What is difference between curriculum, syllabus and scheme of work?
The curriculum is the entire amount of content that will be taught in a certain subject over a period of time (4 Years, 8 Years). The English Studies curriculum for basic education, for example, outlines all that should be taught in English Studies from primary 1 to 6.
A curriculum is divided into syllabuses. The whole content to be taught in a particular year for one subject at one level is referred to as a syllabus.
The English Studies syllabus for primary 1 for example, solely defines what would be taught in a primary I English studies class.
After that, a syllabus is converted into a Scheme of work or program of work.
The scheme of work is derived from Syllabus. It covers the entire curriculum and contains information on all topics which is then separated into unit plans. Lesson plans are then created from unit plans.
A scheme of work, in a nutshell, is a plan or schedule that outlines what teachers will teach each week of the term during the school year. Each teacher at a school creates a lesson plan/work plan based on a specific curriculum and tweaks it as needed.