Hi, I'm new to the primary sector, having landed a job teaching a year 3/4 mixed class, and things are much more different to secondary teaching than I'd imagined. Staff at my new school are very helpful, but also very busy! I'm not teaching today so I'm trying to get ahead of the curve, ready for tomorrow and Friday. There are a few major things that I'm particularly worried about. 1) I was actually quite confident about teaching maths because my own background is in secondary physics and kids often need help with the basics. However, it seems that there are hundreds of methods I've never used before, let alone taught! The children all use different ones too! One example would be division. I worked with a group of 8 whilst the other children in my class set down to an independent task. I give my group a sum to do (let's say 56/8). One kid starts by drawing 8 circles and then drawing 56 dots, one in each circle in turn.He finds that he has 7 dots in each by the end and therefore he knows the answer is 7. He can also use this method to work out remainders. Another child starts with 0, and adds 8s until she reaches 56. Another starts from 56 and subtracts multiples of 8 (say 16 or 24), adds up the multiples and gets the same answer of 7. Another does the same method, but works upwards from 0. My questions are: how many methods are there? Are there this many for addition, subtraction and multiplication too? I think I should try to get them all singing from the same hymn sheet (using the same method), otherwise I have to teach 4 or 5 differnet methods all at once! Does this sound sensible and how might I go about getting them all doing the same thing? All of these kids should be level 2a-3c, by the way. My class goes from 1c up to 3a, in 4 differentiated groups. 2) My second worry is about literacy. It has gotten so technical since I was at school! Do you know of any good places where I can learn the lingo, becasue I have no idea what a BOYS sentence is- but I can guess intelligently about things such as an "adverbial phrase" or a "conjunctive clause", but it would be good to know what they are beforehand rather than working them out on the spot. Is there a nice list somewhere? That would be of great help! Actually, I question the logic of teaching kids who can't spell or write in proper sentences such lechnical language, but I think I have to live with that one as there's a big push at the school to make kids aware of it. 3) Marking. Tomorrow I have to get the kids to read through each others' stories and peer assess them against some criterial I've not yet been given (tomorrow morning- I will get the criteria- joy!) The only thing is, I've never marked anyone's work myself, let alone taught someone else how to do so! I presume it'll be a highlight the criteria achieved exercise, or tick the box, but do you have any advice for this? 4) PE. Tomorrow I have to teach outdoor PE. I've never taught outside before (ok, twice I did experiements outside during my PGCE year), and I've not even played tag rugby since I was 11. i have a lesson plan for it, but I wondered whether anyone has advice for this? How to manage getting changed? Will they run riot on the way to the playground, or when they're playing the game? Any advice welcome! Those are the major things. I will have a chat with the people at school, but any help I could get from the good folks here at TES would be gratefully received!