A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Time is going by fast!

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 tomorrow starts the third week of this seven week half term. Time is going by so fast. I’m really trying to enjoy these last few weeks with my class. It’s tough, because I feel at around this time of year, children almost outgrow the year/class they’re in. They become a little frustrated with one another and there’s plenty of arguments. I think some of it is down to tiredness too, especially with the younger children. So being positive when they’re irritating/irritated by each other can be a little tricky! However I’m giving it a good shot.

We have so much to pack in over the next few weeks that I’m pretty sure time is going to pass by even quicker. We have Sports Day next week which is always good fun.

As well as all the exciting things that come with the summer term, we’re still plodding on with teaching normal lessons. Maths this week is Time. I hate teaching time as children find it really tricky. I’m hoping that the penny drops for some of them this week. I have introduced 2 children wearing watches all day and I randomly spot test them on the time. That seems to be improving so many children’s ability to tell the time.

As for my new class, I’m starting to slowly get resources ready for the next academic year. I love a fresh start and I’m trying to get bits ready for the classroom change as well. It’s something that takes SO long in the summer and if I can get resources ready now, I’ll have a head start!

Exciting times ahead!

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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- 4 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 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 am crawling to the finish line. 4 more working days to go until a little break. I’m so ready for it. The Christmas holidays seem to fly by because they’re so busy, but I can’t wait for some time to just read, relax and hopefully get some new pretty books.  I can’t help myself. I’m always thinking about books!

Our nativity production went really well and I was a very proud teacher. Many of my children had the main roles which was both nerve wracking and heart warming. A mixture of emotions! 😀 I’m glad it’s over though. Those damn songs won’t get out of my head!

I have a very busy week ahead of me. I have a Christmas meal out with colleagues, I have a Christmas carol service, a Christmas meal with the children, Christmas party and our Christingle service at the church. All in 4 days. It’s all go and I’m sure the children are going to be bouncing off the walls with their hyperness. Working in a school is pretty magical at Christmas time, but it’s also super stressful trying to keep them calm. It becomes much more like babysitting because you can’t get much out of them! 😀

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Meeting my new class!

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 was an exciting one for me because I had the opportunity to meet my new class and spend the morning with them! 🙂 It was lovely! I am going back to Year 2, which means my new class are between 6 and 7 years old. It’s not what I wanted, but I will give it my best. As I’ve said before, I feel like I’m going to hit the ground running because I know exactly where they need to be. There seems to be some exciting writers amidst my new class and I’m super excited to watch them grow throughout the year.

Behaviour was really good as well 🙂 I was super happy because behaviour has been exceptionally challenging this year for me. There was only one pickle in the class and I think if I stamp down on his behaviour straight away in September then I’ll have a delightful class.

They seem to be super excited about everything I’ve got planned. It’s lovely to have that genuine excitement back! I will still be sad to see my current class go, no matter how challenging they are. I’ve grown fond of them and I feel like they’ve taught me a lot this year, especially about behaviour management! I also really enjoy teaching older children. I love the banter you can have with them.

I guess there’s pros and cons to every year group but I promise to give it my all in September and see where my new class can take me!

Why I love reading David Walliams to my class (5 Reasons Why #1)

I like to spice up my blog content to keep things fresh so recently thought about doing a 5 reasons why post every now and then with a topic of my choice.

First up are reasons why I love reading David Walliams to my class. My current class (20 week days left with them… 😦 ) are between 7-9 years old.

This school year we have read:

  1. They make them laugh out loud. David Walliams is funny.
  2. His stories (particularly The World’s Worst Children) have inspired some fantastic writing (and drawing!)
  3. The children genuinely enjoy his writing.
  4. It’s a logical step up from Roald Dahl. Walliams writes in a similar style.
  5. Lots of his stories have heart. Quite often they carry with them a lovely message. When we read Gangsta Granny recently it particularly touched one child who had gone through a similar thing (no spoilers) with her grandparent. The story brought tears to her eyes!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- I’m on the move again!

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!

I returned to school this week after a week long break. It’s coming up to that time of year, that most people think teachers will enjoy. However, a lot of teachers don’t! For me, it’s full of packing in parts of the curriculum that you haven’t covered yet, it’s full of assessment, the children are getting rattier with each other having spent nearly a year together. They’re ready to go up a year and think they’ve outgrown their class! Ha. That said, the children have been delightful this week. They’ve worked exceptionally hard and I’m pleased with them. I wonder if they can keep it up?

It feels like I’ve been back for ages as I’ve had so much going on this week. I’ve been formally observed (every teacher is twice a year) and I’ve went to another school for writing moderation. My lesson observation went really well which I wasn’t expecting at all. It’s given me a confidence boost.

I have been told that I will be moving down a year group next year. Back to Year 2. At first, I had my reservations. I really enjoy junior teaching. I’m trying to see the positives though. I’ll be returning to my first ever classroom with what looks like a great bunch of children. Having completed a year in Year 2 before, I know exactly what the expectations are. I feel like I can hit the ground running! I’ve also been told that it’s not forever and I could return to juniors at some point. I guess I’m in the unique position of being able to teach Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and enjoy both of the age groups. I should be happy with that! So many people have a preferred age range, but mine is Year 2-3 so it does cross the Key Stage boundaries. We’ll see how it goes. I’ll be meeting my next class (my third class!) in 4 weeks!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- A crazy, busy 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 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 super busy, but flown by at the same time. I don’t know how I packed every single thing that I did! It’s been non-stop!

The children managed to write a story and complete a unit of fractions work. How they did that is beyond me! 😀 I felt like I buzzed through everything at super speed. I do wonder if they actually picked up some quality teaching but time will tell. The reason why we raced through was because we had a school trip at the end of the week. School trips can be super stressful. I know I’m always responsible for the children, but taking them out of school and not in that contained environment can be a little worrying. However, as always, I need not have worried because they were superstars. They always behave impeccably outside of school, leaving me wondering why they can’t behave that well at school. I guess I’d prefer them to behave well when we’re in the public eye!

Next week, seems to be as full on but in many different ways. We have a woodwork project and some outdoor activities all week. I’m going to be even more tired than I already am! I didn’t know that was possible!