Observation’s… the joys. Being my final one of my NQT year, I decided to try something new and exciting to get an even better personal grade but more importantly to ensure that every child was engaged in their learning.

At QV, we are fortunate to have fantastic ICT facilities. Using the White room (room with a projector in) I wanted the children to write independent diary entries to commemorate WW1, as they have previously done a lot of work on this and I wanted to see if they could write in the correct style.

The White room helps bring situations to life. In the background I had WW1 sounds; guns, bombs, shouting. Being projected onto the wall, I had a video of the trenches, there was a bunker in the corner of the room and at the end of the video I created a morfo which helps bring a picture to life and creates a character. I used this to help explain the children’s task which gives purpose to the lesson. Amongst all of that, on the walls, there were different features of writing that they needed to include as well as language; all of this was created in the lesson prior to their writing, taken from our working wall. Surprisingly, from everything I included, alongside a fantastic TA who decorated most of the room, this did not take long to set up. I have learnt from this lesson that this lesson shouldn’t be just a one off but it can be incorporated into daily teaching.

From this lesson I found that every child was engaged and the level of work was fantastic. Having struggled throughout my NQT year to ensure progression was being made in Writing, this lesson proved that I can do it and proved to the children that they can too.


Hi everyone, I’m Dan, currently a Year 4 class teacher. Here is a bit about me and my journey into teaching:

During my education, teaching was not something that I thought I wanted to do. I had the whole phase of wanting to be a professional sportsman, which stemmed from my passion for Ice Hockey. I followed my sporting ways and decided to study Sports Science and Management at Nottingham Trent University; this was a fantastic degree which I thoroughly enjoyed but realised in my third year, whilst doing my dissertation, it was not a career I wanted to pursue.

After I left University, I didn’t have a career path that I wanted to follow. I felt lost and stuck in a boring part time job. Fortunately my mum works as a business manager in a school and I decided to do some volunteer work their. I was inspired by the teachers I supported, the way they interacted with children. I found my enjoyment. My vision. My drive. I found my career. I was determined to leave my old, boring job and become a teacher.

Once I was accepted onto a PGCE course I initially thought, this was it, this was not the case. Hard work and dedication got me through my PGCE and I thankfully got a job at QV Primary School teaching Year 4. This was it. All the hard work I put in, I finally got a job, because for many, including myself, not getting a job was a major worry.

I absolutely love my job and I am very passionate about it. I love being able to work with other teachers, HLTA’s, TA’s, experienced or not and develop my own practise to help me become the best, inspirational teacher I can be. My vision is not to be a teacher who bores children, like myself when I was at school, but to be one that excites children into their learning a develop independence.

Through this blog I will be reflecting on my teaching and sharing my practices.