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Answers to FAQ’s about R time

  • An R time lesson should be taught just once a week, ideally early in the week.
  • Each session should take no more than 10 to 15 minutes. Care should be taken not to let it
    run over time.
  • R time is taught in the classroom and doesn’t need special spaces.
  • R time can take place on a carpet, sitting at desks and, on occasions, outside or in the hall.
  • R time is non-academic and is suitable for all abilities.
  • Every lesson is written out in six easy to follow steps.
  • To get started the only basic resource needed is an R time book.
  • The recommended approach is for the R time programme to be carried out as a whole school.
    Where schools started it in just one class, almost always, it then spread to other classes.
  • The programme is designed for Early Years’ Foundation Stage settings and Primary schools –
    Nursery through to Year 6. There is also a Secondary companion programme, that uses the
    same approach, called Negotiate.
  • Special training to maximise the benefits of R time is useful, but not essential. This book will go
    a long way in helping to implement the programme successfully.
  • R time fits very well with SEAL. It contributes to children’s well-being and reduces bullying by
    developing mutual respect and building positive relationships between the children.
  • In some schools Teaching Assistants teach the programme. But the class teacher should also
    take an active part.
  • Children’s reaction to the programme is, almost without exception, very positive. They love doing
    R time!
  • You will see positive results almost immediately after commencing R time.
  • It has such a positive impact on a school because the programme is very much process driven
    and that process will impact daily on the school curriculum.
  • R time does not compete with Circle Time. There is room for both programmes in the school year.
  • Parents can get involved, both in and out of school.
  • The activities are usually carried out with the whole class........with the exception of Early Years
    Foundation Stage where small group work may be more practical.
  • You can be fully supported with the implementation of R time in your school. Please see Support for Schools and Contact Us



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