A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- A long but happy week!

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 Year 2 (6-7 year olds). 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!

This week I returned to school after a week’s break. Well, I say a week’s break but I spent the week writing reports for my class that are out later in March. Why did I spend my week off doing it? It’s totally because I get really tired/stressed during term time so adding reports to the mix does nothing for my work-life balance. I like to have my evenings and one day of the weekend completely free. I’ve got really good at ensuring I have that time for me.

I feel like this week has gone on forever. I seriously can’t believe I’ve only been back for a week. It definitely feels like at least three weeks! It’s been a busy one with meetings a plenty and the clubs that I run. I had such a high turn out for interest in my school paper. I was very overwhelmed, but it should be a lot of fun. Hopefully that’ll properly launch this week. Exciting times!

It completely slipped my mind that I had an observation this week. I remember now that I agreed on the last week of half term to be observed on the first week back. As I was so busy, I completely forgot about my observation until the head of Maths checked it was still okay the day before. My observation went really well (I think!) and I’m wondering if it’s because I didn’t have the chance to stress about it before the big day. Hopefully I’ll get some feedback at some point this coming week!

I’m feeling positive about this half term! Long may it continue.


8 thoughts on “A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- A long but happy week!

  1. Ohhh, I had no idea you were a teacher!!! I teach CM1/CM2 in France (9/10/11 years old) and I completely understand this feeling of burning out after a week – I don’t know why but the first couple of weeks after a break are always the hardest! I’m on a break right now and will probably spend the week working as well, for the same reason. School stops at 4.30pm every day here so I’d better write reports on breaks otherwise I never sleep (let alone read)
    🙈 Happy Sunday!

    • Yay! Another fellow teacher. Thanks for your comment. The first few weeks are so shocking to the system I think. It’s so important to make sure we work out a balance that works for us so we don’t burn ourselves out for longer/forever!

    • Thank you. I did have some me time during the week, including catching up with friends and managing to get to the cinema twice! I’m getting so much better at making sure I have a balance.

  2. Sometimes this is for the best: “I didn’t have the chance to stress about it before the big day”! I hope the feedback you received was useful!

  3. Wow! Free evenings at such an early stage in your career? I find that in the fifteen years that I have taught, the workload has tripled and I never have a free evening. I must know your secrets. Perhaps the free time allocated as NQT time is helping. Reports are a real drag.

    • 🙂 Thank you. NQT time definitely helped me. I go in to school ridiculously early to ensure I have my evenings free. It doesn’t happen all the time, but it does when workload is more manageable!

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