Popplet is a great application to make medium term planning more visual. As you can share it on Facebook or Twitter it is useful for sharing information with parents. It would also be really accessible for children who could develop their own Popplets when planning new topics. During the process of developing theme or topic based medium term plans, involving children themselves can result in more innovative teaching strategies, ideas or resources (Alexander and Flutter, 2009). Consequently children would be more motivated to engage in the learning process, as the plans would have been driven from their individual interests (Potter, 2008). Theme based planning can be an interactive process which improves the relationship between students and teachers. This can be aligned with the theory of John Dewey who viewed teachers as collaborators as opposed to authority figures (Dewey, 1956).
•Alexander, R. and Flutter, J. (2009) Towards a New Primary Curriculum: a report from the Cambridge Primary Review. Part 1: Past and Present. Cambridge: University of Cambridge Faculty of Education.
•Dewey, J. (1956) The child and the curriculum: the school and society. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
•Potter, C. (2008) How does involving the children in classroom planning affect their learning? London: National Teacher Research Panel.