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Interview for KS1...

Discussion in 'Primary' started by rahmara, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. Hello all. I'm in need of some help. My specialism is early years and I applied for an early years post but i've been shortlisted for an interview in KS1. I feel that I do not have enough knowledge around KS1/KS2. I'm reading all the clickables and finding information on the new changes to the NC along with assessment information. Is there anything else I need to be aware of or up-to-date with? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
  2. breadmaker

    breadmaker New commenter

    I don't know if this will help you or not, but may be something to think about?
    In KS1, Y1 especially, you need to be able to deliver teaching and learning using many different styles- ie- you need to be able to work with groups, manage independent and child initiated learning and continuous provision, but you also need to be able to deliver whole class lessons from the front as it were as the needs of the children will change during the year.
    Make sure you are familiar with the National Curriculum Programmes of study as they are now- the proposed changes are not due to come into effect until 2014, so I wouldn't worry too much about them at the moment- as these will form the basis of the Learning Objectives for your medium and short term planning.
    Y1 is THE year for learning to read, so be aware that you will need to show knowledge of how to actually teach reading, rather than just hearing children read or test them on lists of words. Not all schools use it, but looking at APP for reading and writing for Levels 1 and 2 may give you some idea of the kinds of things that children will be learning in y1 and y2.
    You also need to have some awareness of NC levels so that you would be able to level/assess a child by looking at work they have done or assess knowledge through conversations you have had with them. Make sure you know as much as you can about Letters and Sounds- Phase 5 runs for most of Y1 and is a huge programme.
    I hope you don't think I'm trying to put you off, but we quite often have EY practitioners who come into Y1 and they find the whole thing so totally different and sometimes a bit of a shock when they are used to working with individuals/small groups only doing a lot of free flow and retrospective planning based on children's interests rather than advance planning based on pre-determined objectives.
    Good luck!
  3. No not all, it sounds exciting actually and i'm looking forward to it. Thank you very much for your help, it's so useful! Appreciate it a lot :)

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