We have 2 reception classes in a shared class. After story time we gather most of the children together (SEND children are split into a quieter area of the class to wait) and handout book -bags, lunch boxes etc. Then we call each child's name as each parent/carer is spotted and the children are 'released' to their appropriate adult. The problem is it becomes VERY NOISY and hectic. It isn't a pleasant way to end the day. Do any of you have tried & tested methods for a calm/quiet end to the day?