Thursday, 21 August 2014

When we do things in the UK


I'm linking up with Blog Hoppin' for teacher week to share when I do things in my classroom!

I'll start with a quick overview of the school year here in the UK for anyone who is interested!

We start the school year in early September and break up late July each year. Here is a look at the 2014-2015 school year:

3 terms each broken up with one week holidays (half term). At the end of Autumn we get 2 weeks for Christmas, at the end of Spring we get 2 weeks for Easter and at the end of Summer we get 6 weeks for Summer.

That's 13 weeks holiday and 39 teaching weeks in a year!

There is a new curriculum for the 2014 school year but our timetables are pretty much staying the same.  Here is my weekly timetable for this coming year:

You can see we teach phonics, literacy and maths every morning when the kids are at their best and all the foundation (other) subjects in the afternoons. The mornings are hectic, squeezing everything in, but I love how they fly by and before I know it, it's lunch time!

That is just an overview of the week. Every single one of those lessons above (except phonics) is planned in detail on this template:

We use the same planning format across the school to ensure consistency. This is what I have been filling my days with this summer due to the new curriculum that is being introduced in September.

I'll come back tomorrow which my yearly overview so you can see what topics I will teaching next year!

If you've outlined your school year in your post - let me know! I'm fascinated by how schools run in other countries! If you have any questions about how we do things here in the UK - just ask!

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  1. Your day is so similar to how mine ran last year in Year 1, now I'm in Reception it's a lot more learning through play and planning for adult directed activities!

    I mentioned the other day on another teaching blog how it was crazy they did their maths and literacy in the afternoons - I don't know any school in the UK that does that, but obviously it's working in the US!

    They also don't seem to have set 'phonics' time like we do, would be interesting to see how that's taught?


  2. It was interesting to learn about how your school year is structured and the different term breaks that you have. Nice to meet you on the blog hop!