Bit of background I’ve worked in mainstream early years settings for years, I’ve just had a phone call for an interview in an SEN school I’m hoping it’s in the early years part of the school, anyway The interview questions have sort of thrown me off a bit the second one I’ve never really done in early years.. then the first I know what I’d do in mainstream, would this be any different? Any help much appreciated
1. You are suppororting a small group of young people at playtime (you can specify which age)They are able to play with an adult and are beginning to be interested in their peers.What actvites would you plan for to encourage them to play or interact with each other.2. Pupils working on number bonds to 1-10. How would you support them in their learning (you can specify what age) what resources would you use!! Feel like I’m out of my depth
1. would very much be the same as you would do in an early years setting. From games with songs that people join in, and choose a friend (eg Farmer's in his den) through to early turn taking - using a ball, a bean bag, a balloon to throw to one another, or take turns to throw or kick at a target 2. Number bonds is about getting them to understand that there is the same number (I'd start with 10) but that they can be shared different ways. So I'd use different coloured unifix and make a stairway.... 1 blue with 9 red, 2 blue with 8 red, etc....... then I'd colour it on a grid/ framework / squared paper, depending on how much framing they need. I also used to put 10 objects into a largish, transparent sandwich bag..... unifix cubes or conkers or buttons or stubby pencils - or, if you need bigger resources, cotton reels in a ply-pocket, etc - then seal the edge, and let them physically divide the objects. They need to get the 'conservation of number' that is the fact that (in the sealed bag) the total number remains constant, but can be 'shared' in different ways. You can have '3' on one side and '7' on the other, but the total is still 10 even when you move them and have '4' on one side and '4' on the other.
Hope that helps. Though I am curious as to how you know the questions in advance ??