My First Week: Anna Browne
17 October 2023 (by admin)
Coming back to work this week, I was excited to hear about new staff starting and the new children I would be getting into my class.....
I also couldn’t wait to see all the children from last year again! We started off the week with an inset day on Monday, at The Engine Rooms in Birchwood. Here, we met eight new staff members, and learned about the added parts to KCSIE; our new reading programme, and more about our trauma and attachment support programme – Motional.
On Tuesday, I was eager to get back into my classroom to set it up as needed for the year ahead. This year, I have the luxury of an additional room next door, which I have set up as a continuous provision area for our children, as many of them missed out on learning through play as a young child. We now have two tuff trays; a building area; a role play area; a reading corner; an inspire my play tray; water and sand play, and lots of sensory resources to help our children regulate.
On Wednesday, we had our last inset day, which consisted of Motional training; a Team Teach refresher, and getting the last bits ready for our children to start on Thursday. On Thursday, I couldn’t wait for 8.45am to come, to see our children getting out of their taxis and running towards us. As there are only a maximum of seven children per class, that teacher-pupil bond really is extra special. The children could not wait to tell us all about their Summer holidays and hear about each others, and they were really excited to see the classroom set up.
For a first day, Thursday went really well. One of the new children, who has a diagnosis of ASC, struggled to regulate himself in the classroom, but that is completely understandable and normal in our school. We are used to offering alternative provisions for children who need support with self regulation, and TT tried very hard to communicate with the other children and they all played a board game together.
I am looking forward to starting my curriculum properly on Monday with the class, alongside many team building activities to bring the children together, and help them to create relationships.