged by year level and themes. Table 1 presents all of the themes arranged according to terms.

 

Section 2: Core Skills Learning Plans, which contains learning plans arranged according to subject as follows:

  • Agricultural Science
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Visual and Performing Arts (Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Arts)
  • Values, Character and Citizenship Education (VCCE)

 

The Digital Version of the Toolkit

            The digital version of this toolkit contains more resources than the printed version since it contains not only learning units and learning plans (integrated and core skills), but also other resources not found in the printed version such as additional sample worksheets, observation checklists, photos and  Power Point Presentations. In most cases, worksheets and checklists appear immediately after the respective learning plans. The other resources appear in labelled folders.

The digital toolkit found on an accompanying CD is organised so that teachers can navigate through various folders. Figure 2 illustrates the organisation of the digital toolkit.

Table 1 also gives and overview of the themes that inspire the learning units and plans in a suggested sequence. Teachers are free to adjust this sequence to suit the needs of their students. It is hoped that this toolkit will provide many hours of exciting and enriching experiences for our nation’s children. Happy exploring!

                                                                                                     Table 1: Themes Distributed By Terms

Class

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Infants One:

Me and My World

People:

Myself, My family, My Friends

Places: Home, School, Community

 

Things: The Things Around Me

 

Activities: I Learn, I Play and I Work

 

Celebrations

 

Health and Well-being

Celebrations

 

 

Celebrations

 

 

 

Infants 2:

My Sense of Belonging

Mapping: My Immediate Worlds

 

Transportation: How I Get Around

My Built Community: Places I go

 

People: Heroes in My Life

Food: The Things I Eat

Celebrations

 

Celebrations

 

Celebrations

 

 

Standard 1:

My Country – The People and Cultures of T & T

The Past

The People

Leisure, Work and

Entrepreneurship

The Culture

 

 

 

 

Standard 2:

My Country: The Environment of T & T

Land

Water

The Economy

 

   

Standard 3:

Our Region – The Caribbean

Waters that Link and Divide Us

Different But the Same

In an Interdependent World

 

   

Standard 4: The World of Change

Media and Information

Understanding Change

Making choices

 

Standard 5:

Pulling it All Together – Projects and Subject Learning

Global Citizenship

Table 1: Themes Distributed By Term
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