I have an interview for a PGCE, part of which is a 30 minute lesson with either Year 1 or 2. It has to be a lesson based around a story of my choice and this is my idea; A story bag with the main things from the story, I have chosen Jack and The Beanstalk so the bag would have; a mum, a boy, a cow, an old woman, a bag of beans, a beanstalk and a giant. I would pull each item out of the bag having first asked the students to think about which story it might be, I would allow a student to guess after each item. (I think I would take them out of the bag in the above order so its not too obvious immediately!) Once we've established the story I would then ask them if plants really grow from beans, and what do plants need to grow. I will have some bean plants at varying stages of development to show them - I would then ask them to put them in order of which plants have been growing the longest, and get them to look at the different parts of the plants (they are being grown in see-through pots against paper towel so that you can see what's happening. We would then use a large drawing of the plants and label the parts (seed/bean, roots, shoots, stem, leaves), and get them to complete the diagram on the bean diary I have made. If there is time I hope to get them to set up their own bean plant experiment (its very quick, paper towel, plastic container, bean seed and water), and have the bean diary for them to complete and take away. Would this work? Is it ok for Year 1 or 2 - if not how could I differentiate between the two? Am I expecting too much? Or is it not enough? I have yet to work with Year 1 or 2 (I have work experience a week before the interview, and I want to trial it!!) and its a long time since my kids were that age so I really don't know how students of that age would respond to these sorts of tasks. Any ideas/feedback would be really really helpful!