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!

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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- 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! 🙂

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- No Work Weekend

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, I returned to work after a glorious two weeks off for Easter. I spent so much time reading, which is what I feel I really needed to do. I was happy to be back, I was missing the routine and the children as well. For some reason, I have had a very up and down week. I think some of it is was due to not getting a lot of sleep this week. I have had a lot on my mind because in the Summer term, we find out where we’re going to be in September. I am desperate to go back to juniors, but I don’t know if it’s going to happen.

As my week was so wobbly, I decided to readdress the balance and have a no work weekend! I know….2015 me would have laughed at the thought of a no work weekend. I needed it though. I literally spent most of yesterday sleeping. I don’t regret one single moment. I think because I was so organised with my planning, I could afford to take it easy this weekend. I’m catching up with friends today which is lovely!

I’ve definitely learned this weekend that I need to put more of these no work weekends in. I potentially have a very tricky week coming up with some meetings that could be hard-going, pupil progress meetings and a school trip!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Teacher Guilt

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 intense. Don’t get me wrong, the children have been fabulous, but my own self-esteem about my teaching has taken a nose dive.

Thinking back, I never really wanted to teach Year 2 this year. I am confident with the Year 2 expectations, but I just enjoy junior teaching (7 years +) more. I find the curriculum much more fun. I like how your marking can really make an impact in their learning. I feel like I’ve let my current class down. They’ve been lovely (if a little noisy and needy) this year, but I haven’t given my all in my opinion. The team around me completely disagree and compliment me all the time. I just feel like I haven’t put everything into my teaching as I could have done. Teacher guilt. Teacher guilt is NOT fun.

I’m going to take some time this week to look back on their first piece of work in writing to see how much progress they have made. I’m hoping on reflection I find that they’ve actually come far, it just doesn’t feel like it to my brain that’s wracked with anxiety and teacher guilt this week.

I have a full on week with a training course and parent meetings. Wah! I’m really going to be crawling to Thursday and the promise of 2 weeks off! 🙂