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Lesson observation-Royal wedding year 1

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by midget_gem74, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. Hi I've got a lesson observation for an interview on the afternoon before the royal wedding. I've just been told that I can teach what I like so being the day before the royal wedding I thought I'd do something around the event. I've been advised by a teacher at the school to do a Literacy lesson. I've got a few ideas and just wanted some advice/feedback as I can't decide.
    1. Do some literacy/pshe about feelings. When have the children been excited/ looked forward to something? LA write key words/draw a picture. MA write sentences about it and HA do the same but use words such as because etc Finish with some hot seating/ drama of the children being Kate and Will and asking how they feel.
    2. Literacy about lists. Start with talking about different laws and get the chn imagine if they were king or quenn for a day which laws would they introduce. hotseat two chn and give them a crown, cloak etc and ask them there laws while i scribe and point out to the chn how to set out the work. Chn then go and write their laws. I can't decide how I'd differentiate this though I like the hotseating at the start.
    3. The children will be having a Dand T week so maybe some instruction work. Maybe discuss how people celebrate the royal wedding with street parties, look at photos of past street parties. Tell the chn we are going to have out street party but I din't have time to make fruit kebab or sandwiches? I show chn how to make a kebab, make a list of what makes good instuctions. LA chn sequence photos of how to make a kebab and then make one. MA write instuctions maybe with photos to help and then make their kebabs and HA write instructions and make their kebabs. Plenary talk about how clear their instuctions were to follow, why instructions need to be clear, did they match our list etc. can then eat the kebabs in our own little street party.
    4. Question and answers. What would they like to ask kate/ will/ the queen. Go through what we need for a good question. Children then write thier questions. then for the plenary I act in role as one of the people or a child does and they ask their questions.
    I'm doing the lesson at a school where I do supply (the deputy from the school the job I'm at is coming to watch) so I do have an idea what level the children at. I'm being observed for around 30mins/45mins. Any of these lessons stand out? or should I try and think down another line.... any comments appreciated! Thanks

  2. can i ask where abouts this interview is, just in case we use the same idea etc!!!
  3. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    I wouldn't use that idea in the context of the Royal family in the UK as ours is a constitutional monarchy and you'd be creating the clear impression in young minds that our monarchs can make laws.
    Keep that idea for a lesson about government.
    I liked No1 and No 4 . I saw simple paper masks of Kate and Will in a local shop today and they'd add a comic dimension as you took the parts and answered the pupils' questions.
  4. I'm in the north west. Thanks for your thoughts will have a think over Easter, I've spotted some masks as well they'd be good to use for the hotseating!
  5. fantastischfish

    fantastischfish Established commenter

    I hate pointing out typos, but to avoid you making a fool of yourself at interview I'm going to...just in case! Do, do, DO check your spelling of there/they're/their on all lessons plans and resources and, of course, all other spellings. You really don't want to be teaching a Literacy lesson if you can't demonstrate good Literacy skills yourself!
    I'm sure this is just a one-off typos, but doo check carefully for the real thing!
    I agree with Middlemarch - it's great to see someone come looking for advice with ideas of their own already. Well done.

    How about doing a piece of creative writing in role as Kate or William? Or do a newspaper report about the day?
    Sorry, you don't say what age group this is for and I'm secondary English so I'm thinking more of what I'd do with year 7 or 8 in an interview lesson on the same topic.
    Ooooooh, what about getting them to act out the wedding and have children giving the TV commentary? The group can write the commentary together, some act out the different stages of the wedding whilst the others perform the voice-over. Alternatively, it could be a TV news report in which the presenters in the studio introduce the wedding segment, then transfer to reporters outside Kate's hotel/Westminster Abbey etc to report what's going on.
    Good luck.
  6. obviously i check my spelling and grammar for applications etc but seeing as I'm not being marked on the forum I don't bother. I say in my post its for Year 1 but they're good ideas for upper ks2.
    I ended up doing the instructions one as I could differentiate it easily. the LO was for la to recongise and sequence instruction words, ma to write clear instructions, ha to write clear instructions and recongise bossy verbs. lesson went well, over ran a bit but all the children enjoyed and there were no disasters. feedback from the lesson straight away was that the head had had a lovely afternoon. after the interview she told me it was good with outstanding features. I had 4 adults in the room, including myself (thats just how it is on that day, i didnt get anyone extra in) so she said thats why it wasn't outstanding, but i had obviously prepared them well for the lesson and they were using questions well etc. she was impressed that a supply teacher had gone to so much effort (not sure what this says about her opinon of supply teachers). in the end everything else went well but there were 2 internal candidates so the jobs went to them. she did give detailed feedback though which was more helpful then "you were good but we chose someone with more experience". thanks for everyones help!

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