Planning is a vital part of being a teacher. Planning and Preparation is one of the criteria for successful completion of your NQT year therefore it is very important.

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Your 1st and main point of reference when planning is the primary school curriculum which you can download here.

School plans are also important as there may be certain topics that are taught in your year group/ certain topics taught in each month.

Your planning is not set in stone – the paperwork is a guideline and should contain annotations and comments of things you notice that worked well with your class or if you notice a child didn’t understand and requires further revision, or if something happened that meant you couldn’t complete the activity.


Time table

Long term (termly plans)

Short term (weekly plans)

Cuntas Míosúil (decided on within the school context)

Assessment Folder

Long Term;

September – December (Holidays)

January – End of Year


September – December

January – Easter

Easter – End of Year

Long Term Plan should have these parts;

  • Term
  • Class level
  • Subject
  • Aims (General – from curriculum)
  • Strands and Strand Units
  • Overview of content objectives to be taught and or examples of learning activities
  • Skills and concepts to be developed
  • Approaches and methodologies
  • Resources
  • Differentiation
  • Assessment
  • Linkage and Integration

Short term;

During your NQT year, you are required to write weekly plans for each subject. Your weekly plans should include;

  • Date
  • Class level
  • Subject
  • Strand
  • Strand Unit
  • Content Objective
  • Skills
  • Learning Objectives
  • Learning activities
  • Resources
  • Differentiation
  • Assessment
  • Linkage and Integration
  • Reflection

Templates for planning are available from NIPT here.