Weekly planning

Note: you do not have to record your daily activities - your curriculum ... during your next Ofsted inspection you will be asked to talk about your day-to-day planning and the impact of your planning on outcomes for children.


So... ditch the complicated forms and make yourself a very simple outline of where you go and what you intend doing - what Ofsted call your intent.

Then think about how you are going to implement your activities - do you need space, time, resources, outings etc to make it work? 

Then, when you have done an activity, think about the impact on outcomes for children and inform parents (verbally) what their child has done and how they can support their child at home by, for example, doing more of the same. 


Some weekly planning is usually done in advance... and some uses the children’s current and ever-changing interests.

·         I planned the ‘finding spring’ walk first thing in the morning - I prepared the clipboards, got out the raincoats just in case, risk assessed in my head and looked around the garden to get some ideas of things we might be able to spot. I also made sure I had the right colours of paint / crayons / pencils etc in the cupboard and got out some extra yellow paint in case the children were inspired to make the daffodils;

·         I made sure I had baking ingredients for Wednesday and checked which of the 7 areas of learning it would meet;

·         I then thought about Friday, to make sure I had enough resources for making the cards depending on what the children wanted to add to them. 


Some of the planning in my head is blank when I opened my door on Monday morning... for example, I left Tuesday and Thursday blank ... I knew that the walk and the rest of the weeks’ activities would inspire us and that children’s interests would lead us in new directions.


You need to be confident enough to go with the flow some days. It is an important part of working with children’s interests. At the same time, I knew from experience that I had plenty of other activities we could do in my spring planning file - this is a folder of activity ideas taken from magazines, my own research, things that have worked in previous years etc... we wouldn't be bored! 


 Here are some ideas for thinking through (not writing down) your weekly planning...


Weekly Planning 

Celebration / festival – Mothers Day

Theme / activity – spring


W.c –




Finding spring




Make M’s day buns


Our mummies


Making cards




Take turns with weighing, measuring & mixing ingredients;



Share resources during activity;

C& L and Literacy



Take clip boards & draw / write down how many signs of spring we see;

Learn snowdrops rhyme;

Read ‘Flower Fairies of the spring’;


Talk about our mummy & read ‘My mother’s sari’ by Sandhya Rao;

Explore vocab – red / pink/ dark / light;




Vocab – small snowdrops, tall sunflowers, thin stalks, wide leaves etc;


Counting, fractions, weights, measures;


Count hearts; explore shapes;





Go for a walk & spot signs of spring;



View sample cards on internet & in card shop (outing);






Learn the actions and words for ‘I’m a little seed’;

Finger paint snowdrops & add stalks when dry;

Gross motor skills mixing;

Fine motor skills decorating;


Fine motor skills picking up resources, gluing, cutting;

Art & Design




Make daffodils together;

White chalk on black paper; white paint in messy tray;

Decorate buns;


Allow children to make cards to their own designs;

How did it go? Any notes for next time?



M was fascinated by snowdrops – explore more tomorrow

M talked to mum about snowdrops last night & brought a ‘Flower Fairies’ book to read today.

Both children were happy with their decorated buns & mums were delighted.

S shared that her mummy likes hearts... plan to include some tomorrow.

The activities were a great success – see photos in Learning Journeys.