First half term down!

Well hello there! We have reached half term holidays, how did that happen? 

Here we are then. I’m 1/6 of the way done with my SCITT. I am 1/6 closer to my dream. That is BONKERS. I’ve got a blog post coming in a few weeks about why I want to be a teacher and the suchlike. 

So how did week 7 go?

It was pretty good! 

My Y6s were on a residential so I ended up spending a day in Reception, and I have to say that it was a BRILLIANT day. I don’t know that I am an EYFS girl, but Wednesday definitely softened me to working in EYFS. I had spent Monday morning observing the phonics session to see how it worked when I was to teach on Wednesday. The children were practising blending CVC/VC (consonant vowel consonant/vowel consonant) words with the sounds they had already learnt, so I gave them all a label with a word on that they needed to be able to read, and then any time they were speaking to someone else they had to attempt to read their word too! The words they had for example were mad, sad, Sam, am, sat, at etc – the children so far know the sounds m, a, s, d and t. I had the words scattered around the room too. There was one in the snack corner, reading corner, at the door to go outside, and I challenged the children to read the word whilst they were in that area. The kids seemed to love it! The brilliant Reception TAs had some lovely feedback for me too, and then there was some lovely feedback from the teacher too when I saw her on Friday, commenting on how she thought it had a massive impact on their interest in reading words. 

What else did we get up to? There was a bit of maths too. The children had been learning to do 1 more and 1 less, and after speaking to the class teacher she wanted them to do more work on that as they were struggling a little, so we did some work on that using a number line and the children! It was brilliant to get the chance to do maths in such an contrasting class to Year 6, to see where the skills need to start! We also did some Talk4Writing with ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’, with the children doing their actions for the story (and they were brilliant) and then some children doing their story board

We had a very busy day! It was lovely to be in Reception. I left EXHAUSTED. 

What else happened this week?

  • I had a visit from my SCITT tutor too and we had quite an in depth conversation about expectations and how things were going on my course too. She’s lovely and I can tell she’s going to be super supportive! 
  • We had an ICT conference on Thursday, which was an interesting look at using ICT in the classroom with an abundance of ideas for Secondary schools, so I would love to delve deeper into ICT in the Primary classroom
  • On Tuesday we had KS2 writing moderation. Working with the other KS2 teachers, looking over the work they’ve done so far and seeing how the children are getting on. It’s great for my own knowledge of other classes as well as seeing other ideas! 

Looking back on this half term, it’s been VERY positive. There have been trying, testing days. There have been days I’ve cried. There’s been days that I just thought “WHY DID I THINK I COULD DO THIS?”, but these days happen to everyone so I’m going to end on a high note, with some of the positives from this half term:

  • My first formal observation going so well
  • Meeting my fellow SCITT students, and building such a brilliant bond and friendship with the other Primary SCITT students
  • Building relationships with the staff and the kids in Year 6 – we had a rocky time last year, but this year so far has been brilliant
  • Hearing lovely feedback from lots of different members of staff

I plan on working a lot in half term, but spending some time with the people I love most! Let’s have a brilliant half term in readiness for the next half term to come (Christmas is ALWAYS a killer!!)

S x

Desert Island Books: aimee_louise_l

Good morning! 
Today’s castaway on the island of doom is my lovely friend Aimee! If you’d like to follow her, you’ll find her @aimee_louise_l.

A quick reminder of the rules!

DIB rules

Thanks Steph for choosing me to be one of your castaways on a desert island. Anything to get me out of work and give me a break is welcomed with open arms.

Now as much as I love a good book series and trilogies, for the sake of my trip I’m going to choose standalone books because no one wants to be left on a clifhanger. It would drive me insane…
The six books that I would pack are:
* Sealed with a Kiss by Rachael Lucas
* The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
* Winter Magic curated by Abi Elphinstone
* The Night Circus by Erin Morgernstern
* A Million Lovely Letters by Jodi Ann Bickley
* His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman  (it totally counts as one book!!)

Coffee or tea? No thank you. An unlimited supply of hot chocolate please.
Also does pasta count as a snack? Because if not then I’ll settle for all of the original Pringles.

You’re making me create a playlist?!? Do you have any idea just how tough this is?? This is ridiculously difficult. There are soooooo many songs that I love. So so so many. Yet I think I would settle for this playlist because it’s not forever, right?
* Wonders by The Script
* Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol
* Castles by Scouting For Girls
* Use Somebody by Kings of Leon
* Not That Girl from the Wicked soundtrack
* Firestarter by The Prodigy
* Save Tonight by Eagle-Eye Cherry
* Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls
* Too Much To Ask by Niall Horan
* Learn To Fly by The Foo Fighters
* Snow (Hey Oh) by Red Hot Chili Peppers
* Handbags and Gladrags by Stereophonics
* Happy Hour by The Housemartins
* Message In A Bottle by The Police
* Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana

Noooooooooooooooo. Not The Desert Police *cries* How can I possibly choose just ONE song & ONE book?!?
Well if I had to rescue any song, it’d be Wonders by The Script to remind me to live life to the fullest through exploring, taking risks and doing things I love. Bookwise I’d save The Night Circus by Erin Morgernstern just because it has magic & risks. Thanks for helping me out with fire prep too 😉

I think I’ll stay here awhile, enjoy the peace & then plan my escape to see more of the world.

Thank you so much Aimee for being castaway, I hope your enjoy the peace on the island! It certainly sounds like you’re ready for a break! There are some incredible books and songs in your list! 

S x