Work Experience

Now I have finished my A levels I have been thinking a lot about project trust meaning I now I have lots of activities on the go. But this week has been a bit different, instead of focusing on the fundraising side of it, I have been trying to gain practice and experience in teaching – seeing as that is what I will be doing for a year of my life

This has involved me going back to my old primary school for the past week. And once I got over the initial shock of calling my old teachers by their first name and hearing new kids singing the old songs I used to, it was an amazing week.

I spent most of it working in the reception class (for those of you who don’t know that’s kids aged 4-5). One thing that amazed me, was the difference in abilities, from kids who can hardly write their own name to those who choose to do 2 pages of homework just to show their teacher they can. This has meant that I have learnt some tactics to help with the range of abilities I am likely to find in India.

I have also learnt a bit about basic phonics and was shown a game that I would like to try out. And some really simple things about counting activities which was just naming a number that is less than another one, whilst this may sound simple, it’s not if you are 4!

I had an interesting experience of trying to teach maths to a reception student who’s second language is English and has learning difficulties. This was very changing for both of us not just with the language barrier (which I imagine I will be having all of next year), but finding ways to communicate was something I had not come across before. Though it was a great learning experience for me about what number bonds are and how to explain how to add up to 10!

As you can see from some of the photos, the reception has lodes of resources that the kids can use and play with, this is a luxury that I probably won’t have in India. This has been worrying me a bit so I am going to have to learn some games that don’t need much to entertain them before I go

The reception class whilst being a handful – though I have been told its just because we are near the end of term (I’m no so sure), have been amazing. Even though I have only been with them a week, they have made my week so special and made me feel at home. And they will definitely be missed.

I also got the opportunity to see some of the year 6 work books, meaning i have now seen the full range of ability from the level you start with to the level you leave primary school. This has been really beneficial and made me want to dig out some of my old books to see what I was up to.

Overall it was a really good week and I’m so glad I did it and I would highly suggest anyone wanting to do anything with teaching should try and spend a week in a primary school 🙂

 

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9 weeks to go!

So I have recently finished my A levels and have been relaxing for the past week. But it is now time to have my final push of fundraising before my training week where I will finally meet my partner who I will be spending my year with!

Next weekend I will be going to one of my local car-boot sales to try and sell a whole lot of items that have been kindly donated.

So suddenly I have realised there is a lot to organize, getting vaccinations, Visas, medical checks, sorting out money. But it is all part of the excitement 🙂

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Quick update

Hi all,

I just wanted to let you know I haven’t forgot about fundraising and India, but my exams have started so I’ve been very busy with revision.

Donations are still coming in so thank you, thank you, thank you!

And I will more active when exams are over.

 

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So close!

This week has been a roller coaster for my project trust journey, I found details about my placement and have had some incredibly generous donations, which brings my total to £5500!! (only £700 pounds off my target of £6200 😀 )

I am honestly speechless and so thankful for everyone who has ever donated anything, been to any of my fundraisers, and just been generally helpful and supported to me in this journey.

My next plan is a car boot sale as I have already had some items donated to me to sell, I am also thinking of a bag pack and a cake sale. So hopefully one final push and I can make it to my target

 

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Exciting News… I found out my placement!

Today I found out where I would be spending the next year of my life… Ongole, India! I also was told more about my project and what my role will be there, which I’m am so pleased with. It is also so great to know about the area I will be going to and living for 12 mouths, and it is making it even more real that I will be leaving so soon!

I will be working in Andhra School, it is a primary school situated in the heart of Ongole, a bustling Indian town of 400,000. My role will to be teaching English to students from pre-kinder (aged four) up to 12 or 13. I’m really excited to be able to share my knowledge through teaching, to help any students having problems and to make the best difference to the students lives that I can!

I am also excited as there is the opportunity to set up extra-curricular activities and clubs after school. Especially as PE is not included in their timetable, so there is room for me to set up some sports.

So I thought it would be nice to show you where about I will be, so here are a few maps. I have also already looked it up and I am only 10 miles away from the beach! And there seems to be lots of transport links for all around India for when I am going to travel 😀

On another note, I am definitely going to melt… 🙂

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I will let you know as soon as I know anymore!

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QUIZ SUCCESS!!!!

As you may have guessed from the title, I held my quiz last weekend. It was a fantastic success and I managed to raise over £1000!

The evening started early with all my helpers at the hall laying out the tables and getting the food set up. So, we were ready by 7.30 when people starting arriving. Tracy, who had written the quiz for me, couldn’t attend, so my mum was the quiz master. As the evening progressed, the results for each team’s round were projected onto a big screen at the front of the room, which added a sense of excitement through the evening.

I held it at my local village hall with an amazing turn out of almost 100 guests, so we were all packed in quite tightly! Amazing I had managed to hire the hall for free thanks to the village trustees and their support.

I would also like to thank Tracy who wrote the quiz, which everyone enjoyed.  But congratulations to YYY Delila for annihilating the competition – even the Proquizzers, although my team unfortunately did come second last! 🙂

There is a long list of people I’d like to thank,

  • Skip and the scout helpers for supplied and preparing the excellent ploughman’s
  • Everyone who came
  • Everyone who donated raffle prized
  • My dad for donating the keg of beer
  • Tracy for the quiz
  • And everyone who helped me on the night and beforehand to make the evening run so smoothly
  • And of course, my mum who helped me plan and was an incredible quiz master.

Here is some snap shots of the event at the start, I got so busy I didn’t take any once everyone arrived

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Loose change jar success!!

Project Trust provides many suggestions for fund-raising. One of the ideas was, loose change jars.  For anyone who has read right back to the beginning of this blog, you will know that I designed some loose change jars to put into local shops. And to be honest, I didn’t really think this would be a great way to raise much money.

So, being a little disorganised, I  didn’t get round to getting them out into shops until the end of February.  And now, I think that I have missed out on some serious fundraising.  This is because for just being out for just over a mouth one of the jars in our local Budgens’ has come back filled with coins – to a total of just under £100!!!

So I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who has been kind enough to donate as you can see it really does make a difference.

On another note, I AM OVER HALF WAY TO MY TOTAL FUNDRAISING!! My current total is just over £3100 🙂 and with the quiz in just under two weeks (which I will be sure to keep you updated about), and hopefully a supermarket bag pack and a car boot sale, I am feeling more hopeful that I can make it

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