Hi fruitloop, I can try to send you some photos but will need to take some first! In the meantime or if I don't get round to it I shall try to paint you a picture with words! We have a carpet area with IWB & Small Wb & their behaviour chart & sticker chart facing them where they move their names up or down depending on behavour/follwing the rules. They all have tables, over in one corner there is a book corner with comfy chair and topic books displayed, in the other corner there is a role play corner, at the mo' it is a punch & judy show which they love- it's got puppets, purses with money in and a clock & sign on which they can write when the next show is. In between this are cabinets & table tops where maths resources are kept etc and on top are some seaside ( topic) linked activity sheets ( they love it!- just a bit of simple colouring & wordsearches etc) Also we have a topic table with an activity on it ( can use in free time) which is a beach sorting activity. Up the other end we have put out some topic books and some of the many shells etc they have been bringing in so they can touch & listen to them. I think you are spot on with this- if they have too much free reign they are never going to learn how to work and they are top of the infants so should be learning to do so but you can still be fun about it. I think the previous poster had very wise words re the continous provision side doesn't always work and I've had many older teachers who have seen it before and now it's back in & they say they think the standards have gone down in Y1/2.(?) I'm not anti it at all in Foundation Stage & of course there should be an element of transition in Year 1 but I think Year 2 is a bit of a knuckle down to it year! I am too quite formal in my approach and my children are also v happy, love bringing in things linked to topic and do like their lessons- I have to say though I'm not too good on the handwriting! Can the last poster tell me what they do e.g. what scheme and how often etc. Thanks!!