How to use this exemplar to improve practice:
This video along with reflective questions invite you to consider the impact of your own approach to planning learning. You are invited to watch the video and consider, individually or as a team, the following improvement questions:
- What is the philosophy underpinning the development of RME in the nursery?
- Can you explain what core messages are important to the delivery of RME in your school? How important is it to be able to identify these?
- What kind of systems did the nursery put in place to ensure that approaches to RME were embedded in teacher practice?
- What strategies work best in ensuring parents and carers are engaged and can support these?
- How important is a systems based approach to sustainable improvements in RME?
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What was done?
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The nursery employs a range of planning strategies. Short-term planning includes experiences for RME, what they call a weekly plan, where staff are planning specific activities that they are going to do throughout the nursery. They have a medium term, which they call a monthly plan, that is built around specific topics. They always consult children and parents because they want the planning for the children’s learning to be as relevant and inclusive as possible.
What brought about the change?
The nursery wanted to ensure that there was a common approach to RME across all practitioners, that such an approach was firmly rooted in children’s experiences and that parents/carers were heavily involved.
What was the impact?
There was a clear impact on parent/carer understanding of and support for nursery approaches to RME. A shared understanding of values developed between nursery, children and parents/carers, with observable changes in children’s behaviours when away from nursery.
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Word file: Planning for learning and parental engagement in RME at the early level