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How are tables set up in primary classrooms?

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disney84 Sat 10-Sep-11 20:14:43

dd had just started year 2. In her classroom they have tables set up in a kind of a curve with a few seats at the back which appear to face the wall. This seems odd to me.
Or could this would better than traditional round tables.

UniS Sat 10-Sep-11 20:37:47

Dsa school each teacher choses a layout they wish to use. yr 2 IIRC have 4 small horseshoe shapes made of half hex tables, yr 3 is similar but from rectangular tables. Yr 4 is one big horse shoe. R and 1 have hexagons/ circles.

candr Sat 10-Sep-11 20:41:03

The tables at the back will be for 1-1 work with TA, reading etc or messy activities. The horseshoe shape is so they can all see and teachers can work with each child just by moving chair around horse shoe. In my KS2 class I have rectangular group tables sometimes in ability sometimes not. I don't have any children facing the wall and they can all see the board. Most schools don't use round tables as they take up room and are not easily re arranged.

ProfessionallyOffendedGoblin Sat 10-Sep-11 20:41:17

It depends entirely on the individual teacher usually.

SandStorm Sat 10-Sep-11 20:45:38

There's no set layout. Every teacher will decide what does or doesn't work and it will more than likely change each year, even during the year.

adelaofblois Sat 10-Sep-11 20:46:29

The curve will be for carpet space-often used for plenary sessions.

pozzled Sat 10-Sep-11 20:52:18

The curve will help class discussion, as it means all children can see each other. Also they all have a clear view of the teacher, and he/she of them. Tables at the back are probably for a TA to work with a few children.

Sounds like a great setup to me. They probably also move the tables around as necessary, so if they want to do small group work they could put them in groups.

Euphemia Sat 10-Sep-11 21:24:32

In my school pupils are grouped in fours, to aid co-operative learning.

Euphemia Sat 10-Sep-11 21:25:17

I'd love a horse-shoe, but I don't have space.

IndigoBell Sun 11-Sep-11 07:15:06

Or the tables facing the wall are for children who need no distractions in order to be able to work. Not necessarily for 1:1 work.

It's a very useful and usual strategy, particularly for some SN kids.

Euphemia Sun 11-Sep-11 07:31:42

Or tables in an entirely different school classroom for the pupils who never stop talking. grin

seeker Sun 11-Sep-11 07:39:17

In my ds's year there is one boy with as who always has a table facing the wall- he can't handle the stimulation of facingboutwqrds. He can turn his chair round to join in class activities when necessary.

mrz Sun 11-Sep-11 09:22:10

My class are in tables of 4 at the moment this will change throughout the year to suit the needs of the class and the purpose of the lesson

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