6a iv). Define “schemes of work”
The scheme of work is a detailed, logical and sequential plan that interprets the syllabus into units that can be used in a teaching-learning institution.
Alternative definition: It can also be defined as the breakdown of the syllabus into manageable units which could be covered in a specific period of time lasting for either a week(s), month(s) or a whole year.
A) State the importance of scheming in teaching.
- It makes teaching both systematic and orderly since it ensures that topics in the syllabus are taught in an orderly manner starting with the simplest to the most complex
- It ensures that every topic in the syllabus is covered.
- It enables the teacher to budget for time wisely giving room for events and activities which might interfere with the school calendar e.g. public holidays, prize-giving day, sports day etc.
- It gives the teacher an insight t0 teaching by enabling the teacher to identify content, methods and relevant instructional materials which he/she is going to use in the lesson thus giving him/her enough time to sort out the requirements.
- It guides the teacher in making a lesson plan.
- It checks the teacher’s pace of teaching.
- It is useful during the transition when a teacher is transferred, the incoming teacher will easily take over from where she/he had reached avoiding repetition or omission. This ensures continuity in the learning process.