A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Pressure!

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!

So last week I was all about the outdoors-y fun learning. This week teaching hasn’t been as exciting for me. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned before, but we do have Ofsted looming, which means they could come any day now to inspect our school. Therefore, we all seem to be running around like headless chickens trying to make sure every thing comes together. It’s times like these when I have work piled up on me that I try to realise what’s important in my job… the children!

My mum commented last week how little parents and others get to see into the life of a teacher. They don’t realise the hours we put in before 9am and after 3pm and more often than not weekends too. I have so many meetings before school, after school even during school! I also have countless things to get ready for as well as balance teaching every subject to my class.

I’m not complaining. I love my job and I think it’s one of the most worthwhile things a person can do. However, sometimes I just like to be reminded of why I love my job. When I’m running around completing paperwork it doesn’t remind me of my passion for the job and for helping children learn. 🙂 So I just need to make sure this week (aside from the stupid courses I have to go on for Year 2) that I remember to take stock and spend some time with my little ones!

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A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Lots of fun outdoors!

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 was the first full week back at school after only 2 days last week. It was an unexpectedly outdoors-y week which was lovely. I like taking the children outside of the classroom even if it is cold/wet/miserable. I think it’s great for everyone to get out of the classroom environment. They spend so many hours in the same room that it’s not always the most inspiring.

We went out into the village to do some sketching and then the next day spent some time outside in our forest area making habitats for animals to live in during our Science time. It was so much fun and I had such a great time stepping back and watching how engaged the children were with their learning. It makes me proud that we’re a primary school that don’t just focus on the English and Maths and that we recognise the importance of other subjects. I don’t mean to get on my soap box, but so many schools in my local area and across the country are panicking about standards of English and Maths for testing in Year 2 and Year 6. A lot of schools are repeating English and Maths in the afternoon if the children don’t meet their learning objectives. I never want to work in a school like that.

I feel like I’ve got so much admin-y bits that I need to do next week, so it might not be so fun. However, it’s been a lovely reminder of what I love about my school.

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- A wonderful welcome back!

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 work for 2 days! It might seem pointless to go back for 2 days, but I felt like it was a nice, gentle way back into school life after 3 weeks off. Yes, 3 weeks! Unfortunately, I was poorly for the last week of school which meant I couldn’t teach/go to work. I was in hospital for a few days and then needed to recover. I’ve still got to scans to wait for, but I don’t think it’s anything major. I hate not being with my class, so I was very frustrated at being poorly. Oh well, it’s not something I could help.

The children were extra clingy these past two days. I think they missed me! They worked really hard for me which was adorable! I wasn’t expecting them to be so ready for learning during the first two days back. There’s a lot to look forward to for this term. I’m super excited that it’s not as long as the previous two half terms. I’m hoping the weather improves too, so I can get outside with my class. I love some outdoor learning!

I’m aiming to work really hard on being good to myself this half term. I’m making myself drink more water, making myself leave early at least 3 times a week and ensuring I don’t spend too much time outside of school working on school things. Teaching is a consuming job. It takes over your life and I’m working hard to find the balance for some ‘me’ time. Having only worked for one hour this weekend, I’m pleased with myself.

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- 4 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 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!

I am crawling to the finish line. 4 more working days to go until a little break. I’m so ready for it. The Christmas holidays seem to fly by because they’re so busy, but I can’t wait for some time to just read, relax and hopefully get some new pretty books.  I can’t help myself. I’m always thinking about books!

Our nativity production went really well and I was a very proud teacher. Many of my children had the main roles which was both nerve wracking and heart warming. A mixture of emotions! 😀 I’m glad it’s over though. Those damn songs won’t get out of my head!

I have a very busy week ahead of me. I have a Christmas meal out with colleagues, I have a Christmas carol service, a Christmas meal with the children, Christmas party and our Christingle service at the church. All in 4 days. It’s all go and I’m sure the children are going to be bouncing off the walls with their hyperness. Working in a school is pretty magical at Christmas time, but it’s also super stressful trying to keep them calm. It becomes much more like babysitting because you can’t get much out of them! 😀

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- The performance is nearly here!

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 has been jam packed full of rehearsals and writing. It’s been intense! You’d think that things start to slow down in the run up to Christmas, but not quite yet…We’ve been getting ready for our Christmas play which starts next week. Plenty of dress rehearsals and real performances lie ahead this week. I’m always super proud of my class when they perform, but the work it takes to get there is crazy and often underappreciated!

I’m going to try and fit in some Christmas themed activities this week. It is that fun time of year after all. I just don’t want them to get too hyped up!

I also have to get my children’s books ready to be scrutinised which I always get a little nervous about. It means spending some time checking everything is marked (it usually is!) which takes a bit of extra time.

I’m ready for a break but I have 9 more working days to go! Just keep swimming…

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Observation over!

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 felt incredibly long and we still have two and a half weeks to go before a break. Argh! However, it’s been a really nice week with some great things achieved.

I had an English observation this week. It went really well with very positive feedback! I was very pleased. I had a drama based lesson which really showed off their speaking and listening skills. It was adorable and I was very proud of how they behaved.

We’re now going into a heavy week of nativity rehearsals before our performance next week. My class have a lot of speaking parts, so we’ll have to practise a lot! I am always super proud of their efforts.

This week I’m going to work on pushing reading comprehension skills further. My class love books, but we need to work on their understanding when they are independently reading. Fingers crossed for another successful week!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Drama inspiring my writers!

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!

I feel all I write about in my weekly posts is my children’s writing! However, this week I’ve been super impressed with their writing. I’m putting it down to a good book which had a captivating story and my amazing drama skills… 😉 (ha!)

The children have been learning about the Hindu story of Rama and Sita for some cross-curricular learning. The end product is that they write a newspaper article about Sita’s disappearance. This week has been the immersion week, where we get them all excited and completely captivated by our book. On Friday, for our independent write I decided to ‘transform’ into Ravana, the demon king (wearing a mask) and get the children to ask me questions based on the story. They absolutely loved it and were howling with laughter at my responses. I obviously wasn’t scary enough! 😉 The children then were asked to write from Ravana’s point of view (until a certain point…) about the events that had happened in the story. I haven’t had a chance to mark them yet, but from reading them when the children brought them up to me… they’re going to be amazing. Their vocabulary was outstanding for 6-7 year olds. I’m super proud of them!

This coming week, I’m being observed in English by a senior leader. I’m torn between using drama (because it inspires them…) and not using drama because then they’ll stay calm! They do get over excited! 🙂

Another good week with my class. Long may it continue!