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..

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Tensions running high!

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!

This week has been an interesting one. The children have been fine and actually working quite hard. They’ve really been loving our David Walliams whole class reading book and have been producing some really high quality work. I’ve been impressed as English is not really their forte!

However, it seems tensions this week are really building between the team I work with. As I mentioned before, summer term really isn’t the time for winding down. We have so much going on in the next couple of weeks, between parents evenings, reports, Sports Day and swimming… it’s one thing after another and so many things to balance. The reports are due to be checked this week and I haven’t even started writing them as we haven’t sorted them as a team. This pressure seems to be getting to us this week and there has been a bit of moaning! Not nice, but I’m sure it’s down to pure tiredness and amount of jobs left to do!

I’m hoping next week is a much less tense week! We’ve got work to pack in and Sports Day approaching. The weather is set to be beautiful too, so hopefully lots of opportunity for outside learning! We’ll see…

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- I’m on the move again!

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!

I returned to school this week after a week long break. It’s coming up to that time of year, that most people think teachers will enjoy. However, a lot of teachers don’t! For me, it’s full of packing in parts of the curriculum that you haven’t covered yet, it’s full of assessment, the children are getting rattier with each other having spent nearly a year together. They’re ready to go up a year and think they’ve outgrown their class! Ha. That said, the children have been delightful this week. They’ve worked exceptionally hard and I’m pleased with them. I wonder if they can keep it up?

It feels like I’ve been back for ages as I’ve had so much going on this week. I’ve been formally observed (every teacher is twice a year) and I’ve went to another school for writing moderation. My lesson observation went really well which I wasn’t expecting at all. It’s given me a confidence boost.

I have been told that I will be moving down a year group next year. Back to Year 2. At first, I had my reservations. I really enjoy junior teaching. I’m trying to see the positives though. I’ll be returning to my first ever classroom with what looks like a great bunch of children. Having completed a year in Year 2 before, I know exactly what the expectations are. I feel like I can hit the ground running! I’ve also been told that it’s not forever and I could return to juniors at some point. I guess I’m in the unique position of being able to teach Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and enjoy both of the age groups. I should be happy with that! So many people have a preferred age range, but mine is Year 2-3 so it does cross the Key Stage boundaries. We’ll see how it goes. I’ll be meeting my next class (my third class!) in 4 weeks!

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

This week has been a lot of fun! I really like the summer term for the brighter weather and the chance to go outside more with my class. I’m a big fan of outside learning and we spent most of the week in our gorgeous outdoor grounds. I keep reminding my class how lucky they are to be in a school with such beautiful outdoor provision. We have a great forest area, which we used so much this week.

We mixed the children from 4-11 year-old, with the younger children being looked after by the older children. It was adorable. The children had a wide range of activities to choose from including visitors, outdoor cooking and bug hunting. The whole school was relaxed, calm and happy. It was lovely to see. I really enjoy that I’m part of a team that values outdoor learning. They may not have been doing your typical English and Maths, but I can assure you that they learnt a lot!

It’s now time for a week’s break. I say a week’s break, but I do have some work to do! I am looking forward to relaxing though and I’m not putting any pressure on myself to get loads of things done. It’s time to reunite with my books and really have some ‘me’ time.

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- A crazy, busy 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 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!

This week has been super busy, but flown by at the same time. I don’t know how I packed every single thing that I did! It’s been non-stop!

The children managed to write a story and complete a unit of fractions work. How they did that is beyond me! 😀 I felt like I buzzed through everything at super speed. I do wonder if they actually picked up some quality teaching but time will tell. The reason why we raced through was because we had a school trip at the end of the week. School trips can be super stressful. I know I’m always responsible for the children, but taking them out of school and not in that contained environment can be a little worrying. However, as always, I need not have worried because they were superstars. They always behave impeccably outside of school, leaving me wondering why they can’t behave that well at school. I guess I’d prefer them to behave well when we’re in the public eye!

Next week, seems to be as full on but in many different ways. We have a woodwork project and some outdoor activities all week. I’m going to be even more tired than I already am! I didn’t know that was possible!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- A very up and down 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 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!

This week has been a bit of a weird one. The children in Year 6 (10-11 years old) have had their end of primary school tests (SATs) which has meant keeping my class very quiet every single time they walked past the hall. It also meant quite often their break-time was delayed- which for my very hyperactive class was not great for them! I think that’s why I’ve felt their behaviour has been very up and down! It has…

We’ve got an incredibly busy week coming up. I’ve got to pack in three days of curriculum subjects and then we have yet another school trip. It’s going to be a tiring one. I can’t believe the week after that is our last week of this half term. A week off is calling and I can’t wait! 😉

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Prioritising

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!

This week I’m writing this post on the second weekend in a row where I haven’t brought school work home! What is this thing called a work-life balance? I didn’t think I would be able to ever do this, when I started teaching last year. Don’t get me wrong, there are things that I definitely should be doing right now, but I have prioritised… my books can be marked on Monday morning- they don’t need to be marked this weekend. Go me!

Having a work free weekend, means I can spend time doing things I actually want to do! I have been able to read instead of spending hours working on school stuff. My sister has also been visiting this weekend and it’s nice to spend time with her instead of being stuck to my laptop all day.

I’m not saying that this won’t continue, but right now I’m a very content teacher. I know I have stuff to do, but I’m not pushing or forcing myself to work. It’s about looking at what desperately needs to be done, should be done and could be done! Luckily for me this weekend, I have nothing too pressing! Here’s to more of the same!