Tools for planning

This section is the second step in the GeoCapabilities process. It offers some tools that can help teachers identify goals and objectives, teaching methods, and assessment.

Planning seeks to explore the Future 3 curriculum the teachers build to deal with migration in a social justice context in their classrooms. 

Selecting and using artefacts is key to the planning stage. A learning artefact (or educational artefact) is an object selected or created by teachers during their lesson preparation.

An artefact is a rich resource, used in the classroom on which a lesson or series of lessons hang. Examine some of the artefacts developed by associate teachers to the GeoCapabilities project.

The artefact can be returned to, is multi-layered in meaning and, used with your teaching approaches (the activities and enquiry you use to develop understanding) it can help unlock the potential of the geography expressed in a vignette. A well chosen photograph, or infographic, a piece of text, speech, song…any form of media can make a rich artefact.

In preparing to deliver powerful geographic knowledge, teachers used a planning tool. Download the Powerful Knowledge teacher planning tool template.

Here is a completed example of the planning framework tool from Dan Whitall, a teacher working on the project:

In planning teaching, the project developed a pupil evaluation tool, for you to use with your students, to find out what they know and understand before. The same template of questions can also be used after you have taught the students.

View the planning tool – emigration.

The example provided is for one teacher, teaching migration with a focus on the concept of ‘home’.

This evaluation tool can be adapted by you, depending on the topic you are teaching.


Review examples of lesson planning materials from Belgium

Patsy’s lessons
Tabitha’s lessons
Anton’s lessons


Case Study: Developing a curriculum artefact

The curriculum artefact in this case study is an Irish folk song called ‘Kilkelly’. Several versions are available online:

Version 1 Irish Roses (Song only: female voice).

Version 2 Robbie O’Connell with Mick Moloney. With lyrics.

Version 3 Moloney, O’Connell and Keane. Video, lyrics not shown.

It is important to realise that the Kilkelly song portrays real events. There is more information on the family history here: The Hunt family and Kilkelly.

The presentation below introduces a curriculum making workshop about artefacts. It demonstrates how a resource can be given special significance. The learning resource used here is an Irish folk song.

It is made into a curriculum artefact when it is used as a highly productive source of data for investigating international migration.