A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Goodbye, Year 2…Time for 6 weeks off!

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 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!

Yes, you read that right. It’s time for me to have 6 glorious weeks off! Well, I say off, but I do need to move classrooms and set up a new one which takes a good few weeks. However, it’s time for me to rest, relax and read.

I hate it when people moan at teachers for the amount of time we have off. Yes, it seems like ages, but people who don’t know teachers think that we have all of the time off. Not the case. Who do you think gets the classroom ready, the exercise books ready, the planning done for the lessons we’ll teach? The classroom is not the only piece of work that we do. Also, I practically do 10-12 hour days 5 days a week. I work every Saturday for at least half the day. I often have to stay late for meetings or work at an event at the weekend… all without overtime. So the summer holidays? I’m claiming my overtime! Rant over…

This week was lovely. I spent the week with very little arguments between the children! That was a shocker. I’m not always the biggest fan of the last week of term because it’s so unstructured and I enjoy my structure. However, I feel we gave the children chance to wind down and spend time with me (the nature of the classroom means I can’t always give each child the attention they deserve!) I wasn’t as sad to see this class go, as I have been my other two classes. I don’t know whether it’s because it wasn’t my preferred age range, or just if I’m becoming more hardened.

I’m looking forward to relaxing and catching up on some blogging. This organised teacher plans to get loads of blog content scheduled, as the start of the school year is insanely busy! This feature will return in September! 🙂

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A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- 5 more working days to go!

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 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 that I’m about to approach my last five days in school this year. It has been one hell of a year, with my teaching mojo disappearing for a while. I feel sad that I’ve not felt like I’ve given this class my best, but despite that we’ve had a great year and they’ve still made a lot of progress.

This week I had my new class for another morning. They weren’t as quiet and laid back as the first morning with them. However, it’s made me think about how I can crack down on the small behaviours they’re showing in September. I’m determined to nail it early on this time around!

It’s going to be a busy week! We’ve got class treats, assemblies, a talent show and a LOT of sorting out to do. I think it’s going to be an emotional one too. I’ve already got some children clinging to me and a little teary. Bless them. I know they’ll be fine after the holidays and by this time next year they’ll be not wanting to leave their teacher once more. Children are fickle! 😉

I’m looking forward to spending the last five days with my current class. Let’s hope that they can keep the arguing to a minimum!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- A refreshing 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 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 very exciting and refreshing! It’s certainly not been refreshing weather though… Teaching in a heat wave is a STRUGGLE. I’m hoping that classrooms in warmer climates have air conditioning because 30 bodies in a small-ish space create even more heat. Cue moaning children that don’t know when to sit in the shade and stop running around. Cue arguments because they’re hot and sticky. Cue them trying to hug you because they’re tired and grouchy… hugs when they’re dripping in sweat… ick! So please do a little rain dance for me!

I’m feeling refreshed because I’ve now met my new class. I’m going to be teaching mixed Year 3/4. I have 15 Year 3 and 16 Year 4 children. I was nervous about my morning with them on Friday, as I had heard some were rather challenging. However, they were delightful. I know this can be the case in the first morning together, they want to impress you and want you to like them. They’re yet to show their ‘true’ colours. We’re definitely in the honeymoon period at the moment. However, I see a lot of potential with them.

I’m also super happy to be back in my preferred age range to teach. We had so much fun together. I’m looking forward to our morning together next week. We’re going to pick our first class book in a very exciting way. I’m also going to complete some Science experiments with them and possibly squeeze in some Maths!

As for my lovely current class, some are feeling quite sad to not be with me next year…some are feeling very happy to be with me. I know they’ll be fine come September. 🙂 They get so attached. This time next year they’ll be sad to leave their teacher again. We’ve got lots of fun things planned and I’m looking forward to them. 10 more working days until summer!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Bookworm heaven!

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 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 flown by. I can’t believe how quickly time is going. I only have 15 working days left with this class and 2 mornings of those will be spent with my new class. I can’t believe I’m about to finish my third year of teaching. Time sure flies by when you’re teaching! It’s such a busy, consuming job. But so worth it!

I’ve had a really mixed week with lots going on. We only spent the first 3 days on our usual curriculum subjects. Then we had 2 Design and Technology days where the children had to sew. Sewing is NOT my thing, but it went surprisingly well. Some of these 6-7 year olds can sew better than I can. The annoying thing was the amount of needles I had to thread throughout the day! They did impress me though and every child made a wonderful puppet.

I also had the opportunity to visit the school library services. Pretty dreamy for a bookworm like me. We spent nearly 2 hours browsing through the books that we could take back to school. We ended up taking over 100 books. I promise that wasn’t me just piling on book after book. 😉

Next week brings parent meetings, talent show auditions and transition day. This time next week I would have spent a morning with my new class! Can’t wait!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- New subject 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 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 an interesting one! I found out that I’m going to be taking leadership of a new subject from September. I’m going to be in charge of PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education). I’m excited about a new subject. It might not seem like a ‘big’ or ‘important’ subject, but there’s much more to it than first meets the eye. I look forward to getting stuck into it soon.

We had Sports Day this week which went really well. I always feel a sense of pride when I watch Sports Day. You really get to see some children shine that don’t always get that sense of achievement with academic subjects. We also have some children with very challenging needs and to see them participate warms my heart.

My heart was also totally warmed when I looked around the classroom during their English lesson this week. They were all on task, working quietly and producing fabulous work. They’ve come so far since September 2017 and it’s so easy not to recognise that. You’re with them every week day as a teacher and don’t always realise the progress they’ve made. Moments like these make me realise why I love teaching. ❤

Somehow, I had forgotten reports are going out to parents next week. Luckily, for me, my school doesn’t complete a long report in the Summer term. I could easily complete my reports in a few hours after school. Much better than the mid-year report which takes me days to complete for 30 children.

Next week is a pretty unremarkable one, but I’m going to try and make the most of my class. Only 20 more school days left until summer!

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!

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!)