Career outlook for teacher - primary school
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would teach primary school children and help them enjoy learning. You’d encourage them to take pride in their achievements outside school and be confident in their abilities.
Primary schools in Scotland, following the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE), are usually divided into:
• Nursery and P1 - primary (ages 4-5)
• P2-4 - primary (ages 6-8 )
• P5-7 - primary (ages 9-11)
The school you work in could be an independent school funded largely by fees from parents, or a state school funded by the govenrment.
You’d help the children in your class express themselves and play a positive role in school life. It would be up to you ensure they get the knowledge, skills and attributes they will need to flourish at secondary school and beyond.
You would teach all areas of the curriculum:
- Expressive arts
- Health and wellbeing
- Religious and moral education
- Social studies
You would plan your lessons to meet the Curriculum for Excellence national guidance but you’d have a lot of flexibility. So you – and your pupils – could choose what to learn about and how to study that topic.
Interdisciplinary learning is very important, so you’d have to create projects and topics that pull in elements from several curriculum areas.
Your classroom activities should develop the pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills and teach them about health and wellbeing. You’d also connect what the children do in school with the wider world through global citizenship and enterprise projects.
- Create lessons and teaching materials
- Assess the children's progress in the curriculum and help them assess their own work
- Make sure the children behave and work well together
- Discuss children's development and progress with parents and carers
- Organise outings, clubs, social activities and sports events
Sometimes you will need to deal with bad behaviour, comfort children who are upset or help children who find it difficult to learn.
You’d need to attend meetings and training courses. You’d work closely with colleagues to plan the school’s work and with other professionals, such as education psychologists and social workers.
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