My new job!

I haven’t written anything for a while but meeting my new class this week I feel deserves a post! I met a very talented bunch of children who I cannot wait to work with! They have shown huge enthusiasm for their learning and this is something that impressed me throughout the morning.

During the transition day, I also found out that I am going to be the P.E co-ordinator for the school. Something that I have wanted to do for a while now. I have a passion for sport due to my background playing Ice Hockey and this is something I feel I can offer to the role. I am so pleased I have been given this opportunity to be in charge of P.E. This will aid my own professional development and help me progress to the next stage in my career.

My new school has a long line of success in sport. Cross country champions and Year 5 and 6 football county champions to name a few, so I do feel a lot of pressure to succeed in this role. However, it won’t be me that succeeds, it will be children and they haven’t changed. I just need to facilitate their success. Everything will be fine as long as the children have a platform to showcase their talents. This is an aim of mine for my new role.

A new adventure will soon be upon me and I can’t wait to get started!

Challenging the Gifted and Talented:

Because I am a Year 4 teacher, I have some very talented writers that have a lot of potential, but need that focus and extension to ensure they make more progress.

After sitting down with a fellow colleague of mine, who teachers Year 6, I came across ISPACED. ISPACED is used predominately for sentence openers to help make children’s writing more exciting and interest the reader.

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S – Similes

P – Prepositions

A – Adverbs

C – Conjunctions/Connectives

E – Ed openers

D – Drop In (Embedded clause)

I have also created individual bookmarks as reminders for children to use when they write. They can use it as a reference or a checklist to ensure they have written their best piece of writing. It also gives them the opportunity to up level their work and edit it.

I wouldn’t suggest using all of ISPACED with children who find writing a challenge, as it may confuse them, however, there are elements of it you can use to help push their progress, such as: adverbs, prepositions and conjunctions. These really improve children’s  writing.