A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- A mixed bag!

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 has been a real mixed bag! It started off really well with the children working incredibly hard and really taking on our poetry module. From my previous experience, some children can find poetry difficult, so I think I was approaching it with slightly lower expectations than usual. They really got on board with it and all was good! I still do Science Club on a Monday, and that went really well this week too!

Tuesday was a great day professionally for me. I organised a reading event which was all about reading for pleasure. Something that is incredibly close to my heart. We had SO many children turn up with their parents and it was lovely to see children reading closely with their parents. 🙂 It made this teacher bookworm very happy indeed. I think hot chocolate enticed them but they were genuinely interested in the books.

I had an ICT conference on the Wednesday in London which was great fun. I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did, but it was great to see what’s about for education. I’m not sure if I’ll get any of the apps/programs that I want (money is so tight in schools at the moment) but it’s good to know what is out there!

My class behaved on that day for their supply teacher, however, they didn’t do as well in their work as usual. It was frustrating but I guess I should take it as flattering that they work their best for me! 😉

So all in all, a good if mixed week! We’ve started our new class book Gangsta Granny and we’ve had some much better behaviour which I’m pleased about.

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A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Hopeful!

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 has been an incredibly tough one, however, towards the end of the week I started to feel much better which is good. This week I’ve really been focusing on their behaviour and I feel like it’s starting to turn around once more. I’m trying not to be too optimistic though as they’ve done this before for a few weeks and then went back to their ways. I’m determined that this won’t happen again!

I haven’t made any secret of the fact that I’ve struggled with my class and behaviour this academic year. I have 4 children in particular who have incredibly challenging behavioural needs. I do still adore my class though, they’re just making me adapt my teaching style very, very quickly.

I feel like I’m learning so much more in my second year of teaching and that’s got to be a positive thing. I’m learning that the teaching part is the easy bit of the job. The worst/hardest part? Parents! Of course, every parent wants the best for their child and I understand that completely. However, I think sometimes parents forget that I have 30 other children in the class alongside their little darling.

I’m going to be trying out a range of new teaching techniques in writing this week to try and achieve better quality writing from the children. We’ll see how that one goes!

I’m hopeful that my class will turn a corner and really start making the progress I know they can make.

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Pupil Progress…

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 has been an interesting one down to some knee problems… *insert eye roll here* However, I think it’s been an okay week and my problems aside, I think my class are progressing well.

This week we had a pupil progress meeting which happens either half-termly or termly. We sit down with senior leadership and talk through every child and see if they are on track to meet age related expectations by the end of the year. We talk about our concerns and every child is really given a thorough conversation. If I’m honest, I find these meetings quite stressful. Sometimes, a child has come up too high from another teacher (judgement differs so much, it’s surprising!) which means we have to fill in the gaps they have and push them on. I found out that quite a few of my current class were scored very high which means they have to be beyond age related expectations…ARGH. So I have quite some work to do over the school year.

I have plans to extend those who are supposed to be ‘beyond’ within the next few weeks. I’ll do my best, as always, but I’m trying to not let it stress me out or stress the children out. It’s not worth it for just a label of ‘beyond age expectations!’

A Week In The Life of A Primary School Teacher- First observation as a ‘proper’ teacher is done!

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 brought my first observation as a ‘proper’ teacher. What I mean by that is that I am no longer in the induction period of my career. I’ve finished my newly qualified year and now I have no excuses! 😉 I was super nervous to be observed for the first time in my new year group. I never anticipated that I’d work with junior school children, I always thought I was an infant school teacher but I’m thoroughly enjoying my time in Key Stage 2.

My observation was in Maths. Not my favourite subject personally, but I do have a class who are quite solid with Maths so I’m pleased that it was Maths first! (My English one will follow later in the year!) Even though I was nervous, it went really well with only a few pointers to help me grow. I’m a big believer in always being a learner, even as a teacher. There’s always new ways to develop as a teacher and I’m so early in my career. I’m finding my teaching style and growing always. After all, I need to remember that it’s my second year of teaching and first year of teaching juniors. I’m way too harsh on myself.

It’s definitely getting ultra Christmassy in school at the moment and the children are starting to get super hyped up for Christmas. Christmas is a fun time in a school, but it can also be quite stressful for the teachers trying to peel the children off the ceilings and keep them calm so they’re still learning something. I decorated my classroom this week and have started to let them listen to Christmas music. I’m going to be all Christmas-ed out soon, I’m sure. We have so much going on within the next two weeks, it’s going to fly by!

Top Ten Books I Hope To Read With My Class

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a back to school topic. I decided to write about 10 books that I hope to explore with my class this coming academic year. Just 6 days until we’re back!

I shall be teaching a mixed class this year with ages ranging from 7-9! Here are the books I’m planning to explore with them.

Click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page!

The Pied Piper Of Hamelin- Michael Morpurgo

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

We are doing a book study on this book in the first three weeks of term. I’m really excited to explore it with them with some really fun activities.

The World’s Worst Children- David Walliams

The World's Worst Children

I have picked this book as our first class book! I’m excited to explore more of David Walliams’ writing!

Stone Age, Bone Age- Mick Manning

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I thought this non fiction book would be great for our first topic of the Stone Age!

Ug- Raymond Briggs

Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age

Ug is another Stone Age related book which we’ll be studying in the first few months. I haven’t read it before, so I’m excited to read it with them!

The Heart and The Bottle- Oliver Jeffers

The Heart and the Bottle

This is another book that I want to study with them. There’s a lot of opportunity for creative writing!

The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish- Neil Gaiman

The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish

I haven’t read this book, but I can’t wait to read some Neil Gaiman to my new class!

Black Dog- Levi Pinfold

Black Dog

I have heard a lot about this book, but I’ve never read it. I look forward to exploring it with them!

Flotsam- David Weisner

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Another one I’ve heard so much about but never got around to reading!

Roman’s On The Rampage- Jeremy Strong

Romans on the Rampage

My old class enjoyed a bit of Jeremy Strong, so I aim to try this one with the new class when we study the Romans.

You Wait Til I’m Older Than You- Michael Rosen

You Wait Till I'm Older Than You!

I love Michael Rosen. I’m trying to read more poetry to my class, so this is the perfect choice!

What did you do for your back to school post this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!