Getting a bit bogged down by all the naffness that is my school at the moment. Having the time and inclination to plan fabulous and exciting lessons, that fit the needs and capabilities of my partner teacher as well as the demands of a largely useless maths co-ord, is proving too hard and too much for little old me in a whole new KS. Sobbed my heart out on a poor HLTA this afternoon after being told at lunchtime my lesson was only satisfactory, based on 20 mins of counting activity, mental starter and a few mins of input where children were too inactive and apparently didn't make enough progress. I've never had any grade as naff as that before from Ofsted in my entire career...not even as a slightly hopeless NQT before there was NQT support. Grrrr! Feeling like I should give up the MaST (since I can't apparently even teach maths vaguely competently anymore), stop mentoring students and an NQT (since I can't actually teach myself, let alone teach others how to) and just be a classroom teacher doing nothing else. Soooo any volunteers in Oxfordshire or nearby want to offer their classroom as a place for me to come and look at excellent and exciting year 2 lessons and schemes of work and just general ideas? I'm supposed to be raising standards in KS1 at my school and know (on better days) that I am slowly doing so. But I need to get some exciting ideas from somewhere...If you aren't in driving distance for me to visit then do feel free to give some fab ideas here...maths or topic/literacy would be great! We are doping Europe and Christmas in various counties at the moment, but I'm running out of ideas. After Christmas is supposed to be minibeasts, but something else is entirely possible. I think this is a bit waffly...sorry, been one of those days. Just heard the news coming on, so much be G&T time in preparation for an early night.