Sunday, 29 September 2013

Term 4 Timetable

Every time I redo my timetable I worry that I am missing something out. It's so hard to fit it all in! So, I prioritise, decide upon the "non-negotiables" and just do the best I can.

For me, "non-negotiables" are -

  • read alouds several times a week, preferably daily (with all the decoding, sequencing, vocab and comprehension teaching snuck in!)
  • 20 minutes of phonics/handwriting explicit teaching each day (this has been shortened on some days so I will sneak it into Daily 5 mini-lessons instead)
  • reading time - aiming for children to be reading as much as possible
  • math needs to be 1 hour each day (this is mandated by powers above!)
  • time for the children to have hands-on, active discovery and play time
  • craft and creative time to assist fine motor and spatial awareness
  • This term I will begin trialing Daily 5. I only seem to be able to fit 2 sessions in each day, but I guess quality rather than quantity! I have allowed each "session" about 25 minutes, which would become 5 min mini-lesson, 15 minute D5 choice, then 5 min discussion time. I think this is developmentally appropriate for 6 year olds. Would LOVE some feedback from other teachers though!
Here is my weekly overview- 

Please visit Brooke at Teachable Moments because you can see her planning too! :) 


  1. I am also trialing daily 5 this term. I teach in NSW. I just added you to my circles. Keep in touch and let me know how you are going. Are you connected to Paula's Place, she's from Victoria and has some good ideas. I don't have a blog yet, but am considering setting one up.

  2. Hi there! Yes, I follow Paula's blog - it's great! I wish I could teach and blog as well as her!

    Yes, please let me know how you get on with the Daily 5!

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