Hello there, I am teaching reception for the first time this year and am having a wobble about the kind of planning I need to do. I have examples of the previous teachers planning - she has a weekly timetable, a weekly planning based on the topic/6 areas of learning where she writes her 3 whole class adult directed activities and her 3 related focus activities, a plan that has the 6 areas of learning and shows the learning objectives and activities (as far as I can see its just a different layout for the previous plan), a seperate maths plan, a seperate sheet with LO's for PSED, an ongoing phonics plan, a plan that shows the resources that will be used in the different class areas (sand, water, reading etc), a box with assessment foci (main foci for the week I think that means) and children with concerns. I'm getting confused just looking at them! I was hoping to keep it simpler (if thats possible) I've looked at the norfolk/southwalk theme medium term plans and know they were made pre EYFS - and was wondering about my medium term plans. As a school we map out topics for the year on a long term plan together and have medium term plans for each subject that we link in a section for FS. I was under the impression that I shouldn't over plan as the children may want to go off in another direction - am I completly wrong? I was going to make: - a simple weekly timetable showing whats happening when - some kind of plan showing my adult directed activities and the related follow up child activities. Do I also need to make a note of what I'm putting out in all of the other areas? (sand - hide letters, shells, pebbles etc) - a seperate phonics plan following letters and sounds Help would be greatly received!! I'd love to hear what you lovely people (flattery will get you everywhere!) do planning wise. I know its super cheeky but if anyone has any examples of what they do that they dont mind emailing id love to see. I don't want to not do enough but I want to keep it simple. firstname.lastname@example.org Our first topic is 'ourselves' .... eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeekkk!!!