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I have decided to overhaul the way I am planning because I am bored with topics and find them restrictive. I used to do a medium term plan with the topic in the middle of a spider diagram, then 6 areas coming off with what the objectives are. Then I would do a pacer for the half term, and a weekly plan showing group times and a focus activity that all children would (in theory) pass through.

Now I have decided I don't like it and I was thinking of planning everything through stories. E.g: Elmer, colours obviously, but small world jungle with Elmer in, counting Elmers, psed about feelings and being different, making elephant masks and going on a journey around school to find the "special tree", etc. Does anyone have any experience of planning through stories? If so could you share tips, ideas for good stories, plans or a good way to approach planning, and some things to try. I would like to say "expected outcomes or possible ideas...but leave it open to change direction and alter plans retrospectively if required.

Thanks in adavnce for any help or advice. :)

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Tracy

I use a book called Using Picture Books - ideas for working with 12 popular picture books. It's a Step Forward Publication. It gives a short intro to each story, gives at least three planned activities and two or three short activites . The main activities can be adapted to suit different age groups (I'm Pre-school)and the activities cover all areas of learning.

 

Sue J

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I ue picture books to plan, but within a topic we are doing ourselves at the moment and have used various books eg Titch, my mum and dad make me laugh, I like.....I usually use the book for the whole week and can normally plan for the 6 learning areas from it. in the Nusery World Magazine this week they had a booklet with some books and Ideas for activities in it.

Ali

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