Posts Tagged ‘School’

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!

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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

Mr Picasso Head

Found this resource that could be wonderful for cross-curriculum work of ICT and Art. Check it out online and see my first example on my new 1 Photo a day page!

APP in your school

We have a focus at SCITT on ‘Assessment for Learning’ and as part of this we are taking a close look at APP. We have organised a week in a local primary school to focus on APP within numeracy and with a small group of children. How does your school manage APP? Has the strategy been in place for some time or are you an early adopter? Would be good to hear your stories.