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- 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!

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- 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?