Brookes Primary PGCE Group B 2012

SE1. We came, we saw, we filed, we cried, we moaned, we conquered.

No more lectures, no more seminars, no more starbucks coffee. No more you guys! Well until this School Experience is over anyway. I can think of a whole range of words to describe how I am feeling this weekend, for my own professional practise some of these cannot be repeated.

We were given a reflective personal statement form to complete before SE1 and I feel like I need 5 extra pages stapled to the back of it. Looking back at this first term at Brookes I am utterly shocked with the amount we have crammed in. The new faces that have become familiar pillars of support, the hundreds (feels it) of lever arch files that cover every available inch of shelving space and the amount of times I have had staff say ‘Don’t worry, calm down’.

I would like us as a group to use this particular blog as a place to vent, congratulate, and share during our SE1. Here is a list of what years we are all teaching, I even set some kind of order to make it easier for you lot (I’m a nice guy really):

Gavin Year 1/2

Lauren Year 1/2

Jasmine Year 2

Carly Year 2

Issy Year 2

Dave Year 2

Hetal Year 3

Laura Year 3

Ellie Year 3

Becka Year 3

Lydia Year 3

Jason Year 3

Hannah Year 3/4

Nicola Year 3/4

Lisa Year 3/4

Jack Year 3/4

Dean Year 4

Matt Year 4

Andy Year 5

Reena Year 5

Piers Year 5

Grace Year 5/6

Cat Year 5/6

Kayleigh Year 6

Leanne Year 6

Sammy Year 6

Alex Year 6

Lynn Year 6

Helen Year 6

Good luck all and remember… you can all be lions if you wish to be!

If lesson observations can go wrong; do it in style.

The Lesson

Chaos ruled OK in the classroom
as bravely the teacher walked in
the nooligans ignored him
hid voice was lost in the din

“The theme for today is violence
and homework will be set
I’m going to teach you a lesson
one that you’ll never forget”

He picked on a boy who was shouting
and throttled him then and there
then garrotted the girl behind him
(the one with grotty hair)

Then sword in hand he hacked his way
between the chattering rows
“First come, first severed” he declared
“fingers, feet or toes”

He threw the sword at a latecomer
it struck with deadly aim
then pulling out a shotgun
he continued with his game

The first blast cleared the backrow
(where those who skive hang out)
they collapsed like rubber dinghies
when the plug’s pulled out

“Please may I leave the room sir?”
a trembling vandal enquired
“Of course you may” said teacher
put the gun to his temple and fired

The Head popped a head round the doorway
to see why a din was being made
nodded understandingly
then tossed in a grenade

And when the ammo was well spent
with blood on every chair
Silence shuffled forward
with its hands up in the air

The teacher surveyed the carnage
the dying and the dead
He waggled a finger severely
“Now let that be a lesson” he said

Roger McGough

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Bowling Madness!

Just a short blog to give a shout-out to those who attended the Group B Bowling event. What a way to spend a Wednesday afternoon! Was great fun. I definitely think this should happen again and that we should poke Nichola until she organises it, she is clearly the queen of bowling!

A video was going to be uploaded but I have to tap into my old youtube account and post from there, this will be done at a later date! for definite, as we have Alex busting some dance moves and Nicola… ‘bowlling’.

The bowling event triggered some form of thought process (or at least that’s what I think it was) about a characteristic that nearly our entire group share. The ability to relax, have fun and trust people we are thrown together with. Personally think this characteristic is going to be vital for our development as professionals be it interacting with children, colleagues or parents. After spending an afternoon with you lot handling a class of thirty should be a doddle!

Lets leave it on a topical joke… Why does a bowling alley need to be quiet? so you can hear a pin drop. (Trust me when I say this is not my worst joke!)

Have fun, thanks for reading! Cant wait for the next social event, thanks for organising Ellie!

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Design a car, then watch it crash and burn!

I’m a fan of Formula 1. I love cool-looking, streamlined, racing cars. I like the idea of owning one, driving one and beating Vettel at Silverstone. I am of course a dreamer.
So, you can imagine the excitement when Helen informed us in DT that we would be designing and MAKING! our own car. Ideas flashed through my head quicker than you can say iwanttobuildthefastestcarintheworld. My thought process followed this pattern. Tank – Bat Mobile – Formula 1 car.

Before I knew it I had coping saw in hand and was thinking about shaving off tiny amounts of weight to make this thing go faster before I had even collected the materials to build the frame.

My story ends in a tad of a disaster. There is a lesson to be learnt in getting too excited about the end product without considering how to get there. My final car did not look like a racing car, it did not go very fast, didn’t even go in a straight line. In fact, it went veering off to the right and had to be caught mid plunge to save it from complete destruction. However, I had a right blast and to see the whole of Group B laughing, engaged and completely frustrated was hilarious! Loved it.

The award for best looking design has to go to Grace! (and Dave and Alex). Who pulled off a great looking tractor (Some still argue it resembled Postman Pats van a tad more than a tractor) complete with trailer full of the days harvest.

Next time, I shall step back, have a think, consider an alternative and then plow straight on with my initial idea and let my excitement ruin the design yet again.

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Make a difference; bake a cake

A massive thanks to the whole of Group B for raising a fantastic £93.50 as part of the Macmillan coffee and cake week, with a lack of the coffee part… we blame Health and Safety. I loved seeing so many people come along and be willing to buy a slice of cake for such a worthwhile cause. A special mention goes out to those who spent the time to bake cakes for us to sell. Thank you to bakers, eaters and to Helen for allowing us to organise the event. We found out Helen loves a bit of cake..


On a more serious note, it got me thinking. We baked and had a lovely half an hour selling cakes/cookies/brownies. Half an hour. In that half an hour we raised nearly £100 for a worthwhile cause. What more could we be doing?

To lighten the mood here’s a joke:

I went to buy a watch, and the man in the shop said ‘Analogue.’ I said ‘No, just a watch.’

Some more photos to help remember the chaotic fun!






Testing the water…

Just got my hands on the activation key for this new toy, thought I would check it out between making notes on Haylock and watching trashy TV.

What is this blog for? I have no idea is the answer. So we could use this post to come up with ideas with what we would like it to be. A few suggestions so far;

  • Uploading photos of amusing adventures along the PGCE.
  • Sharing ‘Top Tips’ for the course!
  • A place for ‘venting’ and storing concerns for our wonderful Group Rep to have at hand and be able to take to the meetings with her. 
  • Or if its just to amuse myself then so be it!