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Big Ideas

Welcome to the Autumn term!

We have had a fantastic first few weeks of term, welcoming back our existing and new children and their families.

The Big Idea Planning

This year, we have made some changes to our planning. We now base our planning around 'A big idea', which is focused around a book. We use children's ideas throughout the week to extend activities and to decide on the next 'big idea'.

Staff work together to draw up a plan, which is displayed in the entrance corridor and shows the various activities we will set up and possible lines of development for the activities. The plan is split into different sections within the rooms and the outside area. It also shows what the daily group time activities will be. This plan is used as our starting point. The children then have time at the start of each session with their key worker to explore the various activities. We call this our exploring walk. Following the exploring walk, children then have some planning time with their key worker to decide what they would like to do during their session. These planning ideas are recorded in each room’s floor book. Ideas from the floor books will feed into the activities, and changes will be made according to children’s ideas and choices. From the floor books, staff will identify a theme within the children’s ideas which will lead onto the next big idea.

The idea for our new planning was developed from Millfield Primary School, who kindly let us visit them and use and adapt their Big Idea Planning.


Our big idea for fortnight beginning Monday 30 September is Tiddler, by Julia Donaldson. Our learning aims from this big idea are to think about others’ feelings and our own emotions. Our group time for 2-3 year olds will include looking at our rules with our puppet, singing row, row, row your boat and playing hide the fish. Our pre-school group time will also look at our rules with our puppet and then playing a sea animal game based around the ‘beans’ game. We will have various sea themed activities to support various learning outcomes such as clockfaces to represent numbers and recognise numerals to 5. Bowls of jewels to use props to support role play and lego to encourage sorting, shapes and colour thinking.

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