A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Time is going by fast!

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 can’t believe tomorrow starts the third week of this seven week half term. Time is going by so fast. I’m really trying to enjoy these last few weeks with my class. It’s tough, because I feel at around this time of year, children almost outgrow the year/class they’re in. They become a little frustrated with one another and there’s plenty of arguments. I think some of it is down to tiredness too, especially with the younger children. So being positive when they’re irritating/irritated by each other can be a little tricky! However I’m giving it a good shot.

We have so much to pack in over the next few weeks that I’m pretty sure time is going to pass by even quicker. We have Sports Day next week which is always good fun.

As well as all the exciting things that come with the summer term, we’re still plodding on with teaching normal lessons. Maths this week is Time. I hate teaching time as children find it really tricky. I’m hoping that the penny drops for some of them this week. I have introduced 2 children wearing watches all day and I randomly spot test them on the time. That seems to be improving so many children’s ability to tell the time.

As for my new class, I’m starting to slowly get resources ready for the next academic year. I love a fresh start and I’m trying to get bits ready for the classroom change as well. It’s something that takes SO long in the summer and if I can get resources ready now, I’ll have a head start!

Exciting times ahead!

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A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Good news!

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 open this post with some good news! I’m moving year groups… to my preferred age to teach Lower Key Stage 2. These children are between 7-9 years old and I love that age. I’m a very happy teacher right now. It does mean that I will take some of my class to the next year group (not all, as there’s 3 classes) but I’m excited about that! I feel like I can really enjoy my last 6 weeks with my current class now that I know what’s happening in September. It does mean moving classrooms again but I’m excited to start afresh once again.

I know people that don’t work in teaching believe the last half of the second term is all about winding down until the summer holidays. I’d like to say it definitely isn’t! There’s so much to organise including new class lists, Sports Day, assemblies, transition days, reports and parent meetings… it’s mental! However, there’s often lovely weather and lots of opportunity to get outside. I’m always happy when I can go outside with the children. 🙂

I’m looking forward to lots of fun times with my class despite the busy rest of the term. It is this time of year that I realise how much they’ve progressed with me. We’ve had some great times this year and I’m looking forward to making more memories with them over the next 6 weeks!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Still hanging on!

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 last week at school before a week’s break. It was an absolutely lovely one. We managed to spend a glorious week outside learning which the children really lapped up. I can’t even begin to describe how different their behaviour is when the children have been outside all morning/day. They do get a bit grouchy by the end of the day, I’m not going to lie… but it’s significantly less than usual at this point of the school year.

I really enjoyed my week but was surprised that I had quite an amber week on my work-life balance app. I think it’s because I stayed late at school several evenings to get some things sorted for the last term of school. But in the interest of work-life balance I have had a no work weekend. Yay me!

The reason for this blog post title is that I still don’t know where I am in September. There’s been quite a lot of staffing issues and hopefully now they are sorted I can find out which year group I’ll be teaching in September.

I’m hoping to spend the next week catching up on some ARCs for June (amongst some planning for school!)

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- SATS and the sun!

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 dreaded SATs week for both Year 2 and Year 6 in my school. I’ve been dreading it since the start of this school term. I totally understand why they do them in Year 6. It’s the end of their primary education and it’s marked by external people. It is also reported. However, in Year 2, they are 6-7 years old and their teacher marks them. What gets me is that these tests aren’t reported to the government…. SO WHAT IS THE POINT?! Sorry for the scary capital letters but it’s something that I feel strongly about. All I’ve ‘learnt’ from administering these tests this week is that my teacher assessment is spot on. Well done me for knowing my children, right? It just frustrates me. I’m glad these tests are disappearing for 6-7 year olds in the next few years. They are utterly pointless in my opinion and just cause unnecessary stress.

Young children do get stressed with this papers, no matter how laid back you are when you administer them. I was so laid back about them all. I didn’t use the word test, I gave them ‘brain breaks’ in between sections and I constantly reiterated to parents that they weren’t important in the grand scheme of things. However, I still had some children that were visibly nervous when they turned the paper over. I had 2 children complaining of a tummy upset due to nerves (they were fine after the paper) and 1 went pale and shaky. How is that fair to young children? In other European schools, children don’t start school until they are 7. Arrrgh. Rant over!

In lovely news, we had a beautiful Royal Wedding Celebration at school on Friday. The children carried out a selection of historical activities about the Royal Family. They had a great time and the weather was utterly beautiful so they got to have a picnic lunch outside. It was so sweet! A nice end to a stressful week.

I’m hoping to find out the year group that I am in this week. Then perhaps I can get myself prepared for September…both mentally and in getting ready for a move (I’m praying for a move!) to a new classroom!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Morale Low!

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 bit of an odd one if I’m honest. We’re in the midst of working out staffing in the school (I still don’t know where I am yet!) and in the process of recruiting some new staff. Not many people seem to leave my school (as it is pretty fabulous!) but this year we have a few vacancies. The whispers are very much going around the school which isn’t fun. I just can’t wait to find out where everyone is for September, so I can start to prepare for it and the whispers can stop.

It feels like morale is quite low at the school at the moment which is certainly affecting my mood. I feel like I’ve been quite negative/moany at work at the moment, so this week I’m going to make a concentrated effort to be more positive. Let’s see how that one goes! I’m hoping when the uncertainty becomes certainty for everyone…things will improve.

I’m not looking forward to upcoming SATs next week. We’ll be done by Thursday. I just hate making these 6-7 year olds take tests. Get ready for a SATs moaning post next week hopefully alongside some positivity?

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Fit 2 Teach

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 don’t know where to start with this blog post really, as nothing much has happened this week! I’m sure I’ll have a lot of moaning to do next week as we are four working days away from the dreaded SATS tests. Urgh. Will I ever have a rant about them! Stay tuned for that! 😉

I’ve had three no work weekends in a row and I’m loving it. Being the organised person I am, it has been hard not to do work, but I think I’ve needed to do that. I’m not having the best time at work at the moment, so I’m trying to be good to myself and keep the weekends for relaxing, reading and blogging!

I downloaded the app Fit 2 Teach a few months back and I’ve been using it daily ever since. Basically, you answer questions such as ‘Did you take at least 30 mins of me time today? and  It gives you a score which is coloured red, amber or green for your day.

I’ve been using it to track my work-life balance. If I have too many red days in a week, I tend to have a no-work weekend. I love it because it’s been really great to analyse my day and think about how I can put little changes in to help me have a healthier balance and look after me. This post is NOT sponsored at all. I just love the app and thank it for improving my wellbeing!

A Week In the Life Of A Primary School Teacher- A good 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!

I can’t believe another week has gone past since I last wrote this weekly post. By the end of the week coming, I’ll be halfway through this term already. Time sure flies when you’re having fun…or waiting to do the standardised tests. Wah. I’ve mentioned it before, but my young class have to complete six standardised tests because they are at the end of this stage of their education (Key Stage 1). In September, they move to the junior part of our school. Some of them seem way too young!

I feel like the next week or so is going to be full of cramming in as much as we can before the tests. I’m a massive advocate of keeping the subjects like P.E., Art, Geography etc. in the afternoons (unlike some other schools) because some children simply do not excel in Maths and English. They definitely need that time to shine. I’m glad that my school isn’t one that insists on Maths and English all day to raise standards. I’m very lucky in that way.

I’m currently completing a writing unit of work with my higher ability children. They are absolutely loving writing an extended piece of work that we work on once a week. They’re always counting the days until they can write the next piece, which is really cute to see.

Our school trip this week was fabulous, with the children being exceptionally well behaved. It was a tiring day and the weather wasn’t good to us, but we had a great time!

With every week that comes by, brings me closer and closer to finding out which year group I’ll be teaching next year. Very excited but nervous! 🙂