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My First Week: Rachael Cuninghame

17 October 2023 (by admin)

My first week as a trainee teacher has been highly informative and there are lots of names, faces and policies/procedures to learn....

I will admit I am mentally exhausted, but I have had fun along the way and met some fantastic people. The reason I wanted to train to be a teacher is I wanted to make a difference and inspire the next generation to do better. I also love the fact that no two days are the same and there are always opportunities to tweak and adjust based on where the children are. 

My Kingsbridge journey has started with two full INSET days at my placement school. These were really educational and reinforced the safeguarding training I have already attended. It was lovely to get an overview of the academic year from the Headteacher and other members of SLT, incorporating the school vision and values so I had a better understanding of the placement school. I have learned the names of the children in my class and am starting to build relationships with both the children and the staff I will be working with. I enjoyed helping the children to choose their first reading for pleasure books and seeing the quality of books available in both the class and school libraries. I have also had an introduction to both Bath Spa University and Kingsbridge where the expectations for the year were laid out. 

My favourite thing this week was getting stuck in with the poetry and being introduced to a new poem “The Song of Hiawatha” and learning the first stanza with the children in my class. 

I suppose my biggest challenge was juggling starting at a new school with lots of unfamiliar faces to learn alongside home life of my eldest two children starting high school. We are learning together what routines we need to put in place before school and after to ensure the smooth running of life. 

I would strongly recommend a SCITT based route as you are embedded in school life from the get go and start with the children you will be teaching for the vast majority of the year. Learning as you go is much more engaging and rewarding.

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