The role of the Primary school teacher is to work with children between the ages of 4 and 11 years. They are responsible for teaching either a number of, or every, area of the National Curriculum.
In England and Wales, this will most likely mean covering Key Stage 1 (5 – 7 years) and Key Stage 2 (7 – 11 years).
Key responsibilities as a primary teacher:
- Ensuring the optimal development of children, both socially and academically.
- Preparation and delivery of lessons that cater to the wide ranging abilities of the class.
- Instill interest to learn, through enthusiastic and motivating presentation of lessons.
- Recording and monitoring student progression.
- Meeting with carers/parents giving feedback regarding child’s performance.
- Organising activities, classroom displays and class trips
- Ensuring the curriculum is covered and up to date.
- Prepare pupils for secondary education and examinations.
A good primary teacher ...:
- Whilst potentially specialising in a particular subject, are able to teach all areas of the primary curriculum.
- Passionate attitude towards imaginative teaching.
- Patient and well mannered.
- Strong communication and organisation skills.
- Ability to maintain discipline and deal with difficult behaviour
- Remains up to date with latest schemes, curriculum and learning methods.
- Work well in a team, specifically for in smaller schools where compromise may be necessary.