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…

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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!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Poetry Success!

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!

3 weeks ago, if you’d have told me that my class would have created wonderful poems to show to their parents, I would have laughed and continued rocking in the corner. However, with some support and some very hard work on their part (and mine 😉 ) they created some beautiful poetry work. I’m still not overly keen on teaching poetry and I’m thrilled it’s over for now… but I’m super pleased with their efforts. So pleased that I’ve stuck their poetry up on the windows and door of my classroom. I’m hoping others can see and appreciate it!

I’m excited about getting into a new unit of English work. It’s all about newspaper reports now, but newspaper reports through a story. Much more exciting for this bookworm! 🙂

I’m also teaching shape in Maths within the next week. Shape can be so tricky, but I’m hoping for some fun and exciting, practical activities for my little ones. We’ll also be starting rehearsals for our Christmas nativity. Fun times ahead…

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Going with the flow!

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 incredibly busy but a lot of fun. I’ve continued with teaching poetry, with much more success this week. I gave the children lots of support and ideas and it seems to have gone down well.

We have been watching Michael Rosen reading his poetry. We’re having a poetry sharing session with parents next week and I’ve went with my class as they decided they wanted to perform it to their parents. I love it when the children get the opportunity to lead the learning. It’s certainly inspiring to go with them and our curriculum doesn’t often give you that opportunity.

I’m looking forward to planning lots of creative activities for our next two books. I’m loving that we’ve gone to book led topics. It makes this bookworm’s heart very, very happy.

This week brings my first staff meeting which I’m very nervous about. Luckily it’s about one of my favourite topics… blogging! 🙂 I hope it’ll be received well. Only time will tell…

 

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- The Struggles With Poetry

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 a long one! It was the first one back after a week’s break. I had quite a lot going on including meetings and an observation from the local authority. The observation, even though it was stressful, went really well. I was surprised! I had some very positive feedback.

My class have been working on poetry unit and will be for the next 2 weeks. They were absolutely loving it until they got to writing their own poem later in the week. Even though we had planned it they were completely flummoxed. I’m going to spend some time today looking into how I can support them better. Poetry is one of my least favourite things to teach. It’s so hard for young children!

I have an exciting week coming up though. One of my favourite experiments to do in Science Club is Coke and Mentos and that one’s coming up! They get so incredibly excited about the explosions! I’m hoping they continue to love Maths as much as they do. Fingers are firmly crossed that they get to Friday and write a poem without freaking out!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- A break is much needed!

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 like this half term has been long but at the same time, it’s come around fairly quickly. I’m just about to have a week’s break. I’m trying to cram my work into today, so I can actually have some time off. I have a few plans this week which is good. It’s so important in teaching to find time for yourself. It’s such a consuming job. There’s always things that I could or should be doing, but I’m finding I’m learning a lot more about balancing work! It’s only taken me until my third year of teaching!!

I feel like I have bonded well with my class now. At first, I was apprehensive about going back to Year 2, but now I’m enjoying it more. I don’t think it’ll ever be my preferred age group, but they’re a sweet bunch of kids who I’m enjoying teaching and spending time with. Their enthusiasm is infectious! 🙂

I’m looking forward to so much next half term. It might be a 7 and a half week term, but it’s going to be a fun one. We have a nativity performance, so many good books and some cute activities coming up. I

Now it’s time for a week off. Read, relax, blog, see friends… I’m going to enjoy recharging!