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What to expect/prepare for first teaching post in mixed yr1/2 class?

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by Rachie909, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. I have recently got a job in a year 1/2 class at a church of england primary school. I am really excited to start, but feeling slightly nervous about what to expect.

    I was hoping that I would be able to get some advice/ideas on what questions to ask, what to prepare or even just any tips! The job is also only temporary for a couple of terms so I was wondering how much changes you can make to the classroom when the teacher may be returning?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. I have recently got a job in a year 1/2 class at a church of england primary school. I am really excited to start, but feeling slightly nervous about what to expect.

    I was hoping that I would be able to get some advice/ideas on what questions to ask, what to prepare or even just any tips! The job is also only temporary for a couple of terms so I was wondering how much changes you can make to the classroom when the teacher may be returning?

    Thanks!!
     
  3. Hello, I am also starting my NQT year in September with year 1/2, its a CofE school too!
    Im excited but also a bit worried about the fact that the year one's will be coming out of a child initiated, play based environment, wheraes the year two's will be getting ready for sats! Any advice on managing these transitions together would be much appreciated!

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  4. I hear ya!!
    Just coming out of my NQT year but moving from year 1 to year 1/2...no idea how to work the transition...can do the year 1 transition but not sure how to add year 2's into that mix properly!
     
  5. It depends on your school and the staffing you have. I did a long term supply post in a Year 1/2 class - we split the class 3 times a week which allowed you to give the Year 1s and Year 2s extra tailored support.
    We also had a play based learning area - again Year 1 had 3 sessions there a week (all topic play based learning opportunities) and Year 2 had 2 sessions. This was a nice way to help the transition from EYFS to Year 1, and the Year 2's also benefited from the play based approach.
    We also set for literacy and numeracy - which helped a lot, as you could target the groups within each set.
    I'd also suggest pairing a Year 2 with a Year 1 as a "buddy" during the start of term - this helps the Year 2s to feel responsible and grown up, whilst also supporting the Year 1's during transition.
    Good luck - I had a lovely class and really enjoyed the play based approach in this school.
     

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