A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- A refreshing 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 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 very exciting and refreshing! It’s certainly not been refreshing weather though… Teaching in a heat wave is a STRUGGLE. I’m hoping that classrooms in warmer climates have air conditioning because 30 bodies in a small-ish space create even more heat. Cue moaning children that don’t know when to sit in the shade and stop running around. Cue arguments because they’re hot and sticky. Cue them trying to hug you because they’re tired and grouchy… hugs when they’re dripping in sweat… ick! So please do a little rain dance for me!

I’m feeling refreshed because I’ve now met my new class. I’m going to be teaching mixed Year 3/4. I have 15 Year 3 and 16 Year 4 children. I was nervous about my morning with them on Friday, as I had heard some were rather challenging. However, they were delightful. I know this can be the case in the first morning together, they want to impress you and want you to like them. They’re yet to show their ‘true’ colours. We’re definitely in the honeymoon period at the moment. However, I see a lot of potential with them.

I’m also super happy to be back in my preferred age range to teach. We had so much fun together. I’m looking forward to our morning together next week. We’re going to pick our first class book in a very exciting way. I’m also going to complete some Science experiments with them and possibly squeeze in some Maths!

As for my lovely current class, some are feeling quite sad to not be with me next year…some are feeling very happy to be with me. I know they’ll be fine come September. 🙂 They get so attached. This time next year they’ll be sad to leave their teacher again. We’ve got lots of fun things planned and I’m looking forward to them. 10 more working days until summer!

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A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Bookworm heaven!

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 flown by. I can’t believe how quickly time is going. I only have 15 working days left with this class and 2 mornings of those will be spent with my new class. I can’t believe I’m about to finish my third year of teaching. Time sure flies by when you’re teaching! It’s such a busy, consuming job. But so worth it!

I’ve had a really mixed week with lots going on. We only spent the first 3 days on our usual curriculum subjects. Then we had 2 Design and Technology days where the children had to sew. Sewing is NOT my thing, but it went surprisingly well. Some of these 6-7 year olds can sew better than I can. The annoying thing was the amount of needles I had to thread throughout the day! They did impress me though and every child made a wonderful puppet.

I also had the opportunity to visit the school library services. Pretty dreamy for a bookworm like me. We spent nearly 2 hours browsing through the books that we could take back to school. We ended up taking over 100 books. I promise that wasn’t me just piling on book after book. 😉

Next week brings parent meetings, talent show auditions and transition day. This time next week I would have spent a morning with my new class! Can’t wait!

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!)

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!