I'm an NQT starting my first post, in a Y1 class, in January. I'm going in to school tomorrow to sort out my classroom. However, I haven't got the first idea what to do!! Currently, there's not quite enough tables out for all the kids to work comfortably at, and they have been moving more towards whole class activities over the last few weeks I believe. I can get more tables, so I think I'm going to do that and ensure there is enough space for them all to be seated at once. Currently there are signs up for art area, construction area, maths area, literacy area etc, but I don't think these "areas" are really used now as much as they were at the start. So I'm thinking of removing them all except the art area (simply cos that's near the sink and if I get them doing art it will be in groups and in that area!) There's also a role play area which I want to keep. I want to develop the book corner a bit more, at the moment it's not really used. I've got a beanbag I can take in. Don't get me wrong - I still want the kids to do free flow choosing but I don't see why they need a "literacy area" to do writing in - on my Y1 placement the kids used to just write wherever they fancied! I also want the kids to have "carpet places" - at the moment they all sit where they like, but I like it a bit more structured. This will make use of talking partners easier as I'll ensure they sit together. Do these changes sound ok? Or am I changing too much at once? I do want to make some changes and stamp my authority on the room a bit, so the kids know it's my class now, not just the old teacher's class which I happen to be teaching in. I don't want to completely confuse the kids though.