# Activity for Reception class

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by maggieDD, Jul 1, 2011.

1. ### maggieDDNew commenter

I have been asked to plan a short activity with a group of 6 reception age children, my choice of either reading writing or maths. I have access to small whiteboards, pens, a flip chart,magnetic letters, cubes and number fans.

I have never had to plan or carry out an activity off my own back and am really unsure of what to do, any ideas would be very welcome!

2. ### jmac78

I did the following activity for an interview earlier this year. I had a group of 6 children and we used scales to weigh various objects from the class room, eg bean bag, metal toy car, ruler etc, and we used the cubes to measure how much each item weighed and then counted the cubes. The children guessed which item would be the heaviest before we started, and they have the chance to discuss this before you get going. The kids can pass the items around the group and compare how heavy they feel, talk about what they are made of and then guess. Use six items then each child can put the item on the scales and then put in the cubes, then the whole group counts the cubes. The children can write the amounts on the small whiteboards and then talk about it at the end. Have number lines available to help the children to count the cubes.
When I did this activity the school arranged the activity for me to do, rather than me coming up with an activity myself, which I found less stressful! I have done other activities for interviews, I read the children the "Dear Zoo" story which a lot of reception children know, and they can participate in.
Hope this is some help to you!

3. ### maggieDDNew commenter

Thanks

I have decided to go with a matching numbers activity involving frogs, lilypads and a puppet (see above on this forum)
It's today at 11 so fingers crossed.

4. ### TAWren

Hope the activity goes well, and GOOD LUCK! Come back and tell us how it went and what they asked you at interview.
Wren

5. ### maggieDDNew commenter

Well, I think it went very well, the children seemed to really be engaged and enjoying the activity. The interview afterwards went well too, I feel I seemed to answering the questions adequately by their responses! Hard to tell really, I was told I would be rang later today, from 2pm onwards, so I'm starting to feel that the person that got the job has been contacted and they're leaving the ones that didn't, last to contact...

6. ### maggieDDNew commenter

Oh well, I didn't get it, somone with several years more experience pipped me to the post.
It's a bit embarrassing as I had been offered a position in another school but I would have preferred to work at the one I attended today.
When the head told me I hadn't got the job she suggested another school which was looking for LSAs and it turned out to be the school I'd been offered a job at, so I had to come clean. I now hope that this doesn't reflect badly on me. Would it be a case of confidentiality?

7. ### jmac78

I don't think it'd be a problem, you are entitled to apply to any job. Never mind about the interview, it's experience and you'll find the perfect job soon!