Trials of a Trainee Teacher- Week 3: Teaching week 😱

So this week (w/b 8/10/18) was the week where I was teaching for the first time and I was incredibly nervous. However, the week went surprisingly well and my mentor agrees with me so I’m not just thinking positive thoughts for nothing!

The first session I taught was on verbs and it went well-ish. I was a little too quick in my delivery meaning some of the children were left confused but they were still engaged and got on with the task!

The second session was Forest School which I absolutely loved doing, again it was engaging but it was also very daunting as I was teaching the entire year group (53 6-7 year olds!). It looked at natural and man made materials and I really shouldn’t have enjoyed littering the Forest School area as much as I did.

But again, it went surprisingly well, the children listened to me, which shows my confidence and behaviour management skills are getting better!

I’m starting to believe in myself as a teacher now (:

I can’t wait to teach another lesson now!


Book Review: The Journey by Annelie Wendeberg. (Anna Kronberg #3)

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Read between: 22nd September- 2nd October.
Previously read in the same series: The Devil’s Grin, The Fall
Format: ebook
Published: 27th April 2015
Publisher: Amazon Digital
Synopsis: What would you do if your darkest nightmare came true?

For Anna Kronberg, time is running out. Hunted by an assassin, she has to find the true motivation behind her dead husband’s plan to create weapons for germ warfare. Bit by bit, she and Sherlock Holmes unravel a web of crime, espionage, and bioterrorism that spreads across continents.
But all too soon, Anna realises that she can’t outrun the brutal and cunning man who follows their every step.

For fans of Caleb Carr, Louise Penny, and Anne Perry

Rating: 5521e-4stars

Review: When we left Anna, she had found out she was pregnant with the child of Professor James Moriarty- who she murdered after a turbulent relationship, because of that, she’s now on the run from Colonel Moran, his right hand man, but with Sherlock Holmes as her protector, she is safe. Safe, until the day her child is born. Will that be her chance to be free?

Obviously it’s not that simple.

I really liked how Holmes was written- although he wasn’t technically solving a case, as he’s looking after a female friend/ex lover (Anna), he still had that stalwart, upright personality and extraordinary brain.

Anna is a very worthy companion for Holmes, as she matches him in intelligence. It shows especially in this book, where she spends more of the story as a woman- not parading as the male Dr Anton Kronberg. That would be a little difficult when she startes showing signs of pregnancy.

It was also good to re-visit characters from the previous books in the series. It was nice to have some consistency.

I did enjoy the story, it was very fast paced and I just wanted to know what was going to happen! After all, Moran is not a man to be messed with.

There were moments that made me stop and think, some were funny, and some were a little hard-hitting but they were right for the time period.

Overall, it’s a good story. It’s a very creative take on a Sherlock Holmes story, because he’s only a side character! This is Anna’s story and I can’t wait to pick up the next installment! I’m really interested in seeing where her life is going to go.

4/5 stars!

I’d definitely recommend it.

I love these stories- and obviously, having Holmes there is an added bonus 😉

Thanks for reading!

Trials of a Trainee Teacher- Week 2!

I was supposed to post this yesterday but I forgot, oops!

Week 2 was much more a teaching week. I not only managed to complete the two tasks that I needed for my essay, I was also able to gain more of a professional role by beginning to take the register in the mornings. At first it was a little difficult as I was scared to be more authoritative but I managed to gain more confidence in that area and I’m hoping to continue improving on my behaviour management skills next week. An example of this is where I followed the teachers clapping technique and the children responded. I should remember that I am the teacher and to not be worried about showing it! I also conducted a mini-teach in Maths, when they were dealing with number bonds to 10 and 100, it went well! There were moments I could have improved on, again, behaviour management, and also questioning, but I can definitely see a similarity in the finished work- I’m not sure if this was because of my teaching or if it was because the class activity allowed them to produce similar work. My relationship with the class is still growing, but my challenge for the last week was to learn the children’s names, which I have! I definitely think this helps in forming a relationship with the children in the class. I also attended a Staff Meeting this week, which provided me with an insight of some of the discussions that arrive throughout the term. I wasn’t sure if I should have gone, but I am glad that I did. It was interesting to see how many of the staff attend and what themes arose throughout the meeting. I’m looking forward to next week, as I’m taking charge of a lot more in the classroom- I hope each little step I am making, will raise my confidence bar up to the next level.

Next week (this week beginning 8/10/18) I am doing the class input in Literacy on verbs, and running the Forest school on Thursday!

I’m very excited as things definitely seem to be moving forward!


September Wrap-Up!

September has been an extremely busy month for me, so I only managed to read three books- I finished in September, one was for my university course and one wasn’t! So without further ado- here are the books I read in September!

The first book I finished was Harry Potter: A History of Magic by The British Library that went alongside the exhibition, I gave this book 5/5 stars because not only did it bring back memories of the time I visited the exhibition but it’s also Harry Potter so….

I haven’t reviewed it.

The next book, which took me the longest time to read, is The King’s Mistress by Emma Campion that focuses on the life of Alice Perrers, mistress to King Edward III. It was quite heavy with long slow moving chapters, but I enjoyed it. I gave it 3/5 stars and my review is here: Book Review: The King’s Mistress by Emma Campion

The final book I read was Millie Morgan, Pirate by Margaret Ryan. It was funny, and very short! I liked it and I’m glad to add it to a list of children’s books I have to read for my university course.

What did everyone else read in September?

Thanks for reading!


Trials of a Trainee Teacher- Placement has started!

So at the moment I only have placement four days a week and then I’m in university on Tuesdays. However, my first week of placement is over!

And I’ve enjoyed it!

This week has mostly been getting to know the class and learning their names because I have to choose three profile children so it would be good to know their names!

So I’ve mainly been assisting, but I’ve also read aloud to the class a couple of times which is really helpful to build my relationship with the children.

Next week is the big week- I start teaching!

I’m going to be doing a small group teach on my own but a whole class teach alongside the class teacher- not quite ready for independence just yet!

There’s going to be lots of tasks I need to undertake for uni alongside the teaching responsibilities but I’m sure I’ll be able to manage the balance!

Bring on next week! 😀

Book Review: The King’s Mistress by Emma Campion

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Read between: 2nd-22nd September
Format: Paperback
Number of pages: 541
Published: 4 March 2010
Publisher: Arrow Books
Synopsis: When had I choice to be other than I was? From childhood Alice Salisbury has learnt obedience in all things and at fourteen, dutifully marries the man her father has chosen for her – at the cost of losing the love of her mother forever and the family she holds dear.

But merchant Janyn Perrers is a good and loving husband and Alice soon learns to enjoy her marriage. Until a messenger brings news of his disappearance and she discovers that her husband had many secrets, secrets he didn’t want her to know – but which have now put a price on her own head and that of her beloved daughter. Brought under the protection of King Edward III and Queen Philippa, she must dutifully embrace her fate once more – as a virtual prisoner at Court.

And when the king singles her out for more than just royal patronage, she knows she has little choice but to accept his advances. But obeying the king brings with it many burdens as well as pleasures, as she forfeits her good name to keep her daughter free from hurt.

Still a young woman and guided by her intellect and good business sense, she learns to use her gifts as wisely as she can. But as one of the king’s favourites, she brings jealousy and hatred in her wake and some will stop at nothing to see her fall from grace.

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Review: This story is a fictional account of the life of Alice Perrers, the infamous favourite mistress of King Edward III of England. Most of the story is based on fact, but the author has exaggerated them to create a life for her- because there isn’t much history available about her.

There were moments when I found Alice’s voice to be really annoying, but then I had to remind myself that she is only a girl of 12 years old at the start of the book when her parents marry her off to a fabric merchant 20 years her senior.

I would not have wanted to live at the time period Alice lived in- women were used for the pleasure of men and the wealth of their families.

Alice didn’t really get much of a say in how her life was run. However, I did feel the way she enticed the King was solely encouraged by him. She was seen as a sorceress who bewtitched him, but it actually read like he started it…..although a lot of it was for her own gain.

It was a good story, but the length of the chapters meant it was really hard to get through. That hasn’t put me off historical fiction though!

3/5 stars.

A good read about an interesting person. I’d recommend!

Thanks for reading!


Trials of a Trainee Teacher- Week 3

I’ve just finished my final full week of university, and on Monday I go into placement….which is actually really scary.

This week has been less of a focus on the core subjects, and more about the professional, and diverse side, however, on Monday, we had two guest lecturers in. One was David Carr, who runs the UK Children’s Parliament, and was promoting that we educate children about the government- it underpins British Values, which are very important in schools.

The second guest speaker was David Almond, author of Skellig, who spoke to us about being writers and it was really interested. There was also an opportunity for him to sign books so….I took it.

So it’s been an interesting week.

Bring on placement!