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Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by ANNABEL39, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. Hi

    I have been invited for an interview for a TA post at a nursery. Part of the interview process is to do an activity with 6 3-4 year old's using the topic of Bears. It's only a 5 minute activity. I have 2 or 3 ideas at the moment and I have looked at Resources section on this website and have seen a few more! Just wondered if anyone had any ideas or tips...I think it's the 5 minutes that is making me wonder which one I should go for. It's not actually that long, so just need a quick, interesting activity. Want to steer away from just reading them a story or a song as suggested in my letter. Looking for something a bit different.


  2. Sorry, can you clarify -does the letter ask you steer clear of telling a story? if not I would personally do going on a bear hunt or goldilocks. I would also take a bear or bears as a visual aid. Usually for nursery activities it us normal to do a story. At that age 5 mins is not long enough for anything else. Good luck.
  3. bluebell27

    bluebell27 New commenter

    What about using three bears perhaps you won't have time to tell the whole story in five minutes so just explain that the bears are sitting down for dinner and you want the children to set the table. if you use coloured plates and match knives and forks /spoons you can incorporate mathematical language of colour matching (give each bear the same colour plate and cutlery etc) with counting (three bears/ three plates etc), one to one correspondence (one plate for each bear). This would also incorporate language as they decide which colour each bear would have, This could be extended by asking children what they think the bears might like for dinner.
  4. I am not an expert on Foundation stage but how about introducing 2 words. Same and different. Get 2 very different teddies and invite children to say what is the same and what is different.
    I am wondering if you have the 'Time to talk' book in your school. There are lots of activities centred around Ginger bear. There might be something in there you could use to help children's speech and language development.
  5. Hi

    Thanks for the brill ideas :) the letter didn't say avoid books/stories, I just wanted to do something else that showed I'd 'planned' something if you know what I mean. Just thought reading a story might not be that original and trying to impress I suppose! You're right though, 5 minutes is not a long time so need to plan well and practice/time myself. The same/different idea sounds like it could be good for the 5 mins. I was also thinking about different size bears and talking about big, bigger, biggest...small, smaller, smallest. Just need to research Foundation Stage 1 as I have only worked in FS2, so don't want to push them too hard. My own 3 year old though is good at sizing.

    Thanks again


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