|Keeping track of the reading list. So far so good...|
As part of the preparations set out by my university I had to spend a week in a Primary school. Unfortunately the last few weeks of the Summer term are not the best for getting into classrooms and seeing lessons going on. Due to the timing with the end of term I only spent one day with year 6 but two days with year 1 and year 3. Despite the fact that curriculum teaching has pretty much ended in year 6 I was able to spend a day with them and spent some time asking the teachers about some of the questions I needed to answer including covering the transition to Secondary school. As part of these investigations we were supposed to focus on our specialist subjects but I soon realised I wouldn't be getting the opportunity to see any languages teaching. The school I visited used to have a specialist but they don't any longer and now they use a piece of computer software to teach French. I enjoyed my week in a Primary school but I couldn't do it all the time. The kids were great and it was a lot of fun but I think that was helped by the knowledge that I'd be done at the end of the week and not coming back! All the Primary teachers said to me that they wouldn't be able to do Secondary though so I guess it just comes down to personal preference.
Now that everything has calmed down I've got to get on with my reading, I was hoping to have the bulk done before going to Canterbury but I'm not convinced that is going to happen now! I'm back up to Lancaster later in the week for my Graduation ceremony and then thats it, I'm no longer a Lancaster undergraduate student!