Planning for Learning
At Wellpark we have two types of planning that we do:
Every time an adult looks and listens to a child they are observing and assessing what to do next, and drawing on their previous knowledge of children, they are providing experiences responsively.
Planning responsively in this way helps children to achieve. When a child has autonomy and an enabling environment which is supported by skilful adults then they thrive.
When children show high levels of involvement, that is when there is progress and development occurring – when the brain is at its most active. High level involvement occurs most often when children are able to pursue their own interests in an enabling environment supported by skilled staff. Planning in the moment helps to make this possible.
Children will be able to make, explore, problem solve, roleplay, experiment, lead and involve their friends, learn to take responsibility, share their learning with others, develop their vocabulary and confidence.
Your child will be a “Focus Child” once per term. This is an opportunity for you and your child’s keyworker to work together and set specific targets for your child depending on their learning needs. All staff will then focus on supporting your child to develop under these targets. When your child is not focus child then they spontaneously access learning; staff are still support your child even when they are not focus child within the learning environment.
What is the Role of the Adult
The adults are there to facilitate learning. They do this through observations and interactions. Our adults know the children very well and have a sound understanding of child development. This ensures that the adults enhance and extend the learning at the appropriate level.
Staff will be supporting children to learn by observing them, watching for an opportunity to teach a skill, provide vocabulary or become involved in the learning. Staff will go to the children, children will not be asked to come and work with staff.
We will have certain children that are focussed on more closely every week. You will be given a home link sheet when your child is a focus child. Children will still take part in grouptime with their keyworker, they will still learn about their emotions through PATHS, literacy, numeracy etc