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TurquoiseTranquility Sun 01-Oct-17 19:24:06

Hi there,
I've got an interview on Thursday, it's for a TA post in Year 3. I've got a bit of experience as a TA, but not in KS2 so looking for some guidance really.
I was told I'd be given a written task to talk about a maths activity (this would obviously let them assess my written English as well) and a reading activity with a small group followed by the interview itself.
I'm a bit confused about the reading activity as I'm not too sure what a reading session in Year 3 looks like. I was told I am to read a book (which they will provide) and talk about it. Is this guided reading? But then if it was, wouldn't they have said so?

I asked DS (who's in Year 3) if they are read to at school and he said no! They do have a book they were asked to read in the summer holidays, but I think they mostly use it as a tool to teach writing. So the teacher would read a chapter, then ask the kids to write a letter from one character to another, convert it into a play script, write a diary, etc.

If it was Reception/Y1, I'd totally know what to do. With Y3... I mean I could test their comprehension, ask them to imagine what would happen next/what would have happened if.., how the story relates to their own experiences, etc. I'm just afraid this is a bit primitive for a classroom activity! Any insight?

TIA flowers

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HoneyWheeler Sun 01-Oct-17 19:29:47

We do an afternoon adult reading session in KS2 but it's for pleasure, not to check comprehension. Sounds like they're asking for a guided reading session.

Google the KS2 reading VIPERS from the literacy shed blog - it has question stems to work from, for example, you could focus on inference questions and it would give you a couple of examples of inference type questions to ask. Same with vocab and summary, etc. They're free, too!

primarnoodle Sun 01-Oct-17 19:30:24

How long is the small group activity?

HoneyWheeler Sun 01-Oct-17 19:31:28

Are you able to ask them what the text will be in advance? Also, whether any of the chn are SEN or well below the expected level - will allow you to plan how you pitch it!

TurquoiseTranquility Sun 01-Oct-17 22:59:37

Honey - thanks so much, will check VIPERS out. I already had to ask what the written task and the activity would be, as the original email didn't say. I don't feel so brave as to go back and ask for more detail TBH blush
prima - I don't know how long it's meant to last, I did ask.
Basically I'll try and prepare for a guided reading session, I guess that should be the most difficult option! smile

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GreenTulips Mon 02-Oct-17 16:48:38

Well TAs should have to plan but follow the plan - it will be guided reading

Ask about the cover, the blurb - contents or index etc if they've read some ask to 'catch up' on the story

They are looking to see if the kids are engaged and interested

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