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!

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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- 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! 🙂

Chrissi’s Class Reads #7

I’ve read 5 more books with my class and thought I’d share them with you today. At the moment I teach 6-7 year olds. We’re currently making our way through a book for pleasure (these books have had either a writing or reading purpose) but I’ll mention it when we finish! 🙂

Last Stop On Market Street- Matt De La Pena

Last Stop on Market Street

This is such a sweet story. It’s about a young boy who doesn’t appreciate what he has until he is shown how privileged he really is. I used it to get the children to think about how lucky they were and to compare the main character’s area to their own!

The Utterly Otterleys- Mairi Hedderwick

The Utterly Otterleys

A cute story all about otters who try to find a new home but realise there wasn’t anything wrong with theirs in the first place. It’s adorable. Again, it’s about being grateful for what you have.

The Princess and The Pea- Hans Christian Andersen

The Princess and the Pea

I was inspired to use this book recently when I attended a course. It’s a well known fairy tale (I love fairy tales… see Fairy Tale Friday…) and I think it’s so important that children still read or are read these classics.

The Pea And The Princess- Mini Grey

The Pea And The Princess

I read the children this book before they created their own story of The Pea and The Princess. You won’t believe the quality writing I got out of this task!

Tidy- Emily Gravett

Tidy

This has been our latest read. It was ever so sweet. It’s about Pete the badger, who wants to keep the forest tidy. He ends up covering it in concrete but soon realises that was a very bad idea…

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

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!

Phew, this week has been a little tough going looking after 5 little ducklings and 30 small people. If you didn’t read my post last week, you’ll be wondering why I’m going on about ducklings. Well, I decided it would be a good idea for the children to hatch duckling eggs. They’ve been absolutely loving it. We ended up with 5 ducklings out of 6 eggs, but unfortunately we lost one on Monday morning. The children were absolutely brilliant about it though and although they were a little sad, they were happy to have four happy, healthy ducklings.

Here are pictures of them, as requested!

What with cleaning out ducklings frequently, checking they’re fed and watered and teaching 30 children- this week was crazy busy. I feel like I didn’t have time to pause this week. It was all go.

We’re working on an extended piece of writing for the next two weeks about the ducklings. The children are really engaged with this task and I’m getting such wonderful pieces of writing. 🙂 Talk about an experience enhancing writing. It makes me a very happy teacher.

It’s getting to the point (with 2 weeks to go before Easter break) where gossip is starting about who is teaching what/where from September. I hate this time of year. It sets my anxiety on edge. I like to know where I am so I can prepare myself. I’m trying to remain calm about it though and just take things as they come. I have a feeling there’s going to be a big shake up of staffing… only time will tell!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Duckling Crazy

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 post is totally coming to you much later on a Sunday and that is down to 5 little ducklings…

At the beginning of this year, I decided that it would be a great idea for my class and parallel classes to hatch ducklings. It was a great idea. The children are absolutely loving it. I’ve had to take them home for the weekend as it was my bright idea. Ha! I have spent the weekend being completely absorbed by them. I have barely done any reading. I’m more interested in them! 🙂 The company we used is totally ethical and we think some parents might buy the little ones anyway so that makes me happy.

I have really enjoyed sharing the experience with the children. They have loved caring for them and we have 5 more days of fun with the little ones. I think they’ve learned so much through this experience. It really has been a pleasure to see them learn so much through this.

I’m also really pleased with how other ‘projects’ of mine are going in the school. 🙂 All in all a very successful week workwise.

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- 2 Snow 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 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!

Well, this was an unexpected week! It really was one of oddest I’ve had so far this year!

It started with me completely losing my voice at the start of the week for no apparent reason. I hadn’t been shouting a lot, hadn’t had a cold… it was all very strange. Teaching, without a voice, is incredibly tricky. However, I persevered, using technology to help out a bit. I used text to speech apps and I also typed instructions for the children. Luckily, my class are such good readers! 😉

We had warnings of snow all week, but down in my part of the UK, we rarely get snow. How wrong I was! By Thursday we were completely snowed in. I got two unexpected days off. It felt like I really needed those days. I’m somewhat ashamed to say I didn’t use the time to catch up on all things school. I shouldn’t feel teacher guilt for not doing work on a day off, but I totally had the teacher guilt. Yet, I did feel really poorly, so I spent the time reading, relaxing and watching Netflix. I also had left my laptop and USB stick at school as I really didn’t expect the snow…Excuses, excuses!

Next week is going to be a bit of a catch up week. We can’t start our new English unit as expected as we didn’t finish the current unit due to snow days! I also really need to crack down on spellings. My class are becoming such wonderful writers but their spelling leaves a lot to be desired.

Onwards and upwards!