I wonder if anyone could please offer me any help/tips that have worked with you. I teach reception and everything is going ok apart from the noise level. When we are on the carpet etc. they are extremely quiet and listen well, but when we are working/playing independently the noise level is horrendous. The classroom is only small and so when I am working with a group it is very hard as the noise level around us if horrid. There is no where else within the school where I can take groups to. At the moment I am stopping them every so often when the noise level gets too bad and I ask them all to stop what they are doing and be silent for 1 minute. They do this no problem but as soon as they go back to work/play, the noise level just goes up and up again, so this is not really working. Any ideas please?