In our latest ‘View from’, we catch up with Hannah Phillips at Sun Academy Bradwell. We followed Hannah’s first year as a Newly Qualified Teacher, we now find out how she is progressing with her second year at Sun!
Are we really over half way through our first term of the year? What a whirlwind seven weeks it has been! For me, this half term has brought with it some of my toughest challenges yet: a subject responsibility, the beginning of my lead practioners accreditation, a Level 5 qualification in PE specialism and a new mixed Y5/6 class, but I have to admit, I have enjoyed the challenge immensely.
It was strange to come back in September: I was no longer an NQT and I had a years’ experience under my belt – I couldn’t wait to get back into the classroom, especially with the sense of comfort that I had done everything at least once before! The first few weeks with my new class were a personal challenge. Having a mixed class of Year 5 and 6, meant that the ability range of the class was much greater than I was used to. It took a few weeks of swapping and changing strategies, to feel fully effective in supporting the children that needed it, whilst still challenging those that needed moving on, but towards the end of the half term things started to fall into place!
This year, I have also been lucky enough to be asked to begin the SSAT lead practioners accreditation. I have to admit; at first I was a little apprehensive! I wasn’t sure that I had the experience and knowledge to fulfil the criteria, but after attending the first meeting, my anxiety was replaced with excitement at getting started on the project! With my experience in Upper Key Stage 2, I have decided to focus my action research on the transition between Year 6 and 7. I am planning to create links with our local secondary schools, with the hope that together; we can ensure that our children leave Sun Academy Bradwell, not just academically, but emotionally ‘secondary ready’. The meeting also confirmed that much of the evidence needed for the accreditation will link to my second qualification this year: my Level 5 qualification in PE specialism. PE is something I have always been passionate about, having specialised in this during my teacher training, so I feel very lucky to have the chance to pursue this as my subject leadership responsibility.
So our term continues, and with it, the familiar sound of Christmas carols echoing through the corridors! Having settled back into the academic year, I am looking forward to the challenges we have coming up at Sun Academy Bradwell this half term, after all, as we always say to the children, challenge is good!
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