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Help! Ideas needed for an 30 minute literacy focus lesson in reception.

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by miss_ybarnes, May 4, 2012.

  1. I have my first interview next week and have been asked to take a 30 minute lesson with a literacy focus in a reception class. I've never taught in reception before however so I am very worried about what to plan and organisation etc.
    I was thinking of linking it to a story but am not sure what kind of activities to plan for them so any ideas would be welcome!
    Also I have often seen about 3 or 4 activities being done within a reception class when I have observed and if I do this should I let them choose their own activity? I am worried of spending the entire 30 minutes deciding which activity to do.
    Should I make notes on observations or should I be interacting with the children? I have also seen other people say they got the LSA to make notes about observations as well, should I do this?
    I am very confused about it all so any advice would be appreciated, all I know is it should have a literacy focus and I will have 30 children and one LSA.

    Thank you.
     
  2. I have my first interview next week and have been asked to take a 30 minute lesson with a literacy focus in a reception class. I've never taught in reception before however so I am very worried about what to plan and organisation etc.
    I was thinking of linking it to a story but am not sure what kind of activities to plan for them so any ideas would be welcome!
    Also I have often seen about 3 or 4 activities being done within a reception class when I have observed and if I do this should I let them choose their own activity? I am worried of spending the entire 30 minutes deciding which activity to do.
    Should I make notes on observations or should I be interacting with the children? I have also seen other people say they got the LSA to make notes about observations as well, should I do this?
    I am very confused about it all so any advice would be appreciated, all I know is it should have a literacy focus and I will have 30 children and one LSA.

    Thank you.
     
  3. First of all Good Luck and Do not panic!!!!
    You are right to think about a few different activities for the class, however of course not all children will be able to do all the activities in one lesson. Perhaps mention that this would be a starter lesson for a series of lessons so that each child can participate in all the activities.
    Good idea to use a story, and try to use one the children already would know because 30 minutes is not very long!
    It could be a character focused lesson perhaps? Maybe the gingerbread man? And children could design their own gingerbread man or make a gingerbread man from playdough. Children could write the phrases from the book or role play the gingerbread man saying "run, run etc..."

    Labelling a character is always good or ordering the story with flashcards. Remember to bring the children back together at the end and ask a few of them what they have learned or ask a few questions to check their understanding.

    Definitely use your LSA, maybe working with a group whilst you monitor and observe all the children? Or take half each to observe.

    You will be fine I am sure, it is never easy going into somewhere unfamiliar to teach for such a short period of time! Good luck!
     

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