Preparations Before They Start

Learning is, at its most basic, scaffolded new knowledge and skills upon the pre-existing. What comes before shapes what is learned and how it is interpreted and assimilated. Also, instances and the mood of the learner (and the teacher) directly prior to the lesson will change the dynamics of the shared classroom experience.

In this week’s #UKEdChat discussion we are talking about prior learning before children enter the school system, what they need to be ‘secondary ready’ and how everyone can best prepare for your lesson immediately preceding it.


  1. What skills/learning should be in place to make children ready to first enter the school system in early years?
  2. Are there things which shouldn’t be taught at home before entering the school system in early years?
  3. In your opinion, what does a ‘secondary ready’ pupil look like?
  4. What is the single most important thing parents can do to help their children start your phase of education well?
  5. What does education really prepare pupils for?
  6. How can pupils best prepare themselves for your lessons?
  7. What can we as teachers do to help pupils be prepared for learning across the school?
  8. How do you prepare for challenging lessons or professional tasks?

Read the archive of tweets from this session

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Martin Burrett is the editor of our popular UKEdMagazine, along with curating resources in the ICTMagic section, and free resources for teachers on UKEd.Directory

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