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Year 3/4 interview - are these ideas any good for lesson?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Sapphire611, Feb 18, 2019.

  1. Sapphire611

    Sapphire611 New commenter


    I have an upcoming interview for Year 3/4 position and have to teach a 30 minute lesson that will move children on in their writing. The letter states that the children have just finished a topic on rain-forests so I presume the head is keen that this is incorporated into the lesson or he wouldn't have mentioned it.
    I have 3 ideas for this, but wanted some opinions on them -

    1. An assistant head of a secondary school that I know has suggested this -
    Could split children into groups with specific themes – sound, weather etc get them to write two sentences, peer assess, move around and mark, redraft, present on display.
    As he is an assistant head I am inclined to listen to his advice. However, I am worried this lesson is too sedentary and would prefer incorporating some kind of drama. I can see how the lesson would definitely tick off the 'moving on' box though.

    2. Get the children to think of different vocabulary for the word 'said'. they work in pairs and one child acts it out. e.g they might say the sentence "I went shopping" but in an angry tone and the other partner would write down how they said it - "I went shopping," grumbled Mark, angrily.

    3. Show don't tell - Have sentences written down - Anne was scared. Bob was angry etc and get children to act out these feelings using body language. Get partner to write down these feelings through actions - eg Anne shivered. Her teeth were chattering.

    With the 2nd and 3rd idea I'm not sure how I would incorporate the rain-forest topic?
    Thanks in advance
  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    I think with a bit of thought you could provide some examples of sentences to improve on for idea 1. Not 'show not tell', but adding descriptive vocab. to some sentences in each group or even providing some of their own, for instance?
  3. Sapphire611

    Sapphire611 New commenter

    Thank You. My problem with this is that I don't think it's very engaging. I would prefer the children to be acting or moving about in some way. Otherwise I think the idea is very good but maybe a bit boring?
  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    I appreciate your feeling, but remember this is a snapshot lesson of just 30mins.
    The most important criteria is that the children show progress and remember if(unfamiliar) children are moving around, that has time implications. With an unknown class esp. where one doesn't know names and needs to demonstrate class control is perhaps not the best time to be getting children moving too much?
    if it were me I'd do a quick max of 5 min starter where perhaps the children respond with actions(mime) to some weather vocab/ rainforest animals to do that element. then children just need to stand beside their tables/desks?
  5. Sapphire611

    Sapphire611 New commenter

    Okay, thank you. I may go along these lines but get them writing a senses poem instead. Modelled and scaffolded for most. Get them to write 1 or 2 lines, maybe 1st verse if time and then show them how to edit and get them to peer assess and edit that way. E.g
    I can see huge, majestic trees swaying in the breeze,

    Angrily energetic monkeys swinging in the branches,

    A beautifully patterned leopard poised to pounce,

    Deep in the Amazon Rainforest.

    Can we use better adjectives/some alliteration/adverbs etc.
    I just feel that's more engaging than getting them to write facts they remember about rainforests. Thank you for your help and replies.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.

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