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Yr 7 in middle schools

Discussion in 'Primary' started by msmuse, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. msmuse

    msmuse New commenter

    I am soon to start teaching Yr7 after many years as upper KS2 (but was trained KS2/3). Does anyone have any really useful tips/advice?
    Thanks in advance!
  2. msmuse

    msmuse New commenter

    Thanks again!
    Where do you go for resources/ inspiration? I have many,many books/saved websites/DVDs etc. for KS2, but none to speak of for KS3. Are there any books or websites you would recommend as a must for KS3 teachers?
  3. marlin

    marlin Star commenter Forum guide

    I wouldn't invest any of your own money before seeing what was already available at the school. Well, try not to spend any of your own money at all - of course! [​IMG]
    You will probably find there are many resources already available, so until you get there and see, it is hard to focus on what you might or might not need. It is also hard to judge if you don't know your timetable.
    The TES resources section is always a good place to look.
    I like to use Teachit (the secondary version of Primary Teachit) for English resources.
    Also the poetry archive
    Herts grid is also very useful for English, but do have a look at the other subjects.
    For maths you might look here - particularly the links on the right of the screen:
    I don't know what your specialism is, but you could go to the forum for that subject and ask for advice there - or for any of the individual subjects you may have to teach - depends what you have on your timetable!
  4. msmuse

    msmuse New commenter

    That's fab, thank you!
    I have science resources as have taught this subject extensively to all ages, but the links to other subjects will come in really useful - I will go and explore them now...
  5. paulie86

    paulie86 New commenter

    As some one who only has 1 term and 2 weeks left in a closing middle school. (And really really really doesn't want to leave!) I am very jealous OP. I only have experience of deemed-secondary middle schools, but our KS3 are an absoute dream at the school I work at now. They are polite, well mannered and much more respectful than in neighboring high schools. (Supply teachers love our school!) I would say that although my current school is a deemed-secondary one, the children are treated in amuch more primary way. Although there are subject specialists lots of class teaching still goes on. The class teachers have their classes for RE, PHCE as a minimum and are in sets for maths, English and Science, with their year turtors teaching at least 2 sets of core subjects in their year group. Try and spend some time in your school and get a feel for how it is set up as from my experience middle schools are just so unnique. Enjoy and good luck. I am very very jealous!
  6. msmuse

    msmuse New commenter

    Awwww Paulie don't be...
    My post is temporary (1 term with 'possibility' of extension, which I wont hold my breath about) SO we are in the same boat, except that I will be at a disadvantage when applying for a new job [​IMG]
  7. paulie86

    paulie86 New commenter

    arghh that's a shame its only for a term. I love middle so much. I hope somethng permanent comes up for you.
  8. tafkam

    tafkam Occasional commenter

    Agree that resourcing can be a nightmare - especially as most deemed-primaries can't afford the secondary text books, but can't rely on the primary breadth because they don't include the necessary depth.
    Suggest TES (massively), BBC KS3 bitesize and TeachIt, plus:
    • Maths: http://www.intermep.org/
    • History: http://www.schoolhistory.co.uk/
    • Geography: http://www.sln.org.uk/geography/
    • ICT: http://www.teach-ict.com/
    • Music: http://www.musicalcontexts.co.uk/ (subscription)
  9. msmuse

    msmuse New commenter

    Thanks for all the advice - I am going in to school tomorrow to meet and learn more about the class. I will find out all I can about planning and copy as many plans and resources as I can! I have started looking at some of the websites suggested - they look great and will be very useful. Thanks again x

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