Hi, I have applied for a teaching assistant position and been offered an interview next Monday. The interview process starts off with me being given a group of Year 1s to do a maths or English 20 min activity of my choice to see how I interact with them and generally build rapport. I'm really nervous about this despite volunteering at the school on and off for a few years, so hoped I could run my 'lesson' idea by you for any advice: I've gone with maths - I'm planning on placing a purse on the table and asking the children what coins they know. If they e.g. say a 2p then I will let them open the purse and see if they can find one (of which there will be a few of each). When all the coins are guessed and laid out on the table I will ask them to put them in order from smallest to largest value (I was planning on 1p up to £2 to allow for different abilities). If they find all this very easy, I will extend by asking one child to pick two coins and asking another child to see if they can work out the total that has been picked. Then I was going to get three character teddies out (say a pirate, a princess and my daughter's hippo) and say that these 3 characters want to buy a pair of fantastic rollerskates from the toy shop but they need your help to work out if they have enough money (each character will have their own purse with money in) - rollerskate picture produced with price tag attached (75p). The children then count the money in the 1st purse and write down how much there is with me helping them if they have trouble- they then move onto purses 2 and 3 writing down the amounts. We then discuss who has enough money to buy the skates. For children a bit more advanced we would try and work out how much more e.g the pirate needed to get the skates and then see if we can find that amount in my purse to give him. Am I bonkers - or is this a good idea. I'm trying to find something that will engage them for 20 mins and allow enough room for extending brighter children. Please help! Any advice would be amazing!!!!!