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Planning with and for Children

A practical guide to inquiry-based learning through Floorbooks

Planning with and for Children offers clear guidance on how to make adult interaction, including questioning skills, part of good practice. It incorporates key features of a Floorbook and sets out step-by-step guides to using 3D mapping. Designed to encourage a greater emphasis on inquiry-based thinking/project approach, the book shows how learning tracks can link play and learning inside, outside and beyond in case studies. Ideal for 3 to 7 year-olds, it also supports the use of Talking Tubs to engage all children in child-led planning.

Ages: 3-6 | Pages: 100 | Code: TS0312 | ISBN: 9781925145434

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Claire Warden

Claire Warden is an educational consultant who has developed her approach to nature pedagogy and experiential learning through a variety of experiences. Her experiences have taken her on a pathway that includes working in a variety of types of centre, advisory work, and lecturing in further education.


Section 1. Pedagogical thinking behind Floorbooks6
History of Floorbooks7
Creating the environment9
Concept-led and inquiry-based play and learning12
Research behind the Floorbook Approach20
Slow learning through Floorbooks23
Inclusive practice34
Thinking about practice37
Section 2. Features39
The starting point41
Authorship and agency41
Tracking flow and progression44
Digital documentation47
Community of the child, parents and educator52
Sharing the process of playful inquiries54
Reflect – looking in, out, forward and back55
Possible lines of development (PLODs)56
Demonstrating action and response58
The learning journey – tracking learning inside, outside and beyond59
Accountability for breadth and balance59
Section 3. Key strategies63
Talking Tubs63
3D mind mapping70
Section 4. Breadth, balance and accountability75
Principles that underpin curricula75
The planning cycle85
References and further reading95