New To Nursery!
Posted 08 June 2012 - 07:45 PM
I've just found out I'm going to be teaching nursery next academic year and I have to write the long and medium term planning from scratch, starting with topics!
This year they have covered:
- All about me
- Under the sea
- Traditional tales
and I need six new topics for next year.
So far I have thought of
- Myths and Legends (e.g. pirates, princesses etc)
Has anybody else got any ideas that have worked well in the past?
I have been an NQT this year in reception so I really don't know much about nursery at all - please help!!
Posted 08 June 2012 - 08:08 PM
Posted 08 June 2012 - 08:26 PM
Posted 08 June 2012 - 09:29 PM
Posted 09 June 2012 - 08:17 PM
In terms of long term planning, mine comes in the form of plans for each area of provision, highlighting key resources, questions and vouch used in the area.
Hope that helps, and enjoy yourself next year, nursery is fab!!
Posted 10 June 2012 - 09:02 AM
Also i hate medium plans, don't do one waste of yr time and a tree! Sorry that probably not helpful :)
Dont you wished you worked with someone like him!!
Posted 10 June 2012 - 07:09 PM
I work in a nursery attached to a school and I am required to give long term and medium term plans to our head. When I started 2 years ago there was a rolling 2 year long term plan in place which was very uninspiring and didn't follow the children's interests. In the filing cabinet was a folder for each topic which I was told I should get out and all of the work was in there ready to go. Lots of work sheets and templates for the children to copy.
The first thing I did, to my new teams horror, was to throw away each folder and told them we were starting a fresh. The first year they found it quite difficult to move away from long term and medium term plans so I made up a very simple long term which showed seasons and celebrations which we would investigate throughout the year such as Autumn and Christmas. They found it extremely difficult to understand that Winter was moved in with Christmas due to the heavy snowfall we had that year and I struggled to get them to understand that the children had moved on from snow in January and making pictures of snowmen when the weather didn't reflect this was pointless.
This year has been more successful and we have gone more with the children's interests and tried to have a loose theme to keep the head happy. We try and work along similar themes as the reception class which can be difficult but it can be done. In January we got it wrong and followed the reception classes theme of transport. Our children were not interested and even though we tried our best to get them motivated it was very much the children joining in with the activity for as long as an adult was involved but then as soon as we moved away they played something else. Chinese New year came and we introduced this to the children expecting it to last a few days. They all were so motivated by the dragon and the dancing that we abandoned transport and went with Chinese New year which lasted 3 weeks. After half term the reception teacher wanted to do people who help us as this was in her opinion a natural progression from transport. The thought of another term of unmotivated children was enough motivation for all my nursery team to say no and that they were welcome to do it but we were not. My nursery children were interested in dragons and making up their own stories so we were going to follow this. We decided on the theme make believe and in nursery we had dragons sleeping in the nursery and aliens crash landing in the garden. It was fantastic and so much learning went on. In reception they used the theme make believe and went down the traditional stories route and looked at Goldilocks and the 3 bears, the 3 little pigs and others which was planned for the summer term. So although we had the same basic theme we were able to choose the route we felt was best for the children in our classes.
My long term plan now still has the very loose themes such as seasons and celebrations which come round each year but has a little note at the bottom stating that how much we cover these will depend on the children's interests. I also have my continuous provision plans in my long term with potential enhancements. My medium term is done ready for the beginning of each half term with a basic theme such as make believe or building so we have lots of room to cater for all our children's needs and also follow whole school topics if necessary. This year the Olympics and Queens Jubilee have been whole school projects. As these all take place in London and our children are all into building we decided to turn part of the nursery into a construction site where we could build structures we might see in London. We have Big Ben, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge. We brought a climbing frame in and the children have turned this into a house, a block of flats, the three little pigs house to name a few. It has been a fantastic project and we have managed to negotiate what the school wanted and what the children's interests are. Once we got their interest with the buildings it was easy to introduce the Queen and the jubilee. We went to see the Olympic torch so this half term we will incorporate this into a sports theme and see where it takes us.
In the medium term plan I put in potential learning outcomes from the early learning goals to go with ideas of activities we may do. I don't take a great deal of time on this as whatever is decided at this stage will probably change as the term progresses but it keeps the bosses happy.
Planning this way makes it so much more interesting for us adults and seeing the children so engaged and ready to learn is what nursery is all about.
Oh dear, I think I have waffled enough but I am very passionate about following children's interests in your planning I get carried away,
Posted 10 June 2012 - 07:19 PM
I'd suggest you discuss this as a phase so that there is continuity in the learning, rather than just a focus on topics. You need to look at this as a two year learning programme for the children who go right through your school EYFS really.
ESPECIALLY WHEN THERE'S A CHANGE OF GOVERNMENT
Posted 20 June 2012 - 01:20 PM
Thanks again, I love this site and you're all so kind to take time to reply!
Posted 21 June 2012 - 08:26 PM
I'm going to have what I keep referring to as a "skeleton plan" then dip in and out of it as I get to know the children's preferences. Also, I don't feel I can plan a topic on "Festivals" but just focus on them as they arise throughout the year depending on the children's interests. Does that sound acceptable...?
Posted 21 June 2012 - 10:51 PM
Enjoy Nursery - its the best place to be.
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