Instructions and advice for creating a Scheme of Learning in Sparx
If you are not sure what a Scheme of Learning is in Sparx please see our What are Schemes of Learning in Sparx and how do they work? article for more information before you create yours.
SoLs in Sparx are created either by:
- Choosing a template from our list and keeping it exactly as it is
- Using a template from our list and making changes to it, or
- Creating an entirely new scheme of learning from a blank template
Search the list of templates to find a template that you wish to use as the basis for your Scheme of Learning. Use the Options dropdown next to the name of the SoL to Preview the content in more detail before you decide if you wish to use this template.
Find out more about the curricula we cover in this article: What curricula are covered by Sparx?
Step 2 - Fill in the basic details
Only the person who copies a SoL will be able to edit it. If you are the Sparx Leader for example and want your class teachers to be able to edit the SoL content themselves then they must make the copy at this point, not you.
Under the Options dropdown next to the name of the SoL choose Copy and you will be presented with a basic form to complete:
Name: Give your SoL a name that is easily recognisable and understandable to your department.
Base Curriculum: choose the curriculum that most closely represents the level you will be teaching this SoL at. For example for a Year 7 class in the UK working at expected levels choose KS3, or for a Year 8 class in an international school who is working at the equivalent of a Year 10 class in the UK, choose a GCSE option. This will help us ensure that the right content level is presented in Sparx.
Year Group: choose your year group for your class that corresponds with the correct year group in your country. You do not need to try and match your year groups to UK year groups here.
Academic Year: link your SoL to the academic year you want to teach it in. You will need to make new versions of your SoLs for each academic year but it is quick and easy to make copies of previous SoLs and make edits where needed.
Finally click Create to make your copy.
Step 3 - check and edit the content of your SoL
Once you publish your SoL you won't be able to make further changes to it apart from the name so please make sure you check the content and order before publishing.
Once you have made your copy of a SoL it will appear in the My School tab of the Schemes of Learning page. Go to the Options tab next to your SoL where you will see the following options:
- Click Edit next to the SoL to be taken to the Scheme of Learning Builder:
- View objectives: if you have used a copy of a SoL then you will now be able to view the objectives from the original version in the right hand pane organised into weeks, but if you chose to create a SoL from a blank template then the right-hand pane will be empty.
- Check the schedule: we recommend you browse the list of objectives in the right hand pane to check which week they are scheduled to be used and to make sure that you are happy with the timings.
- Change the order of scheduled objectives: if you want to change a scheduled objective then you can do this by dragging it into a different week or into a different order within the week. For example, some schools choose to reduce the number of objectives in a week where students are off timetable, and schools using Sparx Lessons may want to choose the order they will teach the objectives within each week. You can bulk move topics up or down up or down a week by clicking the Move topics dropdown on the right-hand side, depending on what you wish to do.
- Add or remove objectives: if you want to add more objectives to your week, or if you are starting from an empty template, then you can search topics in the left hand pane and drag chosen objectives into the schedule on the right. You can also delete objectives by clicking the cross to the right of the objective title.
To help you make decisions about which objectives to add or remove use the orange i icon next to each one to see a Description, some Example Questions and Teaching Notes:
Once you are happy with your SoL then you can publish it: