A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- It’s not just week days!

Every Sunday (hopefully) I shall be posting a personal post about my life as a primary school teacher. I currently work at a primary school teaching Lower Key Stage 2. My training posts on this subject were really successful and so therapeutic for me, therefore I’ve decided to continue posting on the topic. I will not be naming any children, or the school where I work. If personal posts aren’t your thing then feel free to skip these posts. I won’t mind! Bookish goodness returns as normal Monday-Saturday!

Wow! What a week. It’s been full of assessments, Sports Day and report writing. Remember I said that the fun times don’t happen so much in the summer term? Well… this week confirmed that. I’ve literally not stopped all week. There were tests galore in order to write the reports to go home next week. Phew. Luckily, behaviour is much better in my class these days so that’s something that I don’t have to contend with anymore.

This weekend has been packed with school related jobs. I had the Summer Fayre yesterday. I had to run a stall. I did have some parents come up to me and say they were sad that their child wasn’t going to be with me in September (they’re in another year group currently!) That was a real confidence boost for me. It’s lovely to hear.

Today, I’m mainly thinking about pupil progress meetings next week. I have a meeting with senior management and the rest of the teachers in my team. We go through each child in the year group and see if they have met the expected standard for their age group. There’s then discussion about why they have or haven’t met the standard that was expected of them. I find these meetings super stressful. Unfortunately, sometimes children come to your class rated higher than they actually are and it makes it look like they’ve made no or very little progress with me. I am spending today, trying to justify why they’ve not met the standards that they were ‘predicted’ to make. Ooh no, I’m not bitter at all..

Why I love reading David Walliams to my class (5 Reasons Why #1)

I like to spice up my blog content to keep things fresh so recently thought about doing a 5 reasons why post every now and then with a topic of my choice.

First up are reasons why I love reading David Walliams to my class. My current class (20 week days left with them… 😦 ) are between 7-9 years old.

This school year we have read:

  1. They make them laugh out loud. David Walliams is funny.
  2. His stories (particularly The World’s Worst Children) have inspired some fantastic writing (and drawing!)
  3. The children genuinely enjoy his writing.
  4. It’s a logical step up from Roald Dahl. Walliams writes in a similar style.
  5. Lots of his stories have heart. Quite often they carry with them a lovely message. When we read Gangsta Granny recently it particularly touched one child who had gone through a similar thing (no spoilers) with her grandparent. The story brought tears to her eyes!

Fairy Tale Friday- The Farm Yard Cock and The Weather Cock

This was a random and very short story which centres around a farmyard cockerel and a weather cockerel on the same farm. They’re arguing about who is the best. The farmyard cockerel brags and says that he is the better one. The weather cockerel breaks and falls down, which means the real life cockerel was really the better one…

Next Fairy Tale- Five Out Of One Pod

 

Love & Gelato

Love & Gelato

How did I get it?:
I received a copy from Walker Books. Many thanks to them!

Synopsis:

The dying wish of 16-year-old Lina’s mother was for her daughter to live in Tuscany and get to know her father, whom Lina has never met.

“Howard is the best man I’ve ever known,” her mother says, “he’ll keep you safe.” Why did her mother wait so long to tell her about him? Lina has a happy life in Seattle and doesn’t want to leave. Shortly after she arrives at Howard’s home, Lina meets Sonya, who gives Lina a diary that belonged to Lina’s mother, the one she had kept while she was a photography student in Florence. While Lina is living her life and exploring Tuscany with her handsome neighbour, Ren, she follows in the footsteps of her mother and gets to know her as never before. She also finds out the truth about her father. Mostly she finds out about herself.

Thoughts:

I have had Love & Gelato on my radar for the longest time, so I was incredibly happy to be able to read a copy, thanks to Walker Books! It’s a wonderful summer read. I think if you’re a fan of the contemporary YA genre, then this book is certainly for you this summer.

It’s set in Italy and follows Lina. Lina moves to Italy after her mum dies on her mum’s request to be with Howard- a man from the past. When Lina arrives in Italy, she is given her mother’s old journal. Lina starts to read the journal and learns much more about her mum and herself than she had ever anticipated!

I loved following Lina, who I found incredibly easy to connect to. I felt for her, having to deal with the loss of her mother and then have to move to Italy to live with a man that she had only just heard of. Lina really gets herself into awkward situations, but this made her all the more realistic in my eyes.

I was impressed that the author took their time with Lina’s grieving process. She did struggle at first, she did question. She didn’t just move to Italy and everything was magically better. That’s more real to read about!

Love & Gelato has made me want to visit Italy. The author really painted a picture with her words. It left me craving gelato too… I’m definitely more inclined to go to Italy after reading this cute story!

I can’t believe that this book was the author’s debut as it feels incredibly established. I would definitely pick up her next book!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A very cute YA contemporary read. Perfect for the beach!

This Week In Books #68

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Blood Sisters

NOW Blood SistersJane Corry– I’m just about to start Blood Sisters, which looks like my sort of book!

The Girl in the Red Coat

THEN The Girl In The Coat- Kate Hamer– I enjoyed this book. It was easy to read and almost fairy-tale esque in its nature.

Saga, Vol. 2 (Saga, #2)

NEXTSaga Volume 2Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples– This is the banned book for the feature that I do with my sister, Beth!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to let me know or leave a link to a post that you do! Happy Reading!

Top Ten Series That I Want To Start

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are series that we’d like to start. Ooh, I have many of these, but here are a selection…

Book images go to Goodreads!

Obsidian- Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian (Lux, #1)

I am so intrigued by this series as SO many bloggers seem to rave about it. I want to give it a go and see what I think.

Grave Mercy- Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)

This has been on my TBR for such a long time. I hope to get to it within the next year!

The Name Of The Star- Maureen

The Name of the Star (Shades of London, #1)

This series sounds great. I’m intrigued…

The Girl Of Fire and Thorns- Rae Carson

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)

I have been recommended this book SO many times, I really don’t know why I haven’t picked it up yet. I fail.

Finnikin of The Rock- Melina Marchetta

Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1)

I hear so many wonderful things about this book, goodness knows why I haven’t started it!

Rebel Of The Sands- Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)

I have heard so many wonderful things about this book. I can’t wait to finally get around to it!

The Madman’s Daughter- Megan Shepherd

The Madman’s Daughter (The Madman’s Daughter, #1)

Another one I want to read ASAP! There’s just too may series to even begin let alone finish the current ones I’m reading.

What’s Left Of Me-

What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles, #1)

I’ve had this book forever, but never seem to get around to reading it! Story of my life!

The Jewel- Amy Ewing

The Jewel (The Lone City, #1)

I have had this book on my radar for a while now too!

13 Little Blue Envelopes- Maureen Johnson

13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1)

This looks like a cute contemporary series! Very easy to read.

What series do you hope to start soon? Have you read any of these? Which would you recommend? Let me know!

Truth Or Dare

Truth or Dare

How did I get it?:
Received from Walker Books! Many thanks to them.

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Trouble
Remix
Unboxed

Synopsis:

How far is too far when it comes to the people you love? Claire Casey hates being the centre of attention. But if it means getting Sef Malik to notice her, it’s a risk she’s happy to take. Sef is prepared to do anything to help his recently disabled brother. But this means putting Claire’s love – and life – on the line. Because when you’re willing to risk everything, what is there left to lose?

Thoughts:

I do so love Non Pratt’s writing, so when I had the opportunity to read Truth Or Dare I jumped at the chance. Non Pratt is absolutely fantastic at representing teens. She just gets it and her books are raw, truthful and utterly relatable. Even if you’re not a teenager, her writing brings you right back to those teenage years. She is also fantastic at representing a diverse range of people.

Truth or Dare centres around Sef and Claire. Sef and Claire decide to open up a YouTube channel to raise money for Sef’s brother who has had a traumatic brain injury. The idea for videos is to complete ‘Truth or Dares’ where the viewers donate money to see certain dares. The money will go towards therapy for Sef’s brother. As a reader, we hear from Claire and Sef’s point of view. We follow Claire first and then flip the book over for Sef’s point of view.

This book is and isn’t easy to read. Its subject matter makes it challenging to read, but it’s completely engrossing at the same time. Kam’s disability is obviously at the core of the story, Sef is really struggling to deal with the extent of his big brother’s injury. Other diverse elements include Claire’s best friend Seren being asexual. I had never read this in a book before, so I was really happy to see it included in a young adult book. As well as disability and sexuality being represented, Sef isn’t a white British character. Despite this book covering so many diverse subjects, it never feels like its diversity is being shoved down your throat. It’s subtle, it’s realistic and it’s wonderful.

I think this book would appeal to young adults and adults alike. There’s something in there for everyone.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A fabulous, realistic read!