I'm currently in my 2nd year of my BAQTS Primary Ed 3Y course. I have been to five different schools on five different placements of varied time. However this is by far the most important of the lot and by far the most successful of the lot so far. I am in my third week of five and i'm loving it, i was very nervous before this placement i had only been with KS1 before this and got put in a middle school (year's 6-8) due to the fact my uni has been struggling to find placements. But contrary to my worries the school is amazing, children are amazing and the teachers are some of the most helpful i have come across. I don't know whether that is because i am with so many different specialist teachers, as i am not with one class teacher like i would be in a primary school, but they seem to offer a lot more of their time and are happy to let me take full control of their lesson while they sit back and basically perform the role of a TA. This is especially confidence boosting as my Maths and English classes are doing their sats in a few weeks. Getting to the point, the first week i obviously planned my lessons like essays, everything was in them, full three page plans for each lesson. That is the way it will always be when starting at a school, i share my plans with my in school tutor every friday and by that first Friday i felt comfortable enough to plan my Maths and English which i take the lesson for every day as a week plan rather than individual lesson plans. I received no complaints from anyone in school and my teachers were extremely positive of my teaching style and my lessons in general, i listened to their constructive criticism and i think my lessons get better each time. The English class i take is usually taken by the Head teacher and he is full of great constructive criticism and i am so much more confident in teaching the subject after just two weeks with him than i am after hours of boring powerpoint lectures at uni. Anyway, my uni tutor came in to officially observe me at the end of the second week and she was extremely positive, possibly some of the best things i have ever had said to me about teaching, it was again extremely confidence boosting even if she was a little over the top, she observed science where i carried out an investigation on the effect of exercise on the pulse rate. She asked to look at my file and all was fine, when i got my written report sent to me the only area she said i needed to improve on was lesson planning, that they weren't detailed enough and that i need individual lesson plans for each lesson, using the proforma provided by the uni (i made my own because the uni one ends up in a complete mess when you try moving text boxes around) This means that the non-contact time i get i need to spend planning if i don't want it all to do at home, which i don't i leave at 6am and get in at 5pm, its a long day for me however much you old timers tell me to get used to it I would much rather get involved with what the children are up to, such as spending my whole afternoon's non contact time mountain biking with some year 8's rather than planning out stuff i already know and i can tell you for a fact i get a lot more out of it. I do not feel that i carry my lesson plans around in my head, but i do feel that my weekly plans are more than enough to teach high standard lessons to my classes, if i was receiving bad reviews about my lessons i could understand having to do this. Although on placement i know you have to plan more and prepare more than when you get a full time job, i just feel that with this planning stacking up i will start to miss out on extra curricular opportunities with children, because i will choose to miss out on them. I am not angry about this nor is there anyone in particular to blame, i have never been happier on a placement and i want a good report so i imagine i will be lesson planning in all my contact time for the rest of my placement, this article is not going to change that. The one problem i do have is with my uni, i feel the fact that i have been observed in my second week FOR THE ONLY TIME by my uni tutor, she is not coming back in even though im not even half way through my placement. Which i feel is ridiculous, and also the irony that my uni tutors encourage me to keep pushing myself from 'developing' to 'extending' as a teacher yet they want essays of lesson plans as if i had never taught a kid before. I feel it has got to the point where im planning so that my file makes the grade, i don't use my long lesson plans when teaching i write an overview on one side of A4 to have with me on the desk just so i can make sure im meeting objectives and tasks that need doing. I won't let this effect my placement i will continue enjoying it all the same i was just wondering what a range of people feel about the amount of lesson planning STUDENTS are required to do.