Sample weekly planning

Notes: remember that you do not have to plan written activities every day... the key is to show a range of planning through the week;

As you will see when you read through the example, some of the planning has been written in advance... and some is following children’s interests.

·         I planned the ‘finding spring’ walk at the weekend. I prepared the clipboards, got out the raincoats just in case, did my risk assessment 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 bought 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 what areas of L & D the activity would meet, so that was all written up in advance as well;

·         I then thought about Friday, to make sure I had enough resources for doing the cards depending on what the children wanted to add to them. As this was a key part of my week, I also made sure I had planned plenty of activities to meet all areas of L & D so the children were getting a balance.

Some of the planning was blank when I opened my door on Monday morning...

·         I left Tuesday and Thursday blank on my original weekly plan... 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’ file.


 Here are my ideas for how you can set out the planning...


Weekly Planning for...

M age 2 y 11 m / S age 3 y 10 m

Celebration / festival –

Mothers day

Theme / activity –


Date –




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.