Today was one of those days that remind me how much I love my job. I wasn’t looking forward to an early start after two weeks of Easter holidays, but the smiles and laughter as the children piled into my classroom this morning more than made up for it.
I was greeted with hugs and cries of “I missed you”, and the children’s excitement at seeing the new layout of our classroom and finding where they were to sit was infectious.
We started the morning with a whole class guided reading session and, because the IWB was moved during the holiday, all the children could see the electronic version of ‘The Iron Man’ on the screen. It’s the small things like that that make all the difference!
We then had a morning of English. We are going to write adventure stories this half term and, to help me plan next steps for each child, I thought I’d throw them in at the deep-end and ask them to write a story at the beginning of the unit. The children watched the introduction to ‘Jamie and the magic torch’; drew pictures of the imaginary land they thought Jamie might visit; used a planning frame and then launched themselves into their stories. I may have a huge pile of marking to plough through tonight as a result, but the fact that every child has made such evident progress in their writing makes the task worth it.
After lunch we examined plants using magnifying glasses; looked at roots; ate carrots and radishes; re-potted pot-bound plants and “planted” carrot tops in saucers of water to watch over the coming weeks. Huge progress in learning behaviours was evident: my class have become responsible, willing, engaged and conscientious pupils who are a pleasure to teach.
We had a few minutes of outside golden time to reward the fantastic learning behaviours shown all day before I showed the children their first ever blogging challenge. I’m not sure who was more excited: them or me!
We finished off the day by starting our new whole-class story, ‘The Jungle Book’. The children sat enraptured as the story transported them to a world of man-cubs and fearsome tigers and there were many cries of, “Awwww” when it was time to get ready for home.
Finally, happy parents greeted me and the smiling children at the door. I had several positive comments and a group of children who ran back to give me a goodbye hug before leaving the playground.
What a lovely start to a new term! And, even better, I get to do it all again tomorrow.