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About to start a PGCE, got the chance to do a lesson/activity with Yr 6, should I? If so, any ideas?

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by anon331, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. I've got a place for a Primary PGCE this September but have to do a 2 week placement before I start, 1 week in KS1 and 1 week in KS2. I started it today at a local primary and really enjoyed it. I've been put in with Year 6 for this week. Obviously there's just under 2 weeks left of this term and then Year 6 leave so everything with them now really is just a bit of a time filler to keep them interested before they leave. The class teacher said to me after that if I want to do anything with them I'm quite welcome to, just let her know. I have to give them a form to fill in to send to the uni which basically evaluates my time there, my interaction with students and staff and just any general comments. So in a way, doing something, if it went well, would be good for that and also just good experience for me to get used to doing things in a UK classroom as the majority of my experience is in Thailand.

    Do you think that I should try and do something with the class or am I just going to be a bit out of my depth? If you think I should, any ideas about the kind of things I could do? At the moment they're mainly working on a big art project and a DT project about structures.

    All thoughts, advice and ideas greatly appreciated! :)

  2. chelsea19

    chelsea19 New commenter

    Definitely!! Go for it!!! I teach Year 6! They will be fine as long as you keep them busy- an art activity would perhaps be a good idea this time of year. If their topic is structures maybe you could do a one off Art/DT challenge- using rolled up newspapers/sticky tape- they could work in groups to build bridges/towers. Doesn't require too much prep and once the task is explained you could just set them to work!! You could build in a bit of competition- prize for the best??!! The one that stands up well/holds the most weight etc. There are some ideas on the links below:
    Hope this is of some help. I'm sure if you speak to the teacher she will help you out!!
    Good luck and hope the PGCE goes well.

  3. I thought about the newspaper tower but they're already doing a big project that's going to use up an spare papers people have! I love the bridge building idea! Thanks :)

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