Hi, I'm an NQT who has just started a years maternity cover in a childrens centre nursery. My inherited timetable has letters and sounds activities 3 times a week as a whole class carpet session as a 5 - 10 minute feeder into story time. I have some lively characters in my class. Sitting still and taking turns is not a strong point, which is something I am working on, but at the moment I cannot see how teaching letters and sounds this way can be effective. There are up to 35 children on the carpet. I want to start doing the activities as focus groups but I have no quiet areas (or even hidden corners) for such groups. Basically I just want to hear how other teachers planand teach letters and sound activities. How many children in a group? Are they ability groupings? How you deal with distractions? All information wanted! Thanks.