Hi everyone I'm an NQT, due to start my first post as a Nursery teacher next month. At the moment I'm trying to get my long- and medium-term planning done, but I'm struggling. I've been given a curriculum map by the school, i.e. a list of topics to cover during the year (one for each half-term). My long-term planning will consist of the list of topics and the EYFS document itself, and my medium-term planning will be set out as half-termly overviews showing what I hope to cover within each topic. However, I'm finding it difficult to plan activities or even know which DM statements to focus on without knowing the children. I feel tied to the topics as I'm new at the school and I assume that they've planned this way for a long time, but I also don't see the point of having topics if the children are going to have their own interests that they want to follow. I've been reading posts on various forums about planning from children's interests and I'm feeling quite inspired! Surely it's common sense to get to know the children's interests and what they can do, make initial assessments, and then use these to inform future planning on a short-term basis. But how can I utilise this approach myself when I'm expected to plan using a specific set of topics? What if the children aren't interested in learning about transport or their bodies? Basically, I'd like to know if you think there's a way that I can plan from children's interests while also satisfying the school... Another point - how do you strike a balance between child-initiated and adult-focused learning within a child-led topic? I came across this forum topic. Some of the contributors seem confused about child-initiated learning, and seem to think that it involves allowing the children to do whatever they want. I'm sure that's not the case, as children have only limited experiences to draw upon and need us to extend their learning, but how do you create a balance when letting the children learn about what they want to learn? I hope that makes sense! Thank you in advance!