I got my new timetable on Friday which means I can now start thinking about what I need to do over summer to prepare for September. My school has increased the time allocated to maths for most year groups, so this is where we now stand in terms of the number of one hour lessons per fortnight:
I still have a lot of GCSE content to get through and fear that there will be very little (if any) time for revision and exam preparation in lessons after Easter. This means I need to think carefully about how to use lessons and homeworks effectively throughout the year.
I intend to trial using ring binders instead of exercise books with this class next year. It might be a disaster, but I use so many worksheets that I’m no longer convinced that it makes sense to use exercise books. I’ll report back on how it goes…
I recently delivered some training on the new GCSE which I’ll blog about next week.
I’ve been put in charge of whole school numeracy next year. To get an idea of where I stand on numeracy, read Dani Quinn’s excellent post Headaches Across the Curriculum: what’s the point in whole-school numeracy?.
The way I see it, the best thing I can do for my students is increase their fluency when working with numbers – from that flows the all-important confidence. So I’m going to use my numeracy budget to start a big push on times tables for Year 7. We will subscribe to Times Tables Rockstars and promote it through a launch assembly, an after school ‘Rock Gods’ club, competitions and prizes, and dedicated time in maths lessons and afternoon registrations. If all goes well we’ll have a large proportion of our Year 7s loving numbers by the end of the year!
I look forward to spending some quality time with my family this summer. My eldest daughter Maddie starts primary school in September.
I’m a Year 12 form tutor so will have 32 personal statements to review and 32 references to write over summer (my tutor group is unusually big for Sixth Form). I’ve not done this before and I have a feeling it will take me ages, so I definitely don’t want to leave it all until September.
Over summer I’ll also be starting to plan my one-day subject knowledge enhancement sessions for the SCITT, and I’ve signed up for some paid proofreading work for an A level textbook (just to make ends meet). I’m not yet sure if I’ll have my own classroom to tidy and decorate but if so then I’ll do that when I go into school on GCSE results day – thanks to Twitter I’m never short of display ideas!
Lots to look forward to! Do let me know how your year went and what you’ve got planned for next year. I know that some of you have already broken up but for those of us still going – enjoy the final days of the school year! Nearly time for a well-earned rest.