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New Entrants in a Year 1-4 MLE

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Started by Catherine Lynagh 22 Apr 2015 7:12pm () Replies (5)

Our full primary is opening up 8 single cell classrooms into two MLE spaces.  We will have Year 1-4 students in one space, and I am trying to envision how we will work with the new entrants.  I'd love to hear from other teachers in mixed-age MLEs.  Do your new entrants have their own area within the larger space?  Does one of the teachers in your team have primary responsibility for the new entrants?

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  • Tanya Wells (View all users posts) 22 Apr 2015 7:39pm ()

    We are a brand new purpose built MLE and last year had our New Entrants coming into a Year 0/1 learning community. By the end of the year we had 60 Y0/1 with 3 teachers and we strongly felt that our NE were missing out on the following....... nurture, building relationships, getting the important starting school routines, good teaching of literacy and numeracy etc  which so important to the start of their schooling and therefore made some significant changes etc.

    This year we have 2 parallel learning communities of Y1/2 working with 5 teachers. We have a 6th teacher who works with our new entrants in one of our breakout spaces for literacy and numeracy learning  (Mon- Thursday) in the mornings in a small group much like a single cell classroom. These new entrants and their teacher then spend the afternoons in the main spaces with the rest of the children and other teachers. New entrants spend up to a term with this teacher and then move to the main spaces. We all work with the same timetable which means that all children can be ability grouped across all learning communities if need be for literacy and numeracy. In term 1 and term 2 we have had the same teacher working with our New Entrants but this doesn't have to be this way, any of our team are capable of working with our New Entrants.

    We find this to be really successful and that our older children step up and be Tuakana. The feedback from teachers and parents is positive. By keeping the same group of students in our learning community for up to 2 years or 2+ years depending on when they start means that teachers, parents and children build stronger relationships. 

    Hope this helps you!

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