I started my Headship at Barwick and Stoford in September 2011, this is my first post as a Headteacher and I am loving everything that it brings!
I have been teaching at Barwick and Stoford CP School since 2003. I began teaching in Year 5 and 6 and over the years have slowly worked my way through the school and am now having lots of fun with the children in Reception and Year 1. I found my way into Yeovil through marrying into the Fleet Air Arm Division of the Royal Navy. I have a son called James who, quite frankly, has been able to tell the difference between a Lynx, a Wessex, a Chinook, a Sea King and a Wild Cat since he could point and gurgle! My husband, Baz, and I are members of a charitable association called the Sporting Bears whose motto is ‘Caring with Cars.’ We spend many weekends off and about raising money for children’s charities including Barnardo’s and Children in Need. To date, the Sporting Bears as a whole have raised over £1.25 million through Dream Rides and events over the past 26 years. Another hobby of mine is baking. By no means am I good enough for the Great British Bake Off, but I can make a mean chocolate cake and James’ birthdays are the perfect opportunity to test new recipes – this year it was a chocolate and vanilla BB8 cake (for all you Star Wars fans out there!) I look forward to many more years teaching at Barwick as there is a lovely family feel to the school and we are so lucky to have the space that we have for inside and outdoor learning. I feel very privileged to teach the children that come to our school and love watching them grow up, see their personalities emerge and sending them off into the big, wide world.
I have always had a passion for learning and working with children, therefore getting into teaching has always been a dream of mine. I qualified as a teacher in 2014 after spending several years as a teaching assistant working in both Suffolk and Somerset. I enjoy anything a little adventurous and learning new skills. I am currently working towards gaining my PADI Scuba diving certificates as well as training through the FA to gain my Level one youth football coaching qualification. I grab every opportunity I can to get outdoors with my two children, Chloe and Fin. I enjoy walking and discovering new places, especially along our beautiful south coast. Since visiting Rwanda back in 2009, I have been involved with a charity that enables disadvantaged children to gain access to education and I am lucky enough to be returning there this year. Several projects are currently underway and it is great to be a part of that. I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the team here at Barwick and Stoford primary.
Having recently changed career path, I have, at long last, taken up a career in teaching which has been my life long passion. I am thoroughly enjoying my new class and meeting the challenges it brings. Outside of school I enjoy surfing and camping with friends and family. I enjoy travelling most, now that my children are older and we are able to go further afield.
I am thoroughly enjoying working with all the children and staff at Barwick and Stoford School and feel extremely fortunate to have been given this opportunity.
I love being outside and really enjoy playing sport, I feel very strongly about encouraging children to both enjoy learning outside and playing sport and keeping fit.
I have three children who have all had positive journeys through school and are now at university and my eldest son Tom has gone on to be a teacher. I feel so fortunate that they all loved their school time and am enjoying being able to be a positive part of your child’s educational journey.
Chestnut Class – Summer 2018
We, in Chestnut Class, are looking forward to the temperature rising over the next few weeks so we can get some beans planted and show how good we are at looking after the things in our environment. We have already been hunting around for Minibeasts in the school garden and have been linking our experiences to popular stories like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Norman, The Slug With The Silly Shell, Aargh Spider! and Mad About Minibeasts.
Not only are we looking at the environment outside of our window, we are also going to be exploring how people live in China making good use of Google Earth to see The Great Wall of China and cooking some Chinese food.
We are also looking forward to Sports’ Day later on in the term and our school trip out.
Maple Class – Spring 2018
In Maple Class, we have returned from the half-term eager and ready to begin our new class story of ‘The Disgusting Sandwich’ written by Gareth Edwards and Hannah Shaw. We will be making our very own disgusting sandwiches and writing instructions as well as a narrative text. We will also be learning how to put speech into our stories.
In Mathematics, we will be looking at measurement. This will include telling the time, measuring in m, cm and mm, measuring capacity and weight/mass.
Our topic work will continue with ‘The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain’ and we will be making our own mosaic patterns. In RE, we will be looking at Judaism and after learning all about the UK in Geography in the Autumn Term, we will now move further afield to focus on the continent of Europe.
Oak Class – Summer 2018
Summer Term is upon us and we continue to be extremely busy!
We are consolidating our learning from the Autumn and Spring Terms in order to sit our assessment papers during SAT’s week. We will be continuing times table revision, fractions, and revisiting measurement as well as our daily diet of arithmetic. We will be solving one step and two step word problems both practically and in our Maths books.
During English lessons we are currently reading Fairy Tales and re writing our own twisted versions which are fabulous. We have used a lot of imagination and sharing of ideas it really has been great fun!
We will be reading The Rainbow Bear by Michael Morpurgo, Zoo by Anthony Browne and The Ice Bear by Nicola Davies next. We will be deciding if Zoo’s are good or bad? The children will look at information to help them decide their own opinion on this matter, beginning with Zoo and Rainbow Bear before moving on to analysing different persuasive writing. We will then take part in a classroom debate.
During PE we will be concentrating on athletics until sports day, focusing particularly on team work and cooperation. We will then do tennis, rounders and have some fun before we break up for the summer holidays.
Sycamore Class – Summer 2018