The vast majority of my Y1 class are incapable of working independently. Perhaps this is normal, but they need to get better at it so I'm looking for ideas!! In most lessons, I will set a task, usually differentiated in maths or literacy. I then usually work with a group, the TA will work with another. I make it clear to the children working independently what is expected and how much (e.g. 10 sums in numeracy, 3 sentences in literacy) and that once they're done they can simply put their book in the finished work tray and choose an activity to do. I sometimes put a reminder on the board (e.g. circles group - 10 sums). They do not need to show me their book. HOWEVER, every lesson I am plagued by children either coming to show me when they've finished (or when they've done 3 sums and fancy showing me), asking what to do next, telling me that Jonny has touched their arm or that Aaron said "poo" and other such exciting stories. This makes it impossible to work with a group effectively. Today in topic they had a simple task, I made it clear what to do, and I tried to listen to children read whilst they did it. However I could not as so many children kept interrupting, very few for any real reason! I do not think the tasks are too hard as when I mark the work generally most of the children have done well with it. Any suggestions? I only took over in January so I suspect some of it is just what they used to do with the last teacher, but I don't see how it is possible to work effectively with a group if the rest of the class can't entertain themselves for 15 mins with a task that is very clear! Also, any suggestions for what to do about constant tale-telling would be gratefully received. How do I make it clear that I'm not interested in Daniel playing with the plaster on his finger without being rude??