Christmas Holiday Countdown

The Christmas tree is up, tinsel has taken over reception and the “But it’s almost Christmas!” complaints have started from the kids. The Christmas break is well and truly almost here and I could not be more ready for it. It’s been a whirlwind of a term and although it has been busy, as all…

A (school) day in the life

One of the things that I love most about teaching is that no two days are the same. Of course every day comes with different classes, duties, meetings and responsibilities, but when you throw in the complete unpredictability of children, it makes for an interesting surprise. Each day we arrive at school, we never know…

Baptism by fire

The first week back to school has quite literally been a ‘baptism by fire’, thanks to the Year 7 boy who managed to set fire to the rubber tubing of his Bunsen Burner in my lesson period 6 on Friday. It was only a small fire, but as you can imagine this caused much hysteria…

Eat, sleep, chill, repeat

Ahh, the summer holidays. The highlight of the school year! As I, like many others, will not be going abroad this summer, I have tried to plan as many day trips and activities to fill my days as I can, to maximise the time off. But although I do love to stay busy during the…

On cloud nine

“Miss, why do you keep walking around? What are you doing?” This was what I was asked yesterday and it was a good question, as for the past five to ten minutes I had been peering into the meeting room down the corridor, walking upstairs, coming back down, sat on the steps and then repeating…

Teaching in the age of Miss Rona

The buzzword which I am often hearing people use to describe these strange times is “unprecedented”. I certainly felt that no word was more fitting than this to describe the start of my day on Wednesday when I was back in school. As per the new school day schedule, each day kicks off at 9am…

4 weeks in

It has now been four (term-time) weeks since the schools closed. This week, I took some time to reflect on how I would have managed if I had been forced into a world of online learning while I was a student at school myself.  Unsurprisingly for anyone who knows me, I know that I would…