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!

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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.

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- The show is almost here!

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!

It’s all go in these parts this week and for the coming two weeks as well. I am going to be crawling to the finish line. Just 10 more working days and then I’m off for two weeks! Yippee! I plan to read lots and not spend most of my holiday working…

We’re coming up to our year group’s school production which I’m equal parts excited/nervous for. I’m nervous for the children who have worked incredibly hard. I’m also excited for them to show their loved ones just how hard they’ve worked. There are a couple of children who  sing solos and it makes my heart almost burst with pride! ❤

I have to say, I’m looking forward to getting back to some sort of normal though. Our usual school routine has gone out of the window meaning their behaviour has been a little erratic! I would say roll on the next week but I’ve got 3 parent-teacher evenings! Argh!

Crawling to the finish line…

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- It’s not just the weekdays…

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 feel like this year I’ve got a much better work-life balance than I did in my first year of teaching. I don’t tend to work in the evenings and I don’t take books home to mark in the evenings. I tend to stay at school longer or get in earlier so I’m not taking 62 books home a night to mark. YAY me! This means that I actually don’t have to do anything on an evening and my evenings are mine to do as I please. This is MUCH better than last year where I worked constantly…

However, on some weekends I have to take Big Writes home to mark over the weekend. Big Writes are pieces of writing that children do independently. On Friday, my class completed another Big Write so I was busy marking that for a proportion of my Saturday. I have learnt to balance out my Saturday so that it’s a mix of marking/planning but also reading and relaxing. It’s so important to find that balance and I feel I’m definitely getting better at it.

I think sometimes people that don’t work in education don’t realise how much more goes into the job than you might think. I’m in school by 7:15am and don’t tend to leave until 5:30pm (with some work at the weekend) It’s not a 9-5 job. Those holidays we have? Well, usually they consist of marking, assessment, planning etc. I spent over half of my summer holidays (6 weeks) in school getting it ready for my current class.

So, I beg you, if you know a teacher or you’re about to moan about how much time teachers have off, think again. It’s not an easy job but it sure is a worthwhile one.