A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- 5 more working days to go!

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 7-9 year olds. I have worked for two years with 6-7 years, 1 year with 7-9 and now I’m returning to my favourite age! 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!

The tiredness is real. I’m going into the 8th week of this half term tomorrow. I’m glad to say it hasn’t dragged like I thought it would, but I am SO tired. This week coming is going to be very full with our carol concert tomorrow, Christmas lunch, Christmas party, celebration assemblies and general Christmas activity wonderful-ness. Is that a word? It is now.

By the end of this week, I will have had lunch with every child in the class. ❤  It is so important for me to do this because I truly believe it’s having a massive impact on my relationships with the children. Speaking of relationships with my class, I’m going to a professional pantomime today to see two of my class who are part of the dance team. I’m so excited to see them do their thing. I know they’re super excited that I’m going to see them. I think it’s going to make my teacher heart very happy.

I’m looking forward to a fun week ahead, even though I think it’s going to feel a bit like crowd control and not teaching! 🙂

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A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Elf Mischief

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 7-9 year olds. I have worked for two years with 6-7 years, 1 year with 7-9 and now I’m returning to my favourite age! 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, this half term is really flying by. I thought it was going to drag because it’s 8 weeks, but tomorrow we start Week 7. I can’t believe I’m close to finishing my first full term with my class. Christmas is known for being an incredibly busy time of year at school and we’re just going to be stepping into that Christmas fun! We’re watching the lower school’s nativity tomorrow and practising for our carol concert. It’s all go.

This week I brought three naughty elves into the classroom. My class have been absolutely loving the naughty things that they do. I have so many children peering into the windows of my classroom trying to find out what they’ve done overnight. They totally believe in it. I love how magical they think they are. ❤ It’s the sweetest. I haven’t gone overboard with decorations as I have a Jehovah’s Witness in my class. However, at the same time I want to do something Christmas-y because 30 other children in my class do celebrate Christmas. It’s a tricky balance.

Next week brings the start of many Christmas preparations. I’m particularly looking forward to watching the nativity tomorrow from the lower school. It’s far better watching it than being involved in it. Ha! I know the stresses from doing it for 2 years in the past. I’m looking forward to winding down and making the most of my class before a two week break!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- A particularly powerful 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 7-9 year olds. I have worked for two years with 6-7 years, 1 year with 7-9 and now I’m returning to my favourite age! 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 has been a very strange one (due to so much going on!) yet a very successful one. It’s been super busy as I had a course to attend and a school trip!

I’ve been teaching a unit of mental health to the 90 children within the year group that I teach. This unit of work is a pilot project to increase children’s knowledge of mental health. Initially, I was a bit dubious about this as 7-9 year old children seem very young. However, I’m pleasantly surprised with how it’s gone down. The children that I teach are becoming much more aware of how to handle their emotions. They’re open to learning new strategies.

What I’ve found particularly powerful this week, are the children’s drawings. I have been blown away with how they represent their emotions. I used the imagery of Harry Potter and the Dementors and what the Dementors stand for. We had such a deep conversation about conjuring up a positive shield to protect them from sad feelings. I really was in awe of their drawings. I wish I could show you some without identifying the children!

I’m really looking forward to continuing the rest of the unit. I have completely changed my mindset about teaching young children about mental health. I realise that they are able to access the content (I just have to be mindful of what I say!)

I’m looking forward to the week ahead. I’ve got my Elves on The Shelve ready to create chaos in my classroom. I’m not going all out for Christmas this year as I have a Jehovah’s Witness in my class, but I want some festivity for the other children that do celebrate Christmas. We have a pantomime to watch which they’re going to love. I’m also starting fractions in Maths which I’m hoping to make super fun!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Halfway through Autumn 2!

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 7-9 year olds. I have worked for two years with 6-7 years, 1 year with 7-9 and now I’m returning to my favourite age! 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!

The end of this week brings me to halfway through this 8 week half term. 4 weeks to go until a break! Strangely enough, it has gone really quickly, despite this being the longest half term in the school year. I think because we’re so busy it is flying by! I have such a busy week coming up, so I declared this weekend a no work weekend. I believe in being good to myself. 😉

This week has been a good one. I introduced quiet critters to my class that they absolutely adore. It’s just a little pom pom with googly eyes on a foam heart for feet. I got mine from Etsy. I didn’t have the time to make this for myself, so I was pleased to find some on Etsy.

Click on the image to get to Etsy store if you’re interested. 

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These little creatures have gone down an absolute treat. The children have them on the carpet to keep them quiet (the quiet critters don’t like noise…) and next to them when they work. It’s adorable. It’s working because if they get too loud, they get taken away. They don’t want to lose them so the noise level is much more manageable! It amazes me how much this has worked so far.

I’m really enjoying my current class because of the amount of work I’m putting in to forge good relationships with them. I’m ensuring that I have 1:1 conversations with the children that are not necessarily about school work. I’m doing this by picking a child a day to have lunch with. It’s working really well. The second I’ve called the register I get… ‘Who are you having lunch with today?’ It’s the sweetest thing.

Next week brings a course, a school trip, a long staff meeting ( 😦 ) and hopefully finishing our latest English unit… I’m hoping the next one inspires them more!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- A very mixed bag!

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 7-9 year olds. I have worked for two years with 6-7 years, 1 year with 7-9 and now I’m returning to my favourite age! 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 has been a really weird one because there’s been so much packed into it and it’s been a real mixture of ups and downs. I also had a little accident at work this week which meant my knee has now been strapped up for a week. I don’t want to say too much about it as it was just an accident, but it certainly wasn’t how I anticipated the week would go.

Let’s start with the positives first! Division! At the start of the week my class really weren’t getting division, by the end of the week, the majority have NAILED it. We’re going to do some more work on it this week, but so far so good! 🙂 I’m very pleased with how things are going. I’m also really trying hard to shove in the other operations in the warm up of a Maths lesson because they seem to forget how to do things when we move onto a different unit. Hopefully by revisiting the other operations they’ll retain the methods. Hmm… we’ll see.

Also, we decided as a class that we’re going to give up on our class read. A child made a really good point that they haven’t asked to have the book read to them in weeks. I wasn’t feeling it and neither were they. I asked for their opinions on the book. She said ‘Surely the fact that we haven’t asked you to read it, is a big sign that we’re really not into it?’ Wise child. We’re starting a new book tomorrow and I think it’s going to be much better for them. I have put the old one in the book corner for children that do want to read it. 🙂

As for the downs… other than the fact that I was injured in the classroom (#teachinghazards), my class haven’t been great at their writing this week. 😦 It makes me sad as English is one of my passions, but I just can’t get them motivated to want to write or add depth to their writing. All they want to know is…’How many sentences do we have to write?’ No. I just want them to write and not give it a quantity. I don’t really know what to do with them to make them more excited about writing. I do think it could be something to do with our current English topic, but that’s not my choice. Sadly, the curriculum is given to me and our current topic isn’t the most inspiring. My brain is already whirring trying to find some activity to really stimulate them. I’m going to spend some time later this afternoon/evening to try and get something exciting done for them. I want them to love English but right now they’re all about Maths…

We’ll see what this week brings! Hopefully no injuries in the classroom!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Remembrance activities

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 7-9 year olds. I have worked for two years with 6-7 years, 1 year with 7-9 and now I’m returning to my favourite age! 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 was a fun one! We had 2 days at the end of the week to celebrate Remembrance Day which is extra special this year because it’s the centenary of World War I.

On Thursday, we came completely away from the curriculum and each teacher carried out an activity to do with World War I. It could be geography- looking at the countries that were involve or Art that had a poppy focus. It was lovely. I decided to do some drama, so fully immersed myself and the children into a World War I classroom. I dressed up in an old-fashioned outfit (complete with a cane!) and covered my interactive whiteboard with black sugar paper. I used chalk to write on it, which was very challenging. I took my groups through a typical day in a WWI classroom. We even went outside for drill. In the afternoon, we completed some poppy sketches, finger painted a thank you to the soldiers that fought for us and read a story.

The books I used over the days were these:

Where The Poppies Now Grow

Peace Lily

These books were fabulous. They really helped the message of our two days. We wanted them to think about what life was like back then and the importance of remembering those that not only died at war, but those that fought and survived too.

I’m looking forward to seeing all of the art work across the school. It’s going into a room for parents to view over the next few days.

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Hard Work Paying Off?

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 7-9 year olds. I have worked for two years with 6-7 years, 1 year with 7-9 and now I’m returning to my favourite age! 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 off. I was actually very excited to see my class again. I feel like I’ve got a really strong bond with this class already which makes my teacher heart very happy. They were a little crazy on the first day back but by Wednesday, my well behaved class were back. They’ve tried really hard and hopefully will continue this good attitude for the 8 week term. Argh. 8 weeks is going to be TOUGH.

I had some FABULOUS news this week. I wasn’t sure that I wanted to share it as I don’t want to come across like I think I’m something special because I’m very aware that I’m not. I had a pay rise that was significantly more than I had expected. I jumped quite a bit on the pay scale. The salary for teaching is performance related. At my school, you have 3 targets over the year and unless you meet your targets, you don’t move up the pay scale. I met mine for last academic year and apparently smashed them! I do work hard and it feels like my hard work is paying off. I still feel unworthy but that’s just me. I’m not one for accepting a compliment but I really should!

I have another whole school event coming up next week and 2 meetings for parents as I’m piloting a new scheme of work in collaboration with the NHS (as part of my new targets for this academic year!) It’s going to be a busy one but I’m looking forward to it!