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!

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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!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Another busy one!

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 another really busy one. As I’ve said before, just because it’s the last term of the year, doesn’t mean it slows down any. If anything, the pace picks up a little more as you realise you’re completely running out of time. This week was full of meetings galore. From pupil progress to staff meetings to parents coming in pretty annoyed… I was happy when it finally hit Friday. Even if I have 3 parents evenings to get through next week. Oh, and transition day. A morning with my new class.

I always feel really inspired (although tired) when I think of a new class. It’s starting afresh. I wish I was staying in the same year group, but alas, at least I’m going to a year group I’ve taught before. I just wish it wasn’t a year that had SATS. I have heard some really great things about the children I’m having from September. I’ve got some fab ideas and can’t wait to put them into place. I feel like I can hit the ground running with my new Year 2’s, because I know the expectations and know how to get them there. Having spent a year in 3/4 I also understand where they need to go next. I feel really prepared to get them ready!

Whilst I’m not looking forward to the next week, I’m crawling closer to the finish line! I’ll just keep in mind the reading I’m going to get done over summer!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- It’s not just week days!

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!

Wow! What a week. It’s been full of assessments, Sports Day and report writing. Remember I said that the fun times don’t happen so much in the summer term? Well… this week confirmed that. I’ve literally not stopped all week. There were tests galore in order to write the reports to go home next week. Phew. Luckily, behaviour is much better in my class these days so that’s something that I don’t have to contend with anymore.

This weekend has been packed with school related jobs. I had the Summer Fayre yesterday. I had to run a stall. I did have some parents come up to me and say they were sad that their child wasn’t going to be with me in September (they’re in another year group currently!) That was a real confidence boost for me. It’s lovely to hear.

Today, I’m mainly thinking about pupil progress meetings next week. I have a meeting with senior management and the rest of the teachers in my team. We go through each child in the year group and see if they have met the expected standard for their age group. There’s then discussion about why they have or haven’t met the standard that was expected of them. I find these meetings super stressful. Unfortunately, sometimes children come to your class rated higher than they actually are and it makes it look like they’ve made no or very little progress with me. I am spending today, trying to justify why they’ve not met the standards that they were ‘predicted’ to make. Ooh no, I’m not bitter at all..

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- The Great Outdoors!

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 lot of fun! I really like the summer term for the brighter weather and the chance to go outside more with my class. I’m a big fan of outside learning and we spent most of the week in our gorgeous outdoor grounds. I keep reminding my class how lucky they are to be in a school with such beautiful outdoor provision. We have a great forest area, which we used so much this week.

We mixed the children from 4-11 year-old, with the younger children being looked after by the older children. It was adorable. The children had a wide range of activities to choose from including visitors, outdoor cooking and bug hunting. The whole school was relaxed, calm and happy. It was lovely to see. I really enjoy that I’m part of a team that values outdoor learning. They may not have been doing your typical English and Maths, but I can assure you that they learnt a lot!

It’s now time for a week’s break. I say a week’s break, but I do have some work to do! I am looking forward to relaxing though and I’m not putting any pressure on myself to get loads of things done. It’s time to reunite with my books and really have some ‘me’ time.