Hello, I have just found out that I have an interview in a couple of days and have been asked to deliver a circle time with about ten Y1 children (15 mins max!) Although I am still an NQT I have taught for about a year and a half...but in another country so I haven't taught in the UK since I finished training 2 and a half year ago. I have a few ideas (albeit scattered) and am looking for some advice/ feedback please 1) Do something along the lines of an 'I am special' theme. Have a mirror in a box/ bag and tell the children there is something very special inside the bag. Get the children (in pairs) to think of one or two questions they would like to ask me about what's inside the bag in order to figure out what it is. Then, after they've all given their ideas - reveal the mirror! Obviously I would need to put a starter game beforehand (thinking of getting them to swap places, e.g. 'if you have blonde hair, swap places with someone who doesn't have blonde hair' etc.) And for finishing off maybe go around the circle (with a speaking object) and get each child to say something special about the child they were partnered with for the activity. 2) I thought of doing something about Summer or maybe 'Changes' but I think they will probably have done a lot of that this term (?) Plus, 'Changes' may be more appropriate for Y2 going into a new school/ key stage. If I did do Summer/ Changes' I thought maybe the following: > Do swapping places activity at the start - ask children what we've done? (swapped/ changed places); introduce that we're going to think about some changes and whether we think they are good/ bad. > (I thought of maybe reading 'Changes' by Anthony Browne but maybe not best one for this/ Y1?Show picture of Winter (snow etc) - what time of year might this be? How do you know? Then show picture of Summer (e.g. children playing on a beach) - same Qs again plus 'what is different about this picture?' (i.e. spotting changes.) If you could be in one of these pictures which would you choose? (go around circle and ask each child to give their name and their answer or maybe just show of hands as it's quicker!) > What would happen if you were in this picture (or Season) all the time, if it didn't change? Talk partners? E.g. would you like it to be Summer all the time? Why? If yes, would you miss Christmas? And vice versa. (I'm sort of going against using a speaking object here as then technically I should be taking it each time I want to ask a Q!) > So is change always good/ always bad? (i.e. changes can be both positive and negative.) You have a big change coming up soon don't you - what's that!? (i.e. moving to Y2.) (Maybe bring speaking object in here) Each child then states one positive thing about moving into Y2 (maybe will need to be modelled?) I did think of doing 'sqeak, piggy spueak' or something as a listening activity but I think that may be seen as too basic for Y1s about to move into Y2?? I don't know anything about the children which is making it difficult to choose so ANY ADVICE would be much appreciated Many thanks!