Slow down, it’s amazing what you notice.

The last few weeks have been busy.

We send out our Annual Report to Parents towards the end of the spring term. We do this for two reasons: the reports contain targets for improvement, and are of more use now than they would be at the end of the summer term; and we found that everyone is so tired by the end of the summer term that report writing becomes even more challenging.

Our teachers have worked so hard to craft individual reports that give parents a real insight into their children’s achievements, progress and attitudes to learning. They have spent hours and hours, and I am always so impressed by their efforts.

My role is to read every report and make a short comment. This is time consuming – although nowhere near as much as the time spent writing the whole report – and squashed into a short time period. Over the last two weekends I have read and commented on 350 reports. Every spare minute has been used to do this, and it’s really easy to get a bit overwhelmed with such an important task.

One of the #teacher5aday strategies for improving wellbeing is to notice, so I decided that I would consciously look out for some positive things that are happening around our school. Here are a few of them.

IMG_0521We got to play on the grass! It always gets the children so excited when the ground dries out enough to get on the field, and we are happy to put up with the muddy
clothes that result
from this enthusiasm.

Year 4 are practising for their Production, and their singing is amazing. It is wonderful to hear children singing the songs to themselves as they walk around the school.

Year 6 are engrossed in their history, learning about the 1950s and 60s. They are extremely interested and are amazed by how much the world has changed, and how different their lives are to those of their parents and grandparents.

Year 5 are learning about characterisation. They started by describing mIMG_0515e – grey, no fashion sense, old, but also kind and nice to them. I can put up with that.

A group of Year 3 boys are absolutely fascinated by birds, and had their birdwatching book with them at lunchtime to identify any new ones that flew past. They somehow seem have seen virtually every bird in the book.

Year 4 have been making paper, and bounced into the workshops. It was messy and brilliant.

Film Club are enjoying Mary Poppins (they are following Disney films through the decades). The appeal of these films has surprised me – one of our Year 5 boys described Snow White as ‘the best film I have ever seen’.

The positivity and can-do attitude of the amazing staff that work here. I am constantly impressed by their resilience and care for our children, and how far they are prepared to go to meet their needs.

It’s so important to take a step back and reflect. When we are at our most busy it is easy as teachers to forget what an amazing, privileged position we are in.



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