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  • Transition of Role from Nursery to Reception

    Published 07/01/22, by Molly Hill

    If you had met me a year and a half and ago and asked me to tell you some things about myself, ‘nursery teacher’ would have most likely been top of my list. Ever since I set foot in a nursery on my second teaching practise I knew that I loved it and that it was the year group for me.

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  • An honest guide to finding your feet in the first few years of teaching

    Published 17/12/21, by Molly Hill

    I opened this document 2 weeks ago and writing the title above was about as far as I got. It’s now 4 P.M on a Tuesday afternoon and after a fortnight spent procrastinating on how to put all of this together I think now might be a good time. That being said I’ve promised to treat my self to an hour of marking at 5 P.M so let’s hope things go well this next hour otherwise this could be a rather short read.

    Finding your feet in the first few years of teaching seems a strange concept to offer advice on. I’ve been asking myself “is it even possible to ever truly find your feet in teaching?”. Just when you think you have nailed it, something new gets thrown into the mix, and you can find yourself back to square one again.

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  • 'Is it choosing time yet?'

    Published 07/12/21, by Molly Hill

    When I started teaching in Reception at Oakley Vale Primary in April 2021, this question was commonly asked in the middle of a lesson. I was told that the previous teacher had banned the question completely. I understood, as it was disheartening to notice that children were thinking about playing instead of engaging with what they were supposed to be learning. However, when so many children were asking, I wondered what they were really telling us. I also questioned what it could do to their well-being if I continued to ban it.

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  • Reading for Pleasure

    Published 02/12/21, by Molly Hill

    When thinking about my love of books, I am compelled to draw upon a comparison to magnets. Magnets, I hear you say? Let me explain…

    I would say my hands (led by my heart and head) are the North pole and books are the South pole. Whenever I am around books, I am instantly pulled in their direction! Whether it’s walking into a library, a bookshop, going to a car boot (to name, but a few), I will immediately be pulled to books. I have even been known to completely ignore my friends when I am in the presence of a well-organised bookshelf.

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  • Forest School Development at Gretton Primary School

    Published 26/11/21, by Molly Hill

    After helping out with Forest School 15 years ago, I knew that was where I belonged - outside, exploring and surrounded by laughter and wonder.

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  • From part-time Learning Mentor to Lead DSL/SLT/Trust Advisor

    Published 10/11/21, by Molly Hill

    ‘Ah, you’re just the person I need….’ Quite often the phrase I hear walking through the corridor, or ‘I don’t know who to ask, so I’ve come to you’, that’s another.  Reflecting on my time at Beanfield and thinking about the somewhat challenging times, they are certainly outweighed by far, by the most rewarding times. I’m grateful to hear those comments.

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