Teacher Tales

  • “What a surprise!” the children said.

    “Our supply teacher, Mrs Wickstead, was actually an author. We were not expecting that!”

  • A Spooky Bus Ride

    Recently I took my grandson on his first ever bus ride.

    The bus Ride

  • A Spooky Tale are you worried?

    Fairy house

    A story book not just for Halloween, Spooky can be a strange experience or even a worry.

  • A Supply Teachers Journey - Autumn Term

    Once again, a slow start to the autumn Term. Waiting for the teaching door to open and the journey to begin.

    Note to self! Must remember to go away on holiday in September as there is very little supply work about at the beginning of term.

  • A Supply Teachers Journey - The Start

    Teaching is always a challenge; each day is different as well as each class you teach. We are all individuals and teaching is individual. Lessons that go well with one class may not work so well with another group. Factors such as the weather (rain; snow; wind; sunshine), or circumstances in your day or that of the pupils will alter how it goes.

  • A Time Travelling Space Bus!

    Rockets and star ships that can zoom you through space, time and beyond. 

  • A Visit from an Author

    As a cover teacher I am able to visit different primary schools across Sussex and Surrey. Each day can be a different location with a different age range, from reception to Year 6; I have to be adaptable and flexible.

  • A walk with the teacher

     What could possibly go wrong?

  • An Unexpected Author Visit

    During a recent weeks visit to a school with Year 6, I was able to fill a few gaps with snippets of information about buses, books and rain-sticks. This got the children’s attention and they asked questions and listen to my tales.

  • Back to Hogwarts Day - September 2020

    Lego Hedwig

    1st September and its ‘Back to Hogwarts Day,’ I wonder what events we might encounter in the year ahead.

  • Book Reviews - Children

    Sometimes when you are visiting a school the work is clearly set and easy to follow, but sometimes you just have to be prepared for the unexpected and think of another plan!

  • Breaking News on Sky News HD

    Sue Wickstead Reporting from the O2 on Sky News HD.
    Jay-Jay the supersonic bus told in a childrens's picture story book has finally been release and is driving off the shelves.

    Where to get my books

    Books are available from the following:   My Books

    Amazon.co.uk     Amazon.com     Waterstones    

    Barnes&Noble    Foyles (amongst others)

    Don't forget to look and ask in your local Museum, book shop or even buy on your Sainsburys on line shop!

  • Crafty Lockdown - What next?

    Lego Buses

    I’ve painted a rainbow; made some colourful handprints; tidied the house and garden (a bit); read a book on youTube; read a few books on my ‘to-be-read pile’; and of course, played with the Lego.

    So, what next?

  • Creative Nonsense

    Creative Writing:

    Over the last few years, I have joined a few writing groups. A few Zoom meetings too.

  • Free Books for Schools

    I always leave a free book in every school I visit as a Supply Teacher.

  • Have you met any fantastic beasts?

    The Zoo

    I was asked to talk about an author, for my writing group, and what they meant to me..

  • How can a bus ride help children's learning?

    Learning Bus

    I was pleased to hear about a school in Peterborough who have an EdTechBus and wanted to know more.

  • How can you help children?

    As a supply cover teacher, the one thing you might miss out on is being involved in events such as any charity school events; these include Children in Need; Comic Relief/Red Nose Day; Christmas Productions; Non-uniform days; School Fairs.

  • How did Lockdown and coronavirus affect me?

    My bus journey

    Am I the only person not worried about lockdown?

  • How to survive the Supply Teaching Challenge

    Supply Teaching

    Teaching is always a challenge; each day is different as well as the class you teach.

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