I'm a KS1 NQT in a very large East of England Primary. I have thoroughly enjoyed this year and have manged to get through it unscathed. Yet, more importantly, my class have made unbelievable progress considering how low (area problem) they came in at, at the start of reception. I am extremely happy with the progress they have made, and chuffed to bits with the maturity progress of some of these 5/6 year olds. Despite this, they have a reputation (within the KS) of being 'too' loud, or 'louder than they should be'. And yes, I have some very vibrant characters in my class, but nearly all the children in the class have made more progress than 'what is expected' and honestly, I feel as though without the characters, and the need to talk to each other, perhaps some of the literacy progress (S&L, writing) would have been hindered. I don't feel I'm mixing up achievement and behavior and should distinguish between the two, as I honestly feel they go hand in hand. What I would like to make clear, is they are not talking to each other about unrelated things during learning time, it is more often than not, 'in the line', when they are waiting on the carpet, or at the end of an assembly. And while I feel it is traditional etiquette for children to sit in silence while teachers conduct their duties, should it not also be taken into account, that these small children need to communicate when they feel the time is right? As adults, we are allowed to talk in the line when waiting for the bus, or walking round a hospital. We are allowed to talk when waiting for the lecturer to commence. And we are allowed to talk at the end of a university lecture. So why are these children not? I completely understand that the volume of some children in my class needs to be bought down, and maybe it's my job to work with these children so they understand that they sometimes they need to be quieter. However, I really feel as though silence, for the sake of silence is not helpful, and that the reputation of my class, for the amount of progress they have made, should not really be a problem. I suppose I have taken this quiet personally, but I also feel that there is a need to express my concern. I could stop the talking, but why would I if it's not hindering them? Thanks for reading, any opinions will be welcome!