Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by TAWren, May 3, 2012.

1. ### TAWren

Hi!

I have an interview next week where I have to prepare and deliver a 20
minute numeracy activity with a focus on shape for a group of 6 Yr 1/2
children with mixed ability.

I have done a plan, where I basically get the children to name 4 basic
2D shapes (circle, rectangle, square and pyramid), - with me hiding the shapes and describing the features and them guessing the shape. Then I will give them
a sheet to match the 2D shape up with the 3D shape. As there are only
four shapes, I decided I will make some 3D shapes with the children. I
have 2 options... cutting and sticking net shapes or using straws and
bluetack to build shapes.... which do you think would be best? I also
have an option of using play dough, (to make the sphere and for lower
ability children).

ALSO - The letter says 'Further to this, there will be 2 short tasks for
you to complete during your waiting time' - Any idea what these will
be? Does anyone have any examples of these 'tasks' (tests?)

Thanks!!! Wren x

2. ### TAWren

Hi!

I have an interview next week where I have to prepare and deliver a 20
minute numeracy activity with a focus on shape for a group of 6 Yr 1/2
children with mixed ability.

I have done a plan, where I basically get the children to name 4 basic
2D shapes (circle, rectangle, square and pyramid), - with me hiding the shapes and describing the features and them guessing the shape. Then I will give them
a sheet to match the 2D shape up with the 3D shape. As there are only
four shapes, I decided I will make some 3D shapes with the children. I
have 2 options... cutting and sticking net shapes or using straws and
bluetack to build shapes.... which do you think would be best? I also
have an option of using play dough, (to make the sphere and for lower
ability children).

ALSO - The letter says 'Further to this, there will be 2 short tasks for
you to complete during your waiting time' - Any idea what these will
be? Does anyone have any examples of these 'tasks' (tests?)

Thanks!!! Wren x

3. ### glenn_xpNew commenter

The tasks I have done (secondary) were mainly written tasks. I got a couple of questions and had to write a response, it was along the lines of the child you are working with does something or other, what do you do? or how would you deal with this situation, write the steps you would take etc.
Nets are pretty standard I would have thought. I like the idea of straws and it might engage the children more.

4. ### chocolateworshipperOccasional commenter

One interview I had involved a task - which was to mark a piece of writing.

5. ### lucytrev27

Hi,

Was just looking for ideas too as I think I may be going for the ssame interview as you next Week!!

6. ### TAWren

LOL! As long as you don't nick my ideas!! Where is your interview?

7. ### lucytrev27

It's ok I have my own ideas! It's at Holy Cross, Hucknall, you?

8. ### TAWren

Snap!!! LOL! What time is yours?

9. ### TAWren

Good luck - I'm as nervous as hell already! I am so rubbish at interviews!

10. ### lucytrev27

How funny!! It's at 1pm, you?

9 AM !!

12. ### lucytrev27

First thing!! Hope we get different groups of kids otherwise they will be bored by the time they get to me!! Where are you working at the mo?

13. ### TAWren

They do use different kids. I am working on supply at the moment. What about you? I know there area qite well. How about you, do you know hucknall?

14. ### lucytrev27

I'm working in Clifton at the mo, but have volunteered at Holy Cross before, live in Hucknall and my daughter is at Holy Cross in yr 1.

15. ### TAWren

Good connections, then! Do you know the Head, well? I think I've met her once!

16. ### TAWren

Where in Clifton do you work? I know someone who is a TA in Clifton.

17. ### lucytrev27

No not really, we only moved to the area this year. It is a nice school though the children are so well behaved there! I'm not qualified TA and only had a few weeks experienced so disadvantaged just glad to have been invited to interview!!

18. ### TAWren

The stuff that I got with the application said that bwing qualified was essential ... odd ! But they must've been impressed with your application. How long have you worked in Clifton?

19. ### lucytrev27

I know when I got the pack I asked and they said I was welcome to apply. I think it is because they knwo me - this is why I am glad of the interview! Not been at Clifton long - it's too much of a treck from Hucknall!!

20. ### lucytrev27

Which school does your friend work at?