Forms of class organisation of pupils

Whole class work

A form of organisation in which a whole class is taught together or works on similar tasks or activities together.

Group work

A form of class organisation in which individual pupils work in a group on tasks or activities which are similar.

Cooperative group work

A form of class organisation in which individual pupils work in a group and contribute to a shared task or activity which has been set for the group as a whole.

Individualised work

A form of class organisation in which each individual pupil is set particular tasks or activities.

Pair work

The class is organised so that pairs of children may work on a task together. This form of organisation lends itself well to computer based tasks.

Circle time

Inspired by the work of Jenny Moseley and others this has become an increasingly popular form of whole class co-operation where the class are seated in a circle and take turns to share ideas, feelings and personal stories. It is aimed at promoting children's communication skills as it encourages turn-taking, speaking and listening. It is also perceived to boost children's self confidence.