Hello all! I am about to start teaching yr 1 this september (which is surprisingly soon!) and haven't a clue what to teach in the first week. the previous reception teacher commented on how the children had perhaps had "too much play" and they are quite low ability, however having looked at previous first week plans for yr 1 and the general feel I'm getting from the school is that it is straight into lessons (e.g. whole class, sit on carpet, activity, plenary). Admittedly I can make the activities "fun" however I am concerned the transition will be like throwing them into the deep end with no arm bands. I really like the school, but I would prefer to allow them some time during the day to have more play-based activities, and golden time! which is unheard of in my school, so my lovely role play area may gather cobwebs as there will be no time to allow children to play in it... the timings are very strict, it is a catholic school so it is required we teach 2 hours RE per week, 2 hours PE, 5 hours lit and num each, 1 hour ICT....this can all be cross-curricular tho, but my main problem is (thru all this waffle) when can I allow the children some play, as I feel this should be part of the transition to help ease them in, and also encourage speaking and listening, independent learning etc... Any ideas MUCH appreciated!