A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Why am I repeating myself?

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 7-9 year olds. I have worked for two years with 6-7 years, 1 year with 7-9 and now I’m returning to my favourite age! 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 I’m at the end of my second week of school already. This time next week we’ll be halfway through the term. Craziness! I’ve had another lovely week with my class. There’s a few that are pushing the boundaries, but in the main part they’re wonderful. We’re really starting to get into a routine which is great. I have to say, so far, this class have been my only class where I’m not terrified when the head or head of lunchtime staff come up to me at the end of lunch time. All of my other classes had a child who was fond of misbehaving and I used to dread the end of lunch time. Long may it continue.

The issue I’m having with this class at the moment is them constantly ask what they’re doing after I’ve given instructions and repeated them at least 3 times. I always check if they’re all okay, before I send them off to work and they all nod. Yet 2 minutes later, I’m being called over to ask what it is they’re doing! Any teachers out there have any tips for me? I used to write a Steps To Success with my old 7-9 year old class and I’m wondering whether to bring that back again. I’m like a broken record most of the morning.

We don’t really have too much going on for the coming week, aside from the normal lessons jam packed into the day. My aim is to begin to teach them how to edit effectively, set their homework up and work on them listening more and hopefully reduce the amount of them asking ‘What is it we’re doing again?’

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A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Hello 4th Year Of Teaching!

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 7-9 year olds. I have worked for two years with 6-7 years, 1 year with 7-9 and now I’m returning to my favourite age! 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!

Can you believe it’s my 4th year of teaching? Shout out to those on this blog that ‘knew’ me before my teaching days! Thanks for sticking around those of you that put up with this personal post every Sunday during term time!

This week I returned to work. I’m back in Year 3/4 and I’m ever so happy about that. One of the learning support assistants asked me how it felt being back in juniors and I honestly told her it was like coming home. I really enjoy teaching 7-9 year olds. They’re a bit more independent, but still need you. They understand sarcasm, they get jokes. It’s just a lovely time. Don’t get me wrong, they can also seriously push the boundaries… but my 4th class? So far, so good.

We didn’t really get up to much this week. It was very much easing into the school routine once more, which was very much needed. I was absolutely exhausted by the end of each school day. I haven’t exactly been having lie ins during the 6 week break either. I did get them to do an assessed piece of independent writing at the end of the week. It told me exactly what they’ve remembered from back in July. I have some that have amazing potential and some that are going to take a bit of work…

They all seem very eager to please at the moment! Long may that continue! 🙂

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- 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!

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!