To be annoyed my DD watched The Croods at school?

(44 Posts)
PavlovtheCat Mon 12-May-14 20:20:13

She is 7.5, yr 3. Yr 4 teacher was not available to teach her class so they put both classes together and put on a film. The Whole Film.

Now. It's not that I don't want my DD watching The Croods particularly. I don't want her watching any film at school tbh. Unless it's a special occasion, or a relevant film to something they are learning.

If I don't take her to school so she can go to the aquarium, or any other fun thing i feel is appropriate before school, or took her out for an event, I would get into trouble, it would not be 'authorised' or appropriate. So why is it ok to put on a DVD for 60 children so the teacher can do something else (more important than teaching 60 children?) for over an hour?

I get that sometimes events beyond the teacher's control happen, and in those situations, things need to be juggled, but this was not staff sickness, and surely there were other things they could do - reading, PE, art? Or at the very leaf watching something a bit more bloody educational than The Croods?

it's not like it's a rare occasion. It happens relatively regularly.

<sigh> <dons hard hat>

ThinkIveBeenHacked Mon 12-May-14 21:01:19

YABU.

If my LO came home and said she watched a movie at a school I trusted and think do a good job overall, my response would be "oooh what a nice treat!! was it good?"

whatchatalkinboutwillis Mon 12-May-14 21:01:41

The teacher can't give every child a separate educational task to focus on hmm

Nanny0gg Mon 12-May-14 21:05:20

I don't think it's fine as a one-off.

I can't believe that there were no TAs who couldn't have been drafted in to do some meaningful art/ICT/writing activity under the supervision/guidance of a teacher
Not to mention, my HT would have come in and taught if necessary.

I think at this stage in the term it's pretty poor.

Asleeponasunbeam Mon 12-May-14 21:10:27

Have they got Ofsted tomorrow?!

Drafting in a TA means that another class cannot do what their teacher had planned. Schools do not have banks of TA's sitting about waiting to leap into action ... our HT is always either teaching anyway, in meetings or doing vital administration. She already works until at least 8pm most nights, before someone says that she should do that after the children go home.

nipersvest Mon 12-May-14 21:13:37

"I can't believe that there were no TAs who couldn't have been drafted in to do some meaningful art/ICT/writing activity under the supervision/guidance of a teacher
Not to mention, my HT would have come in and taught if necessary"

it's SATS week though, i'm guessing other staff may well be tied up with that.

PavlovtheCat Mon 12-May-14 21:18:11

no ofsted as far as I know, had one last year? i am sure I would know if it was.

The only thing I can think of is that it's SATS tests this week isn't it? So I guessed she was prepping for that? But, that is planned, it's not short notice, so something could have been worked out for that, or, as I said earlier, I would not have objected to the option of taking her out of school for 1.5 hours and doing something else with her if it was a planned meeting of some kind and they could not plan anything other than a DVD.

I mean, DD was perfectly happy to watch it. I didn't moan to her about it BTW. I said 'oh did you? all of it? that was a nice treat? where was the teacher then?' or something. I am just moaning on here. I know better than to undermine teacher decisions in front of DD whether I agree with them or not.

ICanSeeTheSun Mon 12-May-14 21:19:29

I remember once that the school couldn't cover a class, so that class ( mine) got to go home for the day.

My mum wasn't happy because I was soooo boored

PavlovtheCat Mon 12-May-14 21:23:01

ican that happened to me actually! Except my mum could not get me, so I and another child got to go into a class that was above us, which we thought was Cool As! Obviously after being hugely gutted we couldn't go home with the rest of our class.

CrohnicallyHungry Tue 13-May-14 14:54:59

If she was in 'a meeting' then that could be anything and may not have been planned.

For example, there could have been a safeguarding issue to deal with (like a child making a disclosure), or a behavioural one (a child intentionally injuring another). Both of those are emergencies that need dealing with sensitively and as soon as possible.

Newlywed2013 Tue 13-May-14 16:10:01

Is it possible that the teacher who was stuck in a meeting is the child protection officer for the school and has been called to an urgent meeting that has arisen due to a child making a disclosure and a plan of action has to be in place by the end of the day for the safety of a child?

Ludways Tue 13-May-14 16:18:13

Once in a while I don't mind, on the last day of last term in DD got to watch Frozen as her house had won the house points awards thingy. I wouldn't like it if they did it a lot.

cricketballs Tue 13-May-14 17:32:02

There could be thousands of reasons that the teacher had an emergency. For example I once had to rush to collect my DS as he had put a chisel through his hand in DT! There was no one available to covet my class for 30 mins, so they had to go to the hall where the HT got them playing dodgeball whilst she continued to have a meeting (in the hall)!

Given that you said there were 60 children means at least 2 teachers missing which sounds like an emergency (despite you being at a small school there are things that will not hit the rumour mill).

The easiest excuse to give students "Mr/Mrs X is in a meeting" so I wouldn't give any credibility to the reason given to the children's reports

Raptorrrethy Tue 13-May-14 18:37:20

I live abroad, and there is a lot here about the education system which I dislike…however, if the teacher is away you have the option to keep your child at home if you want to. They do provide a temporary teacher but the choice is yours. I'm still waiting for both DCs' teachers to be absent on the same day so we can have an unexpected day together but it hasn't happened yet!

littledrummergirl Tue 13-May-14 18:44:03

Its sats week. Work in the morning and something fun in the afternoon.
What is more fun to a 7yr old than watching tv when you should be working?
It is also a good way to keep them quiet in a small space as the other dcs still working may well need the space.

mummytime Tue 13-May-14 19:08:41

I doubt she was "preping" for SATs. It could be they needed a trained supervisor and another teacher was off sick.

Waltonswatcher1 Tue 13-May-14 20:13:47

And what about just letting the kids play outside instead ?

I hate tv and wouldn't be happy with it used as a baby sitter in school .

AdorabeezleWinterpop Tue 13-May-14 20:28:08

I'd put money on SATs drama. We have had to draft in emergency invigilators (other class teachers) this week as
a) some children have had a stomach bug and have had to be isolated (so need more adults to supervise them).
b) two invigilators are off sick
c) one child has been panicky and needed extra support

Although I very rarely show films in school (max twice an academic year) they do serve a purpose and I have no doubt that the children will catch up with what they missed. I had to teach 60 children when the other Y6 teacher's car broke down - it's no fun!

BTW - my Y6 will most definitely be given the chance to watch a film on Friday!

feathermucker Wed 14-May-14 02:29:05

Completely fail to see the problem, I'm afraid. They need some downtime. It's a fun thing to do.

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now