A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Wonderful story writing from my little munchkins!

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! I have had parent interview meetings, a harvest festival at the church and a week of story writing. It’s been so rewarding though.

A few weeks back, I mentioned how my school had decided to use books to drive a topic (my idea of heaven!). I was very excited about our wordless picture book Journey. This week the children wrote their stories based on the book. I knew they were enjoying the lessons, but my goodness did we get results! I really liked how we got them excited about the book, then taught them about noun phrases using the text. They then actually applied them in their stories. We’ve taught them grammar before but then they didn’t use it in context. So for them to actually apply what they had learnt was pretty impressive. My heart was singing!

I was so proud of every child’s effort. That wasn’t a bad story amongst the 29 stories in the class. I am so excited to use books again going forward. It makes this bookworm/teacher’s heart very happy.

We have one more week before a week’s break. I’m looking forward to resting and recharging ready for some more fun next half term!

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A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Busy and tired…

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 tell that it’s getting closer to a week’s break as I’ve been super tired this week. It could be that we had a busy week. This week I had some subject leader time, we went on a school trip and had a whole day making cars! A mixture of fresh air and sheer panic when 30 children have hacksaws could certainly be a reason why!

The bond is certainly growing with my class. They’ve been really sweet! I was out of the class for one day this week and they were adorable every single time they spotted me around the school. I was then bundled by hugs at break time when they saw me walking by. Bless them!

I am nervous about this classes first parent meetings next week. I don’t feel like I’ve talked to many of the parents, so I hope we get on okay! My anxiety likes to rear its ugly head around parents evening. Let’s hope it’s not too bad this time around.

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Inspired children!

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 have absolutely loved this week with my class! The week started off really well with our book launch of Journey by Aaron Becker. I don’t know if you’ve heard of this book, but it is a book with no words. Just gorgeous illustrations.

Journey (Journey Trilogy, #1)

Click on the book image to learn more about the book!

I ‘read’ this book to the children this week making sure they put some ideas into it. They were so excited to make up their own words in the book. Straight away, I was impressed with the sentences they were coming up with orally. It makes me very excited to start writing their stories in the week after next. Having such a fun and successful start of the week set me up well for the rest of the week! 🙂

I also enjoyed a very practical science lesson this week. I’m a huge believer in primary being lots of fun, so I try to make everything as fun as I can. I’ve had some great Science lessons this half term, with the children really displaying those scientific concepts that I want to draw out of them, without realising their learning! They just think it’s good fun and that’s what I strive for!

Here’s to another good week! Fingers are crossed!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Exciting bookish times ahead!

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!

Even though I’ve been very poorly this week with a wretched cold, I’ve had a good week! 🙂 I have been much more calmer with my class recognising that they’re so much younger than my old class. I think we’ve produced some fantastic work. My teaching assistant, who taught in Year 2 last year, can’t believe the quality of work that they’re producing. Now that’s not all down to me, don’t worry, I’m not getting a big head! Some children in my class are genuinely gifted in English and Maths. I can’t wait to see just how far they go.

I’m really excited about the way that we’re changing English as a year group. It’s going to be more book lead. The bookworm in me was screaming. I know that children can get so engaged with their writing when they’re stimulated by a book. The book we’ve picked is hopefully going to produce some wonderful, detailed writing. I’m so excited to launch the book tomorrow. We’ve got all sorts of things planned for the next three weeks. Well, I say we, but I jumped on it and made sure it was all planned with lots of exciting activities. At the end of the day, the children I work with are between 5 and 7 years old. They still believe in a bit of magic… and why should I deny them that?

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher-Learning to adapt!

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 a mixed one. My class are absolutely lovely, there’s no doubt about that. They work hard, are generally quiet and want to please me. Yet I’ve struggled this week with their neediness. I think it’s because I’ve moved from 9 year olds to 6 year olds. Maturity wise…that’s massive. I’ve got to get used to them being more dependent on me, their need to be prompted and their desire to always have my attention over other children.

Now I know older children can totally be like this too, but I had ‘trained’ my class to be independent. I just need to remember it’s very early days and they are still young. They’re a dreamy class and I do appreciate that. I need to adapt to the change in age group. I am blessed with a lovely class and I think we’re going to have a great year together. Personally, I just need to get back into that infant mindset and get ready to have fun, laughs and teach the children to become more confident within themselves. I’m sure I can do it!

I’m going into this week with a positive outlook! 🙂 We’ve got lots of fun things planned this week. It should be a good one!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher-Hello again, Year 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 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!

Six weeks went by really quickly! This week, I started back at school. Back again to Year 2, which are children aged 6-7 years old. I’m not going to lie, it’s not my favourite age group, but out of the younger infant children I prefer to teach the 6-7 year olds. I don’t know how I’d even teach a 4 year old well! I don’t think I could! I spent Monday and Tuesday this week getting ready (things still aren’t done nearly a week on… oops!) and then the children came in on Wednesday.

My first impressions of my new class (my third class!) is that they’re adorable, bright (in the main part) and willing to learn. They’re super enthusiastic which is very cute. If I could just get them to stop patting me… ha! It’s one of my biggest bug bears.

We’ve already completed some writing and some maths and they work quietly. This is a massive change from last year when I was with the 7-9 year olds. They couldn’t stop chattering! My new bunch of children start of chatty but then settle without having to be told 4 times. I could get used to this!

My favourite moment of the 3 days with my new class came from teaching Science. It was a fairly practical lesson and they had a whale of a time. They totally learnt what they were supposed to as well. Win win!

So whilst I’m still missing junior teaching, I’m happy with this new class and hope we’ll have an amazing year!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School- Time for a recharge

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 was our last week at school and it was an emotional one. 😦 I have had such a rollercoaster with this class. They were hard work in the beginning, they got better, they got worse and then they got better again. However, I feel like I’ve learned the most from this class. Especially about behaviour management. I’m moving back to Key Stage 1 (to be specific Year 2 6-7 years old) and I will miss having older children. I love the banter with the older ones and I also enjoy the curriculum more. I think it’s meatier.

We have had fun this week. I made sure of that. We’ve watched a DVD, played in the forest, had some free time to colour, had a water fight and a music concert. It’s been lovely to just be with my class and spend our last week together.

I received so many lovely gifts from my class. I was inundated with plants, flowers, candles, pampering items, pens, notebooks, mugs and glasses. I have some really thoughtful gifts, like my favourite Roald Dahl quote on a frame and a photograph of my favourite country on canvas. Although gifts are so thoughtful and I’m incredibly grateful what really means the most are the lovely messages from parents, thanking me for the input I’ve had in their child’s education.

This feature will now not return until September! It’s time to get my new classroom ready and have a break from school. Yay for more reading time I say!