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Just wondered if many teachers were using PLODs in their reception classes? Also how they are using them? Not sure if they should be regularly updated based on next steps from observations or done at the end of each half term for the following half term? Also wondered how you then ensure you plan from them so you meet the needs of all children in your class?

 

I want to start using them just a little unsure how. I was thinking of having 5 focus children a week who you could target in their play to meet their next steps recorded on the PLODs. Hope that makes sense and really interested to hear what peoples thoughts are.

 

Thanks

 

KST x

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I've never heard of this!? Can anyone enlighten me please? Am now maybe panicking just a little bit that there's something I should be doing that I'm not. Og the joys of being the only person in the school who knows the EYFS... even that statement is questionable!! Thanks :o

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I have also never heard of a PLOD, although I often feel like I'm just plodding along, would also like some enlightenment, please!!!!

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I think its mainly a pre-school thing, yes possible lines of development, basically a sheet with the childs name and main interests in the middle and then the 6 areas of learning around it and you write the childs next steps based on their interests for the 6 areas of learning.

 

Ok so I won't panic about not already doing them!!

 

Anyone else using them? x

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I teach in a Nursery in a school and use a different format for PLODs - table with columns headed name, obs, area(s) of learning, PLODs - currently using to list the follow-up ideas for the long observations which is usually 6 children per week. I don't put on every area of learning as I feel that this would be impossible to cover for 6 children in the following week. The format that you decribe KST is more like the individual planning sheet from the EYFS website which I think is intended to cover a half-term at least. Have also used PLOD format to note any CI interests and then how we will respond to those interests but often find it easier just to note it on the main plan otherwise I end up with endless pieces of paper! I have found it difficult to keep up with PLODs with 11-13 in our key groups, so I think it may be difficult in a reception class of 30?

Will be interested to hear what other people's experiences are.

Green Hippo x

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We are trialling this approach this year, all the staff seem to like them and one immediate benefit is that I keep them in a small folder that goes between school and home and means I am planning with the children's interests, observations etc by my side. I had never really got around the issue of 30 Learning Journeys in my bag! Previously I would bring home the observations made over the week and then eventually file them so I was getting behind with the Learning Journeys. This way I have the info all together and I am not doing all the work twice. Long obs just go straight into the Learning Journey.

 

So far so good.....

 

S

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We are trialling this approach this year, all the staff seem to like them and one immediate benefit is that I keep them in a small folder that goes between school and home and means I am planning with the children's interests, observations etc by my side. I had never really got around the issue of 30 Learning Journeys in my bag! Previously I would bring home the observations made over the week and then eventually file them so I was getting behind with the Learning Journeys. This way I have the info all together and I am not doing all the work twice. Long obs just go straight into the Learning Journey.

 

So far so good.....

 

S

 

Great to hear they are working for you. Do you update the PLODs each week based on your obs?

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Thanks for all the information on this. I can't imagine that any of my senior management have heard of this! We have an Early Years govenor who works for Sure Starr and a new SIP who is an Early Years specialist, so the next time either of them are about I will bring it up. If it's something we should be doing then I'll get things going, if not I may put it on the back-burner for the time being.

 

Thanks all :o

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I have moved from the nursery class to reception this year. We have decided to continue using PLODs which we used in the nursery class. (I also used them in my previous workplace, a pre-school).

 

We focus on 3 children a week to ensure each child has one per term. We evaluate the children's progress from narrative observations we have made during the focus week and from spontaneous obs/photos made throughout the year, we also give the parents stickers to write any observations of their own (all observations, school and home, are placed in the child's profile book chronologically).

 

The format we use is taken from the EYFS CD. Once we have made a PLOD for a child, we try to incorporate the suggested PLOD activities into the weekly plans.

 

I have attached a PLOD I have written this week. I shared it with the parent yesterday at an after school meeting, we don't do parent evenings anymore, just one or two meetings per week for the focus children.

 

At my parents meeting yesterday a parent brought in photos of her child and had written on the stickers what her child has enjoyed at home, it was such a pleasure to read! (Not all parents are so cooperative).

 

It has taken a long time to get to this stage, with lots of trials and errors, but this system seems to work well and fits in very well with the EYFS principles. Good luck with whatever you decide to do. :o

C_PLOD.doc

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