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Teaching a mixed Year 3/4 class

Discussion in 'English' started by daisydrops1991, May 3, 2019.

  1. daisydrops1991

    daisydrops1991 New commenter

    Hello everyone.

    I have been offered a job interview next week at a two-form intake primary school that focuses on mixed classes. They have asked me to teach a 45 minute English lesson and have been told the topic is 'Trailblazers' which is focusing on the Americans. I was wondering if anyone would be able to offer me any advice please? I've never taught English at an interview before so I am quite nervous!
     
  2. roamingteacher

    roamingteacher Established commenter Forum guide

    You might have more luck on the primary forum. Failing that, I'm sure there's a ton of online resources on the topic made by US teachers.
     
  3. I would use a picture book as a stimulus - I'm sorry I can't name any specifically but a quick google has found this really promising blog post: https://coloursofus.com/17-new-picture-books-about-black-history/. I would give the children some context about whoever you've chosen, read them a bit of the book and come to a page which offers a talking point. Ask a big question: 'Why do you think...?' 'Do you agree that...' 'How do you know?' Have photocopies of this page available for the children to annotate, using PostIts or just writing right onto it. You could use VIPERS question stems to help you - https://www.literacyshedblog.com/uploads/1/2/5/7/12572836/ks2_reading_vipers.pdf (here is the link to the VIPERS page in case you haven't come across it before - https://www.literacyshedblog.com/blog/reading-vipers)

    Hope that gives you some pointers. Good luck!
     

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