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About to start a PGCE, got the chance to do a lesson/activity with Yr 6, should I? If so, any ideas?

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by anon331, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. I've got a place for a Primary PGCE this September but have to do a 2 week placement before I start, 1 week in KS1 and 1 week in KS2. I started it today at a local primary and really enjoyed it. I've been put in with Year 6 for this week. Obviously there's just under 2 weeks left of this term and then Year 6 leave so everything with them now really is just a bit of a time filler to keep them interested before they leave. The class teacher said to me after that if I want to do anything with them I'm quite welcome to, just let her know. I have to give them a form to fill in to send to the uni which basically evaluates my time there, my interaction with students and staff and just any general comments. So in a way, doing something, if it went well, would be good for that and also just good experience for me to get used to doing things in a UK classroom as the majority of my experience is in Thailand.



    Do you think that I should try and do something with the class or am I just going to be a bit out of my depth? If you think I should, any ideas about the kind of things I could do? At the moment they're mainly working on a big art project and a DT project about structures.



    All thoughts, advice and ideas greatly appreciated!!



    Caroline
     
  2. EcoLady

    EcoLady New commenter

    How about using your experience in Thailand? Got any mementoes, stories, pictures, examples of culture, traditions, mythology or food? You could easily fill an afternoon (or even a whole day) by taking them on a journey to this far off exotic land ...
     
  3. I was wondering about that actually! I've got stories and pictures but not much else really. Could talk about all those things you mentioned. Thing is, do I have to link anything I do to the curriculum or can I literally do what I want (as long as it's ok with the teacher) as they're almost finished?
     
  4. EcoLady

    EcoLady New commenter

    At this stage in the year, I doubt that a direct curriculum link will be necessary. The teacher will enjoy a break and the class will love something different. If you really did want to link it, you could easily suggest some descriptive writing with interesting adjectives and good VCOP. Or make it an art lesson about the stunning traditional dancers' costumes, for example.
    Do you know any Thai language? "Hello, my name is ..." or counting, days of the week, etc? Show them Thai writing?
    I have connections to New Zealand. I've just taught my Brownies how to do "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" in Maori: anything is possible!
     

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