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!)

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A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- A long but happy 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!

This week I returned to school after a week’s break. Well, I say a week’s break but I spent the week writing reports for my class that are out later in March. Why did I spend my week off doing it? It’s totally because I get really tired/stressed during term time so adding reports to the mix does nothing for my work-life balance. I like to have my evenings and one day of the weekend completely free. I’ve got really good at ensuring I have that time for me.

I feel like this week has gone on forever. I seriously can’t believe I’ve only been back for a week. It definitely feels like at least three weeks! It’s been a busy one with meetings a plenty and the clubs that I run. I had such a high turn out for interest in my school paper. I was very overwhelmed, but it should be a lot of fun. Hopefully that’ll properly launch this week. Exciting times!

It completely slipped my mind that I had an observation this week. I remember now that I agreed on the last week of half term to be observed on the first week back. As I was so busy, I completely forgot about my observation until the head of Maths checked it was still okay the day before. My observation went really well (I think!) and I’m wondering if it’s because I didn’t have the chance to stress about it before the big day. Hopefully I’ll get some feedback at some point this coming week!

I’m feeling positive about this half term! Long may it continue.

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- A wonderful welcome back!

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 for 2 days! It might seem pointless to go back for 2 days, but I felt like it was a nice, gentle way back into school life after 3 weeks off. Yes, 3 weeks! Unfortunately, I was poorly for the last week of school which meant I couldn’t teach/go to work. I was in hospital for a few days and then needed to recover. I’ve still got to scans to wait for, but I don’t think it’s anything major. I hate not being with my class, so I was very frustrated at being poorly. Oh well, it’s not something I could help.

The children were extra clingy these past two days. I think they missed me! They worked really hard for me which was adorable! I wasn’t expecting them to be so ready for learning during the first two days back. There’s a lot to look forward to for this term. I’m super excited that it’s not as long as the previous two half terms. I’m hoping the weather improves too, so I can get outside with my class. I love some outdoor learning!

I’m aiming to work really hard on being good to myself this half term. I’m making myself drink more water, making myself leave early at least 3 times a week and ensuring I don’t spend too much time outside of school working on school things. Teaching is a consuming job. It takes over your life and I’m working hard to find the balance for some ‘me’ time. Having only worked for one hour this weekend, I’m pleased with myself.

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- The Struggles With Poetry

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 long one! It was the first one back after a week’s break. I had quite a lot going on including meetings and an observation from the local authority. The observation, even though it was stressful, went really well. I was surprised! I had some very positive feedback.

My class have been working on poetry unit and will be for the next 2 weeks. They were absolutely loving it until they got to writing their own poem later in the week. Even though we had planned it they were completely flummoxed. I’m going to spend some time today looking into how I can support them better. Poetry is one of my least favourite things to teach. It’s so hard for young children!

I have an exciting week coming up though. One of my favourite experiments to do in Science Club is Coke and Mentos and that one’s coming up! They get so incredibly excited about the explosions! I’m hoping they continue to love Maths as much as they do. Fingers are firmly crossed that they get to Friday and write a poem without freaking out!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Wonderful story writing from my little munchkins!

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 jam packed full! I have had parent interview meetings, a harvest festival at the church and a week of story writing. It’s been so rewarding though.

A few weeks back, I mentioned how my school had decided to use books to drive a topic (my idea of heaven!). I was very excited about our wordless picture book Journey. This week the children wrote their stories based on the book. I knew they were enjoying the lessons, but my goodness did we get results! I really liked how we got them excited about the book, then taught them about noun phrases using the text. They then actually applied them in their stories. We’ve taught them grammar before but then they didn’t use it in context. So for them to actually apply what they had learnt was pretty impressive. My heart was singing!

I was so proud of every child’s effort. That wasn’t a bad story amongst the 29 stories in the class. I am so excited to use books again going forward. It makes this bookworm/teacher’s heart very happy.

We have one more week before a week’s break. I’m looking forward to resting and recharging ready for some more fun next half term!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School- Time for a recharge

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 our last week at school and it was an emotional one. 😦 I have had such a rollercoaster with this class. They were hard work in the beginning, they got better, they got worse and then they got better again. However, I feel like I’ve learned the most from this class. Especially about behaviour management. I’m moving back to Key Stage 1 (to be specific Year 2 6-7 years old) and I will miss having older children. I love the banter with the older ones and I also enjoy the curriculum more. I think it’s meatier.

We have had fun this week. I made sure of that. We’ve watched a DVD, played in the forest, had some free time to colour, had a water fight and a music concert. It’s been lovely to just be with my class and spend our last week together.

I received so many lovely gifts from my class. I was inundated with plants, flowers, candles, pampering items, pens, notebooks, mugs and glasses. I have some really thoughtful gifts, like my favourite Roald Dahl quote on a frame and a photograph of my favourite country on canvas. Although gifts are so thoughtful and I’m incredibly grateful what really means the most are the lovely messages from parents, thanking me for the input I’ve had in their child’s education.

This feature will now not return until September! It’s time to get my new classroom ready and have a break from school. Yay for more reading time I say!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Feeling run down and ready for a break!

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 bit of a funny one for me. I’ve come down with a cold! Teaching when you’re not feeling your best is hard! However, my class have been really well behaved this week which is a bonus. I’m fully expecting them to not be at their best this coming week as it’s the last 5 days of term. They know that a 6 week break is on its way and they’re going to be hyper. I’m pretty sure that my week will feel like crowd control rather than teaching.

I know I’m ready for a break. I’m tired and incredibly run down. I know that I have a lot of work to do over the summer holidays (organising my new classroom too!) but I’m going to be able to sleep in if I want to and read as much as I can. I’m really looking forward to that!

In the upcoming week, I hope to finish our current class book. We’ve got more swimming lessons, a water fight, a music concert and hopefully they’ll earn an end of term treat! It should be a fun but busy one!