Hexagonal planning

Also known as: hexagonal curriculum mapping, hexagonal curriculum planning, outcome clusters

Hexagonal planning is a visual tool for displaying the associated components required for a task, project or unit of work. It:

  • enables educators to record each key idea on a hexagon and then cluster similar ideas together while keeping looser connections visible
  • can facilitate a transdisciplinary mindset, skillset and toolset in schools, classrooms and individual learning
  • complements Hexagonal thinking.

Hexagonal planning

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How to use with ICT

Hexagonal planning is an ideal tool to use when planning integrated units of work. Individuals can record key ideas/outcomes into hexagons or select from those available. Collaborators can then share hexagons within an online platform so that they can tessellate the accumulated shapes and develop the most important connections. This process will support and inform more detailed planning processes.

Single computer

Individuals select from the available hexagons and/or input their chosen hexagon text. Project the generated tessellation as a collaboration space where group discussion and rearrangement will inform the final planning associations.

External resources

Find out more resources
Title Link Description
Hexagonal curriculum mapping: it works! by Chad Ferris  Hexagonal curriculum mapping: it works! Takes the reader through a process of hexagonal planning using outcomes from every stage syllabus to create cross-curricular, inquiry-based units of work that inspire teachers and students.
Hexagonal curriculum mapping by Lauren Buttigieg  Hexagonal curriculum mapping Details the hexagonal planning procedure used for the following term’s kindergarten topic. The process reveals ways of making connections between students’ prior knowledge and the direction of the unit next term.
Hexagonal planning to create a STEM Garden Project by Jacqueline McKenzie STEM Garden Project Showcases how hexagonal planning was used as the foundation for a STEM Garden Project. This example shows how a range of Learning Areas can be successfully integrated into learning and teaching.
Outcome hexagons and outcome tracking poster templates created by Scarborough Public School Outcome hexagons and Outcome tracking poster templates Templates adapted from NSW K-6 Syllabi which can be readily downloaded to assist with hexagonal planning.
SOLO Hexagons on Pam Hook’s HookED website SOLO Hexagons A resource blogpost exploring the use of hexagons for learning outcomes that lead to more complex understanding.


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When planning to use technology in the classroom it is important to consider the full range of abilities of all learners. High potential and gifted learners may require additional adjustments and deliberate talent development.  These strategies include differentiation, grouping, enrichment and advanced learning pathways so students can be engaged, grow and achieve their personal best.


Assessing and identifying high potential and gifted learners will help teachers decide which students may benefit from extension and additional challenge. Effective strategies and contributors to achievement for high potential and gifted learners helps teachers to identify and target areas for growth and improvement. School leaders can access the Evaluation and Planning Tool to support strategic improvement planning.


Recognising the diversity of high potential and gifted students represented in classrooms across 4 domains of potential can be explored further by accessing illustrations of practice.


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