Posts Tagged ‘Primary’

Placement 3

I cannot believe it has been almost a month since I last posted on this blog. I apologise to my readers! I have been updating Twitter regularly, so you can always follow me on there @primarypgce.

So I have started my 3rd and final placement! Year 5 class of 29 and a fantastic class they are. I have been made to feel very welcome and of course, very busy. Lectures finished before half term, so that signalled the end of the Somerset SCITT module learning and it is down to the last 6 weeks of placement before I am awarded my PGCE and NQT status. The time has flown by since September and a lot of learning has taken place. So for all those people who are about to embark on the PGCE next term, I wish you luck because it is great fun but also extremely exhausting. I will post again very soon about job updates, lesson ideas and the final countdown!

P.S. I had forgotten how fun Sports Day in school used to be. Had it this week and I was made to do the obstacle course, in front of all the parents, as an initiation test! What a laugh!

Advertisements

MFL – Essential for being a good citizen!

‘In the knowledge society of the 21st century, language competence and intercultural understanding are not optional extras, they are an essential part of being a citizen.’
Languages for All: Languages for Life – A Strategy for England 2002

Modern Foreign Languages and the new Primary Curriculum 2011.

The new curriculum will be statutory from September 2011 for all age groups with exception of the new languages element, the right for all primary children aged 7 upwards to learn a foreign language, which will be phased in over four years starting in Year 3.

I want to know if your school already covers MFL and to what level? If your school has not yet introduced MFL, how does it hope to go about it? Using NQT’s or training current staff? Continue reading

Easter already… time flies.

Well it is already half way through the term break and Easter has passed me by. The end of my last placement was so busy with lessons and completing my file ready for tutorials that I didn’t get chance to update this blog unfortunately. I apologise. I do try to add updates via Twitter though so please follow me on Twitter @primaryPGCE .
Well there is only 1 more term left and I am now starting to submit job applications in the Somerset area. It is a very competitive area of the country with 170 applicants for a Year 5 teacher just last week. Wish me luck!
So finally in this post, I am writing an essay about the importance of studying the Global DImension in schools and how it can be embraced in a new creative curriculum. What are your thoughts? Do you have a strong following of the Global Dimension in your school already?

An exhausting experience!

Who ever said that working in schools was going to be easy? Placement 2 has been hard work and it has taken its toll on my health as I managed to catch a virus and be knocked out for 5 days. A whole week is a long time to miss out on but I have still managed to clock up the hours and pass my assessment. I have found Year 1 a challenge but it is one that I was have embraced more and more each week!

I am also busy now completing all the job applications I can for the local area and so far it is a dead end. The thing to remember is: Keep positive, keep going and don’t take no for an answer!

Ist week of Year 1 class.

It has been an exciting first week at my new school with a Year 1 class. This is my first experience with any Key Stage 1 group so I was very apprehensive, however after a few days of settling in, teaching my first lesson on the Wednesday and then taking the full day on Thursday it really allowed me to dig in and start learning new strategies. There are some challenging behaviour management skills to learn and also at what level to pitch my lessons at but this is all part of the learning process and I feel there is no better way than to really get in and try it. On Friday I was the class clown (for Book Week) and spent some time after our literacy lesson juggling on the playground with rings, battons and plate spinning! Oh what fun it is being a teacher!

A week of Numeracy

This first week back in class since the half term break has seen all of us (SCITT students) working closely with 3 children each. We have been lucky enough to be invited into a local school to help with some of their Year 3 children that have missed out on some of the basic numeracy skills:
Number Bonds to 10 and 20,
Placement Value,
Number Lines.

I will post up a written report here soon but one of the biggest learning outcomes for myself was that it is such a difficult job for teacers to focus on a large class of 30 children and ensure they all ahve the basic skills. If these basic skills are missed then it will affect their learning for the rest of their school lives. It is essential to help these children and bridge those gaps!

More to come soon…

EAL in the classroom

Today we had an excellent lecture from the Somerset education department for EAL (English as an Additional Language). It was interesting to hear about how we, as new teachers, can help any pupil with their learning of English when it is a 2nd language. The resources provided from EMAS are fantastic to! Do you have experience from training with EAL? What is being done on your school?

Here is a tip for resources in EAL – http://www.mantralingua.com