Our Planning

Our Planning cycle is simple : First, we “Notice”

This may be through learning stories, anecdotal observations and photos with learning being identified. We record what we see, what we notice, what we see as valuable to the children, special moments. We the identify and record the common threads of interest/focus we see coming through.

Second, we “Recognise”

From what we have noticed, we as a staff team, identify the learning that is evident (learning we can see). We record these on the form “What Learning has taken place”. We then Identify our goals as teachers. What are we going to do to extend this learning? These are called “Teachers Goals”.

Third, we “Respond”

We brainstorm ideas on experiences we can provide to extend the learning identified and that support our teacher goals. This is recorded in a “web” format. It is “how we intend to respond”.

Fourth, we “Document”

We collect evidence of the learning and interests being extended and include any spontaneous events or changes in interests that occur throughout the cycle.

Last but not the least, we “Revisit”

We evaluate the process we have been through. We put together all our documentation (the cycle), laminate it into a book and have it accessible to the children and parents. Children are then given the opportunity to revisit the learning and interests.

Lastly, we “Reflect”

It is important to reflect upon the extension that has taken place, so we know things like how well the experience went, what was unplanned , was it in the best interest of the child, were they learning, abilities and strengths extended, were the experiences meaningful for the children, how were our teaching strategies, what we can do better/different next time and where to next?