I would appreacite people's advice and experience on this one! I started in my new school today, in Year 1. I found out on Friday that they have always been taught at tables in Foundation 2, no continous provision/free choice etc. They were told X is doing this and on this table. So today I thought I'd see how they got on with me allowing them to be independent in the areas while I worked with a group...disaster. They had no idea how to use the areas, not because it was a new classroom but because they had been used to such formal teaching. They just couldn't cope sitting on the carpet or in the areas as they are so used to doing everything sat at a table. They kept asking me when were they going to get work to do and asked for worksheets. The TA isn't much help either. She is very stuck in the old ways of teaching and isn't really helping matters. She doesn't like all the changes the new head has made/is making so I am having to deal with her too. Now, I can deal with her as it's being done my way now but the children have shocked me. So do I gradually introduce them to one area at a time, keep it more formal as they are used to be add more independence and less formal as the weeks pass, do I just plough on like I did today or what?? In literacy I planned to have a group and the TA another while the others used the areas (enhanced) and then swap over groups...but they just couldn't manage it. Similar in maths. I've taught in KS1 for almost 9 years and have managed this area for the last 5 but I just feel totally bamboozled by these children. I can't and won't give them worksheets to do! Thanks!