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mixed year 4,5 and 6 class - advice please!

Discussion in 'Primary' started by iamsmile, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. Hi all, I am a trainee and I have just been asked to my very first interview at a small village school, for the post of KS2 teacher, teaching a class of around 24 pupils from year 4 - 6.
    I am fairly sure there will be questions at my interview with regards to how I will handle planning and delivering lessons across such a big age range. I would really appreciate any advice and tips as to how teachers do this - I am thinking along the lines of grouping according to ability rather than 'year' or 'age', differentiation via task / outcome depending on the objectives of the lesson, and using my ta cleverly!!

    Any other ideas? Am I thinking along the right lines?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. Hi all, I am a trainee and I have just been asked to my very first interview at a small village school, for the post of KS2 teacher, teaching a class of around 24 pupils from year 4 - 6.
    I am fairly sure there will be questions at my interview with regards to how I will handle planning and delivering lessons across such a big age range. I would really appreciate any advice and tips as to how teachers do this - I am thinking along the lines of grouping according to ability rather than 'year' or 'age', differentiation via task / outcome depending on the objectives of the lesson, and using my ta cleverly!!

    Any other ideas? Am I thinking along the right lines?

    Thanks!!
     
  3. It might be worth enquirying about whether there is an extra support in the mornings for numeracy/literacy, as in a number of small schools. Can you offer about 3 subject specialisms?

     
  4. When I visited the school I was told that there is a TA for the class, though I'm not sure how often she is there.
    Erm... My main specialism is science, but also have a lot of experience with drama. I'm guessing this is a good thing to put across becuase it's such a small school? Thanks, I didn't think of that before :)
     
  5. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Science will be a definite advantage, big it up lots.

    Definitely talk, as you planned, about being flexible with groupings, sometimes year and sometimes ability.

    Mention what you will do to prepare year 6 for SATs while still teaching the others.

    Talk about fostering community spirit and all that...

    Best of luck.
     
  6. greta444

    greta444 New commenter

    I teach year 4 and 5 with some very bright children working at Y6 level. The key is differentiation. I have 5 groups for maths, grouped by ability, not age and 3 groups for language. I have 23 ch, sat at 5 tables so the groups are small and that any group work done by mayself and the T.A. is focussed of just 3 or 4 children. The rest are expected to work independently although I do call individual children over to check how they are getting on.
    Have high expectations, the younger/lower ability children will strive to keep up with the clever ones and everyone moves forward.
    You will probably have a question about working with a t.a. Something like building and maintaining good working relationships with classroom assistants.
    If you have some musical ability that would be good to bring up, there aren't that many people that do.
    Good luck
     

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