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Discussion in 'Primary' started by comenius, Dec 27, 2010.

  1. comenius

    comenius New commenter

    When I'm starting to plan a new theme/topic, I write down everything that I could do or want to do.
    Then I find it easier to break the theme into weekly slots and have a mini theme each week, so when I did space I started with rockets (week 1) and everything we did that week was about rockets, week 2 was getting ready to go to space, week 3 was the moon and so on.
    Then I go back to my list of things I want to do and fit them into the appropriate week and then its a case of tweaking to ensure I'm covering all the objectives/key skills and that I'm showing progression through the half term.

  2. I'm in Year 1 too and have been planning today. I only plan literacy as there is lots of us in the year group so we all take an area each.
    I use the framework as I find it very useful so I start with our yearly overview that shows me each half term and our theme for that half term. I then fit the framework units in to match the topics, so for the coming half term our topic is fruit salad so we are writing poems on a theme (fruit), recounts (our trip to the shops) and instructions (how to make a fruit salad).
    I then take each unit and use the framework guidance, progression papers and what I know the children need to work on to map out the unit roughly on a learning ladder. So for the poems on a theme unit we are focussing on riddles about fruit and I know the children need work on adjectives and connectives so I have mapped out a day introducing riddles and discussing their features, two days on using connectives in riddles, two days on using adjectives in riddles, a day planning riddles, a day writing riddles, a day improving and redrafting riddles and a day illustrating and sharing our riddles with another class. Every day will involve reading riddles.
    I then plan the unit in detail with exact activities and detail the primary framework objectives that will be worked on throughout the unit. I highlight these as we cover them to ensure a complete coverage throughout the year.
    I find this the easiest way but everybody plans differently. Hope it helps you out a bit.
  3. delilah2007

    delilah2007 New commenter

    Thank you ever so much for your advice (i've actually seen your planning and think it's fab). I think sometimes I just need a kick up the backside when it comes to actually getting down to do some planning! I think of every obstacle I can to stop me from doing it!
  4. delilah2007

    delilah2007 New commenter

    And thanks to yoitsjo too for taking the time to respond, it's much appreciated :)

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