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Reception interview- advice please?

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by flibbertigibit, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. flibbertigibit

    flibbertigibit New commenter

    Hello all,
    I currently teach in KS1, which is where most of my experience has been, but I’m leaving my current post at the end of this term and have an interview for a job teaching Reception. For the interview I have 25 minutes to do whole-class teaching followed by a focus group task. What I wanted to check is whether it’s likely that I’m expected to keep the focus task very short so I can get through every group or if I should spend the whole time just with one group?
    Also, I was thinking of bringing some resources for their continuous provision that relate to the whole-class teaching, does that seem like the right idea? I’d be really grateful for any advice!
  2. Chicken_madras

    Chicken_madras Occasional commenter

    I would advise you to have no more than 15 minutes whole class then a focus group. You are unlikely to get through more than one focus group in the time. Good luck!
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  3. Chicken_madras

    Chicken_madras Occasional commenter

    Oh and absolutely bring some child led provision with you.
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  4. scarfandhat

    scarfandhat New commenter

    I would keep it to one group and bring continuous provision based on your teaching with you. When/if the children choose to play and learn independently with the provision whilst you are with a group it will show that they were engaged with what you taught them. When I had an interview with reception, I asked the children who would like to work with me in a group when I had finished teaching and then chose a small group. I then differentiated on the spot (and in the planning) during the activity.
    Hope this helps!
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  5. flibbertigibit

    flibbertigibit New commenter

    Thank you both so much, that's really helpful advice.

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