Undeterred, I returned and spent the day with Reception. Reception was fast moving and lively, with children moving between classroom, outside and role-play areas, all the while being assessed. The daily, weekly, termly and annual planning was vast, although I was under no illusion as to the extent of planning having had both parents in the profession for over 30 years. The children were clearly enjoying themselves and had a wonderful relationship with their teacher and TA.
Day 3 was spent with Year 2 and immediately sensed a more structured format to their day. I worked with children on numeracy and reading and thoroughly enjoyed the 'marching soldier' teaching their times table. As I left on my last day, I felt as though I had come full circle knowing that this was still the career that I wanted to pursue and although the Curriculum can be restricting and target orientated, there is still huge reward in seeing children learning, achieving and enjoying.