The summer holidays have come to an end for another year. Just when you were getting used to Monday morning lie-ins and evenings with no marking, the reality of the new school year has set in.
To help alleviate some of the inevitable September stress, Bostik has put together this handy checklist:
- Make sure you have a new academic diary and notebook to keep organised.
- Stock up on stationery – marking pens (make sure you get the correct colour in accordance with your school’s marking policy), post-it notes, highlighters, arch lever files with dividers, laminating pouches, ink cartridges, USB sticks, Bostik Blu Tack, Bostik Blu Sticks, a stash of sharpened pencils etc.
- Set up calming boxes for any children in your new class that may benefit from them. These could include sensory toys, personalised pictures of things that make them happy, shapes for the children to trace their finger around to aid with breathing exercises, Bostik Blu Tack to use for moulding and a ‘time out of class’ card.
- Set up a visual timetable so that children know the plan for each day.
- Create a birthday display so that children’s birthdays are not forgotten.
- Set up a reward and behaviour chart in accordance with your school policy so that it is established from day one.
- Decide on a method for getting the attention of your class – a tambourine, clapping, call and response (e.g. teacher says: “macaroni cheese”, children respond: “everybody freeze”).
- Create and laminate labels for everything – drawers, pegs, stationery, and pencil cases.
- Create seating plans and think of group/table names – ideas could include animals, colours, authors, scientists, and books.
- Ensure you have spare school uniforms, PE kits and old shirts washed and ready for the new term. Pupils can wear the old shirts over the top of their uniform in art lessons.
- Set up a role-play area, book corner, and a numeracy and literacy working wall. Bostik Blu Tack is perfect for displays as it allows them to be changed and adapted on a regular basis.
- Talk with the teacher that taught your new class last year. They will be able to provide you with an insight into each child and pass on valuable information such as academic strengths, things they struggle with, dietary requirements, allergies, illnesses, special needs, behavioural issues and concerns from parents.
- Brush up on your subject knowledge and begin to collect resources for the topics you are due to teach in the forthcoming year.