June Round-Up

Monthly Round-Up for June

See my monthly round-ups for January, February, March, April and May.

June has been yet another incredibly busy month – in work, I have written all my reports, assessed my pupils against a myriad of statements and taken a group a 70 10-11 years olds to Wales for a week!

How has your June been?


Books read

Not as many books read this month as in some others due to life being incredibly busy – but I still came across quite a few new favourites!

Total: 31 (Running from the Sky not pictured)

Picture books: 12

Graphic novels: 0

Middle Grade: 10

Young adult: 9

Adult: 2

Non-fiction: 1

Poetry: 0

Sources of books

Library: 17

Bought/Owned: 5

Won: 1

ARC: 5 ( 2 e-ARCs from Netgalley)

June Posts

Book Reviews: Lancelot, Houdini and the Five-Cent Circus, Ascension, The Gilded Shroud, Running From the Sky, Just Don’t Mention It

Author Interviews:  Keith Gray, Aaron Blecha (illustrator of Dino Wars), Elizabeth Bailey, Estelle Maskame, Amanda Malben.

Multilingual flashcards: Prince, King, Queen, Royalty, Castle, Moat, Crown.

Language Learning: 5 tips to fit more language learning into your life

Other posts: Book Rainbow: Green Books Parts 3 , 4 and 5

Wales for a week

Reblogged posts: Book Blogger Binge

I also took part in:

Waiting on Wednesday: Nyxia Unleashed, Bright Ruin, A Thousand Beginnings and EndingsArchenemies.

Six for Sunday: Rainbow Books, Reasons Why I Love Books, Monochrome Books, Metallic Books.

June Achievements and Highlights

My little blog is continuing to grow – thank you to all my lovely readers! This is the first month that I have had over 2000 views and, while modest compared to many others, it makes me happy to think that my reviews and resources are useful for others.

In work, I went on a week-long residential with more than 60 of our Year 6s and had an amazing time. The kids impressed me with their attitude and resilience at every turn. It was strange not to see my own class for a whole week, but also brilliant to get to know the Year 6s in a different context. I am massive fan of residentials because I believe they give you a chance to get to know your pupils as people rather than just as students.

I will also be shifting direction with my leadership role in the next academic year – this year I have been heading up MFL.

I am passionate about language learning, but have found it tricky at times as the man language in our school is French and I do not speak French particularly well. So I am handing over to a lovely, enthusiastic teacher who also speaks French very well! I will be continuing to prepare resources, CPD etc for French in my Year group, but my whole-school focus will be…reading!

I am really excited about this because I will have the opportunity to be part of revamping our reading provision at school, including buying new books, moving the library to a new location and making links with authors. As I am also moving classrooms this summer (though I am staying in Year 3) I am wondering how I will get it all done; so simultaneously extremely excited and a little apprehensive!

This is also the point of the year where we are just about ready to seriously start house-hunting…and we should probably get around to actually planning the wedding at some point too. At the halfway point of the year, there are lots of exciting things coming up!

June Favourites

Food/Drink: Raspberries are in season and i am eating them at an approximate rate of 1-2 punnets a day. Perhaps an expensive but relatively healthy habit! In worse news, had my first coca cola of the year…have been doing so well to stop drinking soft drinks!

Skincare: Avon’s Skin So Soft Oil Spray – I bought it for the trip to Wales as I had heard that it is excellent for keeping biting insects away. Having been told horror stories of the Welsh midges, I decided to give it a go. Not exactly a peer-assessed trial, but in this modest trial of one person I didn’t get a single bite! Not bad for £2.50, with the added bonus that it smells nicer than bug repellent and left my skin nice and soft.

TV/Film: Have watched one episode this month – the first episode of Season 2 of Stranger Things! That’s it…

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. Glad you had a nice, if busy, June 💜. Your new leadership role dounds really fun!
    Amy x

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    1. Thank you! I am really excited about it! Have lots of big ideas for the new library… Have you finished for the summer holidays yet? x

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      1. Congratulations! Hope you have a lovely summer planned! We still have a month left!

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  2. What a great month!! I’ll have to check out Arsenic for Tea. That looks great!
    I’ve heard things about the skin so soft oil spray as well…. When I tried it I was allergic, so I never really got to see if it worked well. 😕

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    1. The first in the series is Murder Most Unladylike which is good, but I think Arsenic for Tea was even better. I tried Skin So Soft spray years ago and really didn’t like it – this time around it was much better. The bottle is also different so I don’t know if they have perhaps changed the formulation? I will still be using another mousturiser for everyday use, but think I will keep the SSS for camping trips instead of bug repellent. 🙂

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  3. That’s a good one

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    1. Thank you! Hope you had a great month!


  4. AJ says:

    You are definitely going to be busy! I loved it when I was in charge of the reading program and resources at my school- such an awesome time!

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    1. I am looking forward to it! Please let me know if you have any advice!

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