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Advice please

Discussion in 'Primary' started by wookster, May 22, 2011.

  1. wookster

    wookster New commenter


    I am about to apply for a teacher position in a small primary school that has only 2 classes - yr R,1 and 2 and Yr 3,4,5 and 6.

    The position is for KS2 and although I am used to working in mixed age classes of 2 year groups, I was just wondering how people approach teaching 4 year groups in one class - I assume the curriculum works on a 4 year rolling programme.
    Could someone talk me through how they would tackle things like numeracy/literacy planning ?
    and the positives/negatives of having ks2 together

    thanks wookster
  2. greta444

    greta444 New commenter

    Worry not! Just teach to their ability. It's no different from my Y4/5 class who have levels from 2b to 5a. You are likely to have a pretty small class too, so you can personalise learning and tailor to ALN really well. Go for it. The only downside I can see is that there would be a really small staff so you's better get on with everyone. Look around the school first.
  3. wookster

    wookster New commenter

    thanks for your reply
    yes i can cope with the range as in my year 5/6 class last year i had level w to level 5 - nightmare!
    i am worried where i would start with the objectives for numeracy/lit?
    Unfortunately I haven't got time to look around the school as the closing date is 9.00am tomorrow!
    I have driven out to look at it, it looks lovely in a beuatiful village setting.

    I think there are 23 chn in the class so a lovely size, if I have TA as well that could help.

  4. nacca

    nacca New commenter

    <font size="2">Hi</font><font size="2"> </font><font size="2">I teach a 3, 4, 5 & 6 class - hardest job I've ever had! The attainment levels of children are from 1- 5. Differentiation is the key obviously! </font><font size="2">Literacy actually isn&rsquo;t too bad as the children can all access the texts at varying levels! Maths is harder and when you need QUALITY support. We have a four year rolling programme. </font><font size="2">Maturity is the biggest issue - when year 3 join they seem very young (surprises me every year!) but they have to &lsquo;grow up&rsquo; quickly.</font><font size="2">You&rsquo;ll get to know the children &lsquo;inside out&rsquo; and develop relationships with the whole family but if you have a child that really irritates you - 4 years is a long time! </font> Good luck with that application!

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