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First day/week in Reception for an NQT

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by redwoodsgirl434497, Jul 9, 2019.

  1. redwoodsgirl434497

    redwoodsgirl434497 New commenter

    Hi everyone

    In September, I'm starting my NQT year teaching Reception in one of my PGCE placement schools. I'm thrilled to bits and enormously excited but increasingly nervous as I start considering how to settle the children in.

    I wondered if anyone might be able to suggest a structure for the first day and the first week? And does anyone have a list of things I should be assessing children on in that first week or so? I am sure my own list is lacking some key skills.

    Thanks so much
  2. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Let them play and get to know them that way.
    Anna Ephgrave's 'Reception year in action' will give you some good ideas of what to expect and what you can do, even if you don't follow the philosophy.

    You'll assess them informally as you go...who can play, manage toileting, share, leave a carer, etc
    Let parents come in to the room to settle them at first, if they haven't been to the school nursery.
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  3. Sadie88

    Sadie88 New commenter

    I am in exactly the same situation as you, very excited but waiting to start is making me nervous! Good luck :)
  4. teapot24

    teapot24 New commenter

    Absolutely agree. Let them play. Spend time playing along with them. Talk to them and get to know them. Introduce routines and things. We use the leuven scales to check in with how they are settling.
  5. redwoodsgirl434497

    redwoodsgirl434497 New commenter

    You too. Eeek!
  6. TeacherMan19

    TeacherMan19 Occasional commenter

    Agree with the above. It is observation time. You can prepare a few focused activities for them to try out maybe if you want to assess particular things but most importantly make some positive relationships and make them love coming to school. Focused activity times might just be reading a book. It always was in my first couple of weeks when I was teaching in England.
  7. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    Congratulations on gaining your posts. There is no job in education more fascinating than early years.
  8. grumbleweed

    grumbleweed Lead commenter

    Agree with above. I'd introduce some small group times, eg story or song time, so they get used to gathering on the carpet, but keep them short.
    If you have a staggered intake, just enjoy having fewer children and take time to reassure parents too. It might surprise you how many parents are as anxious (or more) as the children.
    Spend time showing children where things are...toilets, coat pegs, aprons etc and establish those routines early on. Don't be surprised how long it takes to wash hands for snack or get coats on, time spent supporting independence will pay dividends later on. Don't faff about with finding out what numbers they know or which letters they can read, this will come through playing games and chatting initially.
    If there are records from nurseries or preschools, read them. Note particularly if any are very shy or anxious (they may be completely different but it helps you to get a picture)
    Enjoy it, it's really hard work, but we'll worth it.
  9. ABCCBA123321

    ABCCBA123321 Occasional commenter

    Use the time to start to embed routines for things like tidying up, coming to and from the carpet, lining up (if you ever manage to master them not insisting on lining up with their noses practically touching an inwardly opening door please do return to let the rest of us know that solution because even blooming year 6 persist in doing it), things like the before-lunch routine and anticipate everything taking three times as long as you'd expect it to - especially hometime. Things like story times and some very low-key Maths and Literacy input just in terms of stories and counting songs to start to build those routines - that's really really enough for them because all of that is basically encompassed under "just let them play".
  10. Sir Cumference

    Sir Cumference Occasional commenter

    A great way to embed routines is to sing very short tunes that give children an understanding of what is to happen next in a pleasurable way. This is one of my CDs, which has been 'tried and tested' and really works,http://www.onemoretime.biz/snippety-songs.htm

    The 24 songs can be sung every day to enhance routines and activities such as meeting friends, counting, writing, playing, helping each other, saying please and thank you, painting, dressing up, getting ready for lunch, tidying up and many others.

    I can post it to arrive the day after you order (if before 4.00 pm) Sorry if this looks like advertising - I'm just trying to help!

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