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Starting NQT year. Help please...

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by vix62, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. Hey guys. I'm staring my NQT year in a SEN school in a class from ages 4-8 and very early P levels to NC level 1. I was just wondering if anyone had any brilliant display ideas. I'm thinking of making a 'Meet the class' type one including staff and ones related to topics covering but if anyone has any other great ideas i'd be extremely grateful!
    I'm also starting panicking a little about the first week. I obviously want everyone to get to know each other and settle down into the routine etc but does anyone have any activity ideas for this age range and ability level?
    Oh and any other general advice for an NQT in a special school would be fantastic [​IMG]
    I'm starting to really panic now as the job seems a mammoth one! Eeeek!
    Thanks,
    Vicx
     
  2. Hey guys. I'm staring my NQT year in a SEN school in a class from ages 4-8 and very early P levels to NC level 1. I was just wondering if anyone had any brilliant display ideas. I'm thinking of making a 'Meet the class' type one including staff and ones related to topics covering but if anyone has any other great ideas i'd be extremely grateful!
    I'm also starting panicking a little about the first week. I obviously want everyone to get to know each other and settle down into the routine etc but does anyone have any activity ideas for this age range and ability level?
    Oh and any other general advice for an NQT in a special school would be fantastic [​IMG]
    I'm starting to really panic now as the job seems a mammoth one! Eeeek!
    Thanks,
    Vicx
     
  3. Hello Vic. I too am starting my NQT year in an SEN school. Although the pupils in my class are 13, 14 and 15. They vary from P6-NC 1 and few 2s.
     
  4. Beb

    Beb

    Hi, I am also starting NQT year in special school year 7s working at P levels 4 - N.C level 1,
    i am really excited but also feeling a little daunted by the planning etc, also trying to think of ideas for first day,
    think it is important to allow time to get to know each other as well as introducing routines etc,
    so many ideas buzzing round head......

     
  5. Loony tunes

    Loony tunes New commenter

    Hi, I'm about to be an NQT with a PMLD class in a mainstream comp. I've done quite a bit of supply work there but am still quite nervous. I'll be working with Y8-11 with pupils P2 - NC level 1. I can't wait to get started but am not really sure of everything I need to do between now and September!
     
  6. Sounds like we're all feeling pretty much the same! [​IMG]
    It's nice to know i'm not the only one feeling like this!
    I'm going to do as much planning as possible in the hols and then just go with the flow in September. I'll have to otherwise i'm going to drive myself crazy!! Still can't help worrying though I suppose. Oh well, i'm going on holiday in 2 weeks so can hopefully forget about school stuff for a little while! [​IMG]
    Good luck for September everyone!! Oh and if I have any brain waves for fun, get to know everyone type activites I'll let you all know.
    Vicx
     
  7. HI, I was an NQT in your situation 2 years ago. Feel free to message me if you ever have any questions.
    As for displays I do one which celebrates good work. I place a photo of each child on the baord normally in a flower or something and then when a child has achieved something we write it on a post it note and stick it onto one of the petals. This means if i'm away I know about any major things the children have achieved. People visiting can read it and talk to the children about thier achievements. It also helps to highlight which pupils are not getting many and maybee we need to look at the work. It also stays up all year with only a few altertations.
     
  8. Oh that sounds like a lovely idea for a display horsemadlady thanks [​IMG]
    I might take you up on that offer to message you sometime over the summer.
    Thanks again.
    Vicx
     
  9. Hey,
    I am also starting in a SEN school with children working at P1-P3 and age range 4-6. I have been trying to think of ideas for the first week as well and so far haven't come up with any.
    I have started planning and know which topics I am covering throughout the year- so know the displays that are going to be put up when we have done some work.
    I am also going to do a birthday board and will get the children to do some art work for this in the first few days.
    I am also creating a nursery rhyme sack with objects of reference to each song which I can use throughout the day and I am going to make one up for counting songs.
    If anyone has any other ideas I would love to know and I hope some of these ideas help!
    xxx
     
  10. Make up a box of intresting toys (like you get from the pound shop) bubbles, balloons, noisy toys. They are great for choosing items and requesting 'more.'
    Also a sensory boxes for different colours, and all the different senses.
    Why not try a sensory cookery sesson making something like angel delight?
    resouces to always have in are cornflour, paints, hair gel, shaving foam, funky soap, baby lotion, wet spagetti these are great for sensory sessions.
    Just a few ideas to get you started
     
  11. J22

    J22

    hello
    Im new to this forum and posting thingy so I hope it works. I have just finished my NQT year at a PMLD and SLD school in KS2 class.
    I love your display idea, just how do you mange to keep the post its up.
    Also how do you display your pupils targets - IEPs - so they can access them?
    Thanks very much
    P.S do you have any ideas of how to display work without using bluetack or staples

     
  12. J22

    J22

    Hello I created tactile names with their photos underneath which is nice cos you can work 1:1 but also pupils can look at each names and photos. I also created stars with the pupils photo on it which they decoreted
    Have fun

     
  13. Hi, I finished my NQT year with 16-19 year olds of s similar range of abilities last October. One thing it's important to bear in mind is that repetition is vital. A good multisensory story with lots of props, related to your topic, will easily bear repeating once or twice a week for at least half a term, as you'll find the children become more and more responsive and engaged as they get to know the story, the props, the voices etc.

    It's very hard work but I wouldn't do anything else. Good luck
     
  14. Hi there
    You could hang work from string hung across the room - if your alarm system allows it - or use tissue paper to make pictures (layers of tissue and watered down school glue, layered onto plastic bags - when this dries it can be peeled off and then either cut into shapes or directly stuck to windows - copydex often peels off cleanly, but try a small sample first).
    About the IEP's - do the children have a high enough level of understanding to need to access their IEP's - could there not be a simple target board that could use photos and widgit symbols to give them each 1 or 2 targets that could be written in clear and simple language - having 'smart' IEP can often make them a bit wordy!
    I hope that this is useful.
    Becky
     
  15. Hi there
    It is great to see so many NQT's going into SEN. This is something that I did over 10 years ago, and it was a bit more rare then. I hope that you all settle quickly, and enjoy it as much as I always have.
    The first day is always a bit daunting, because you can't prepare worksheets for the class, or get ideas from mainstream workbooks.
    I agree that lots of 'getting to know you' activities are great. Take photos of the children as often as you can which can be printed out on paper for quick (but cheap) displays. You could simply have a temporary display of photos of them, showing the things that they enjoyed playing with on the first day!!!
    It is also an idea to have lots of social playing for the children to get to know each other, especially if the classes are mixed up a lot each year - as I often found that they were. Passing the ball games, choosing friends to play in paired activities - paired bikes, in the soft play area, dressing up, playing in the sand and water area, sharing books with an adult, going on the computer - your classroom environment will give you the list of appropriate ideas.
    It is a good idea to do lots of group activities such as these, but also have some 1:1 or smaller group activities so that the children get to know you. You need to build up a good relationship due to the close level of working that small class SEN teaching leads to.
    I found that the biggest challenge of SEN teaching could often be working with the classroom assistants. You often have more assistants in a class than teachers, and, especially if you are new to teaching, the assistants can often have more expereince than you. It is good to make time to sit down with the assistants to find out if they have particular areas of interest, or particular activites that they like less, so that you can try to timetable this in. You must let them know that you won't always be able to take things like this into consideration though. Their help and advice can be invaluable, but don't get hung up on doing things that way that they have always been done. Introduce new ideas by suggesting that you 'have a go' at new things to see how they go. It is often good to find a friendly face on the teaching staff that you can get ideas from and share resources with also.
    Don't forget the parents also - they are often more nervous that you or the children on the first day of term (and this will be even more so if their child is new to the school). The home-school book is a real life-line, especially when so many of the children will be bussed in. If at all possible send photos home of the class and the staff members so that the parents can talk to their children about you, alongside a 'normal week' timetable. If you can take 1 or 2 digitial pictures of the children on the first day or two and stick them in the book this will really help to reassure the parents, especially is the children have limitted or no verbal communication. It can all be very time consuming, but can really make a difference to those at home.
    I have always found SEN teaching so rewarding, and loved the freedom of adapting the curriculum to the needs of my classes. I have taught primary aged children in both specialist schools, and provisions attached to mainstream schools. The children have had MLD, SLD, PMLD, MDVI, ASD and Speech and Language Impairments, so please ask if you think I could help.
    Becky

     
  16. Hi everybody!
    I'm so glad to have stumbled on this - I tried to set one up in the NQT forum but it didn't really take off!.
    I too am an an NQT going into a KS2 class, all 9 chn are working in the p levels, and there are four teaching assistants. I'm really really nervous. Becky, your experience and advice is invaluable - particualrly with talking to the TA's with regard to areas of interest. I will be sending photos home on the first day - this sounds like a great idea - I did meet the parents at the end of term, but they were having a little bit of a wobble as they chn have been with the same teacher for 3 yrs! Argh!
    Has anybody come up with any fab introductory activities?! I've been so busy trying to resource different things for the classroom - but I think it's so hard to plan without knowing the chn yet xxxx
     
  17. Beb

    Beb

    Hi great advice Becky, much appreciated, I shall be a special NQT and am getting more and more nervous,
    I know that I cannot plan too much without knowing the children but feel that I should be doing more,
    School have been great and have said just go with the flow and that it will take time to settle and get to know the children and the TA's, but so want to do a good job know doubting myself.
    So much to think about B squared, IEP,s planning and resources,
    sure I am not the only one feeling like this but trying to avert panic.


     
  18. Beb, this is exactly how I am feeling!
     
  19. A few tried and tested ideas:
    Create a song box / bag. Place items inside that relate to songs e.g. sheep, teapot, doll and ask each child to select an item to choose the next song.
    Game (based on Flo Longhorn's 'magic hat circle game' in the book sensory drama for very special people): Sit in a circle and play pass the parcel or use a spinner to select a pupil and place a brightly coloured hat on them. Sing a song e.g. Sally's got her hat on (tune the sun has got his hat on).
    Sing hello songs and explore coloured sensory objects then make A3 place mats decorating with their own photograph, name and favourite colours. Laminate and use across the year to show where their place is.
    Go on a treasure hunt around the school to find specific items e.g. flags.
     
  20. Thank you rebel333, great ideas - look forward to introducing them to my class next week!

     

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