I prepared this document whilst job hunting for my NQT position in a primary school. The document covers 21 different interview questions and their respective answers.
This might be especially useful of NQTs, as you might be looking for an idea of the type of questions to expect and the types of answers they are looking for. This document should not be used as a script as you will need to also use your own examples from your experience in schools. The document is aimed at giving you a starting point for your own ideas and schools change their questions all the time, so it can’t be guaranteed that all questions are on this list, but the main themes may remain the same.
The document is aimed at primary school teaching interviews in the UK, so if you’re in secondary or looking at international schools, I’m not sure how useful it’ll be. This resource is also from before Covid, so please bare in mind there may be questions about how the pandemic has affected education.
Free sample available here:
This two-way differentiated activity is aimed at Year 4 or 5. Children will add speech marks and punctuation to the sentences when the reporting phrase is at the beginning, in the middle of and at the end of the sentence.
The activity is themed around the story of Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo and I have used this several times as part of a spag lesson. As an extension task, the children are invited to use their own knowledge of Beowulf to write their own speech.
This could be used as part of a newspaper article or creative writing unit.
Blank storyboard for you to use with anything you wish! Save the time making one and use this one!
Both word documents and pdfs available. The pdf will easily print onto A3 to give children more writing space.
I used this to make a TV advert - something the children really enjoyed.
Initially designed for home learning, this SPAG guide covers the Year 6/KS2 SPAG objectives. This was designed for use during lockdown for children to refer to whilst writing at home but has since been adapted for use in the classroom as a learning journal type of resource (hence the 2 versions of this below, both included). The guide is similar to the free Year 4 version but also includes the objectives for Year 5 and 6.
There are 2 variations:
Homelearning/revision/parent guide based
A useful tool for children to use whilst writing at home, including links to bitesize and songs where appropriate.
Classbased - essentially the same as the home version except I have removed the links to online resources. I used these in learning journals or stuck in the back of literacy books for children to refer to, so I felt it looked neater if the links were removed.
Year 4/5 mixed class version:
Year 4 version:
A couple of diary entries that could be used to identify features of diary entries or as a what a good one looks like. They are written from Michael’s point of view from the book Kensuke’s Kingdom. You could also use the diaries as part of an ‘around the world’ topic.
There are 2 diary entries: the first was written as a whole class writing activity; the second was written as a good example that the children could then use to highlight good aspects and things to improve on.
I’ve used these with a Year 4 and 5 class. I have also uploaded a editable version so that you can adapt/change if you wish to do so.
If you found this resource useful or if you have any questions please email me at:
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This activity is aimed at a Year 5 class, who are studying adding and subtracting fractions. It is differentiated for the HA, MA and LA children. All worksheets are aimed at the mastery approach, with fluency and reasoning questions. I have used these with a Year 5 class.
Answers are included. An example learning objective for the lesson would be: I can add and subtract fractions.
This is the free sample of the resource available here:
This sample document covers 4 questions that may be asked during a UK primary teaching interview. If you’d like the full version, please click the link above.
I prepared this document when I was job hunting for primary NQT positions. I found it to be very useful as I began to build up a bank of questions and answers. I learned that all the questions can interlink with each other, and that all questions require an example from your experience, as well as always linking back to pupil progress.
I hope you find the sample useful. Please note I created this resource before the Covid-19 pandemic, so its possible schools are now asking about remote education and how covid has affected schools and children’s education.
This certificate awards a child with that all important pen licence!
There are 2 versions of the certificate, one that you can edit on the computer and type in the child’s name, and another with a blank line so you can print it one and complete by hand. I have included a pdf version of the printable one (to allow for easy printing) and the original publisher files to allow for easy editing.
You could also edit the certificates in publisher to change the colours or include your school logo.
This resource is aimed at KS2 studying the formal method of multiplication.
Children will be multiplying 2 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers. There are no fluency activities in this worksheet as this activity is solely based on reasoning and problem solving questions.
The activity is differentiated 3 ways and consists of reasoning and problem solving questions, for example missing numbers, odd one out and then worded problem (including multi-step problems).
These are a collection of my Fractions resources. I have used all of these resources with a Year 5 class. The resources could also be used in KS2 as revision activities, for example in Y6. They follow the mastery approach and follow fluency, reasoning and problem solving.
Adding & Subtracting
Improper Fractions & Mixed Numbers
Multiplying fractions by a whole number
Some of the sheets include answers and differentiation for HA, MA and LA pupils. This bundle is a great bargain over purchasing the resources individually.
Children would act as detectives to find and highlight the examples of parenthesis in the short story. I typically used this with Year 5, but could also be used within Year 6 as a SATs revision activity.
I use this as part of a spag lesson. Children would act as detectives to find and highlight the examples of parenthesis at the start of the lesson. Then I would explain what parenthesis is and ask for examples from the story. The children would then have another look and highlight any new examples in a different colour. The text could also be used as a morning task, starter or revision activity. I also use BBC Supermovers in conjunction with this activity.
I have uploaded a word document and pdf so you can easily edit and adapt if the text if you wish to. Powerpoint also included.
This is a full lesson on investigating area for use within KS2. Perimeter is also recapped at the start of the lesson.
To investigate the area, children are given various shapes (pieces of paper) of varying sizes and they are challenged to work out the area with the only knowledge that area is the inside of the shape. An example on the sheet shows that the 10 (length) multiplied by 5 (width) will give an area of 50cm2, but it is up to the children to work out the correct formula.
Each of the shapes have been measured and drawn onto an A4 piece of paper (also included). The shapes are differentiated and fall in line with the times tables. Some children are told which shapes to measure where as some children are given free choice.
I taught this with a mixed y4/5 class and therefore the worksheets cover both y4 and y5. You could use this activity across KS2.
An A4 blank weekly timetable planner - ideal for your short term weekly overview planning. Ideal for just the subject and learning objective and then placed on the wall for other staff and children to see the plan for the week at a glance.
It is in word .docx format for easy editing and printing. You will probably need to edit the template to add your own session times and break/lunch/assembly arrangements.
A lesson on identifying features of a setting description. This lesson is Lesson 1 in my 2-week unit where children are writing their own setting description. This was taught as a standalone unit. Aimed at a Year 4/5 class.
In this lesson, children are reading a setting description of the Taj Mahal and then using coloured pencils/highlighters to annotate the passage and find the grammatical features within the text). The text contains alliteration, expanded noun phrases, similies, adverbs, prepositions and relative clauses.
Learning Objective: To be able to understand the features of a good setting description. There is no lesson plan included, only the activities and presentation. This is so that you can adapt the lesson and plan using your own schools format.
The example setting description for the Taj Mahal (and used in this lesson bundle) is available for free download here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/resource-12460446
In this unit, children are writing a setting description about the Taj Mahal and Norwegian Fjord. I used this as part of an Around the World topic.
This bundle includes all the resources from the 2 week unit.
This activity is aimed at a Year 5 class covering the conversion of improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa. The worksheets are differentiated for HA, MA and LA pupils. Children will be completing missing numbers questions and using the symbols <, > or = to compare improper fractions and/or mixed numbers to each other.
A possible learning objective could be:
I can convert between improper fractions and mixed numbers.
A simple starter where children are finding and identifying the types of adverbs. The paragraph is based around the story of Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo. I have used this as a starter activity, revision and as part of a main lesson in Year 4, 5 and 6.
These are a collection of Grid Multiplication Questions and Worksheets. I have used these resources with a Year 3 class.
3x and 4x Mastery Questions
3x , 4x and 8x Mastery Questions
3x and 4x worksheets (ideal for homework/fluency practice)
3x, 4x and 8x worksheets and worded problems.
The ‘Mastery’ worksheets follow the fluency, reasoning and problem solving approach. This bundle is a great bargain - saving you over half of the cost of buying them individually.
This resource is aimed at a Year 3 class studying Grid Multiplication. Children are completing fluency and reasoning questions before moving onto worded problems. The worksheets are differentiated 3 ways for HA, MA and LA children.
This resource is intended to follow on from one of my other resources covering 3x and 4x. (link: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/grid-multiplication-mastery-questions-3x-and-4x-12046956)
The Learning Objectives covered by this resource are:
I can use the grid method to multiply by 3 and 4.
I can use the grid method to multiply by 3, 4 and 8.
This resource is aimed at Year 3 children, who are learning how to multiply using the Grid Multiplication method. This worksheet covers 3x, 4x and 8x. Another sheet covers worded problems for the HA children.
Learning Objective: I can use the grid method to multiply two-digit numbers by 3, 4 and 8.