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I am an unqualified Reception teacher...help!

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by bekala000, Aug 31, 2015.

  1. Just as I finished university, I started as a KS1 TA for a small independant school last year. I have just found out, 2 days before the beginning of the new school year, that I am going to be the new reception class teacher. The class is small, with only 6 children. I have no teacher training and the school cannot afford to hire a qualified teacher for the reception class. WHAT am I supposed to do? I have no idea how and what to teach these kids?! I cannot deny the post because the headteacher has a history of firing anyone that says no. I have no lesson plans, no knowledge of what Reception class children are supposed to learn, or any clue about the EYFS. Can somebody, anybody, please give me a bit of guidance. Anything will be useful.

    Thank you
  2. Camokidmommy

    Camokidmommy Established commenter

    What a hideous situation to be in! Have you been offered any support? It sounds like you haven't.

    If you look at Development Matters that should give you a starting point. Many of your children will be in 40-60, but some will be around the 30-50 band. As you look down the columns the left is ideas of things they could achieve at that age or stage. The other columns give you ideas for what you could do to achieve these. It may seem like lots to take in but there is some good stuff in there. Start with settling the children down and getting on together. Read stories, sing sings, encourage them to talk and listen to one another.

    Let us know how things go and GOOD LUCK
  3. Kartoshka

    Kartoshka Established commenter

    Yes, google "Development Matters", which is the curriculum for EYFS (freely available online). It is very good and will explain not just what to teach but how you could teach it.
  4. Nikkibell811

    Nikkibell811 New commenter

    And breathe........

    6 children, that's ok. As the previous posters said, look at Development Matters. Children learn through play and interaction with adults. Don't panic about 'lessons' at this stage. Start with helping them to socialise, develop confidence, use language, sing, tell stories. Think of them as a little family you need to nurture.

    One thing you need to start teaching early on is phonics (usually after the first week or two). Find Letters and Sounds on the gov.uk website. Reception children should have covered phase one in nursery - but have a quick scan as the ideas can be carried on through reception. Phonics 'teaching' kicks in at phase two and is done daily. There is guidance in the document to help you and resources on the Internet.

    Get to know the children and what they can do. This will help you plan what to do next, using the development matters to see where to go.

    Children won't learn until they are settled and happy, have good physical skills and can understand and use language effectively - so start with these. Then it's about helping them read, write and have basic number skills. It's not about learning 'stuff', it's about acquiring 'skills'.

    Best wishes and good luck.
  5. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    I'm appalled. If the school can't afford to pay a qualified teacher for the hugely important post of reception year teacher, it should be slated by ofsted and commanded to shut and/or to review its finances. No offence intended to you, by the way, but we seem to be returning to the age of the governess here. Six children to teach sounds lovely, but there's no guaranteeing that they'll get on.
  6. Thank you to all the responses! Just had the first week with the littlies and it has been fab! Stressful but I am feeling hopeful that I can manage. Thankfully the KS1 teacher realised my inexperience and has taken me under her very experienced wing.
  7. Camokidmommy

    Camokidmommy Established commenter

    Glad to hear you've enjoyed your first week! Reception is lovely and you'll be absolutely fine, especially if you have a someone who you can turn to.

    have fun!
  8. dizzymai

    dizzymai New commenter

    AN independent school!!!! So parents are paying for their children to be taught by an unqualified teacher? No disrespect to you but this is shocking. And the Head fires anyone who says no? For real? What kind of bullying behaviour is this?

    I hope you get HMI/OFSTED in soon and this is exposed. 6 children does sound lush though- I have 30.....enjoy them as much as you can.

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