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 – Autumn 2017
Maple Class – Summer 2017
During the Summer term, Maple class have a new Science topic – Living things and their habitats. We will be classifying animals, investigating different habitats, looking at life cycles and learning about adaptation.
In English, we are writing adventure stories based on traditional tales and writing explanation and information texts about living things to make links with our learning in Science.
In Maths, we will be working hard in preparation for SATs as well as looking at applying the mathematical knowledge we have built up throughout the school year, to solve word problems.
Our Geographical learning will enable us to gain knowledge of Africa and learn about the differences and similarities between the countries in this continent and the UK.
During PE lessons, we will be making the most of the warmer weather and getting outside to learn about team games, looking at netball, rounders, football and hockey.
We are also all looking forward to the whole school visit to Longleat near the end of term.
Oak Class – Autumn 2017
During this Autumn Term we are extending our knowledge on number, place value and number problems in Maths.
During English lessons we are looking at some different poetry and learning some poems to recite at the Harvest Festival. We will be reading various traditional texts in order to rewrite and compose our own stories and after meeting Cressida Cowell we are all extremely motivated and excited to become authors.
We have been learning about rocks in topic and are beginning to learn about The United Kingdom too.
Our PE lessons are all about fitness and learning to keep up our physical activity to improve our own personal fitness. We are also swimming this term and improving our stamina so we can try to swim at least 25m by the time we are in year 6.
We are preparing to get ready for our Christmas performances and will be excited to perform to our families at the end of term.
Sycamore Class – Summer 2017