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.
Oak Class – Autumn 2018
During this Autumn Term 2018, we are extending our knowledge on number, place value and number problems in Maths, specifically concentrating on representing numbers in different ways and getting more confident with our problem-solving skills.
In English we are learning about fables and the messages they communicate. Through fables we are learning how to write direct speech and use conjunctions to extend our sentences. It is that time of year when we learn about Harvest and give thanks; we will be reading various traditional poems and choosing our favourite to read in church later this month. We will be reading some familiar stories and rewriting them in our own style vying to become budding authors. This is in anticipation of meeting Tom Fletcher at the Octagon theatre later this term.
We have been learning about Egypt in topic as well as having French and ICT lessons. Our PE lessons are with Mr White and we are learning some tag rugby skills 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 continue to do Forest School type activities based on team building activities through cooperation and friendship-based tasks.
Chestnut Class – Autumn 2018
We have begun the new school year full of enthusiasm and excitement about what this term will bring. Whilst some of us are moving up from Reception into Year 1 in Chestnut Class, others are beginning their life-long journey in education – our new Reception children have settled in remarkably quickly into the daily routines of school life.
As we move into shorter days and longer nights and all that Autumn shows us, we will be looking at how the weather changes as we move through the seasons. We will also be looking at how we celebrate Harvest Festival, Halloween and Bonfire Night!
We are going to be extending our knowledge of stories incorporating Traditional Tales such as Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and The Gingerbread Man into our Design and Technology by making ‘sliders,’ ‘levers’ and ‘wheels’ to make the stories more interesting.
We are also experimenting with colours through our Art, by looking at the Primary Colours, how to mix colours, using tints and shades and having a go at creating our own artwork based on the drip paintings of Jackson Pollock.
As always, the Autumn term is a long one but it will soon be time to start rehearsing for our two performances in December. Is it too early to mention Christmas? Never!
Maple Class – Autumn 2018
The children in Maple Class have come back after the summer break with a positive attitude to their learning and they are looking forward to the increasing independence that being in a Year Two class offers.
In English, we will start with ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’ in which the children will learn what is needed to create their own narrative, thinking carefully about characters and settings. We will also look at the text ‘The Dragon Machine’ to further improve our fiction writing. For the non-fiction element of writing we will be writing our own instructions and diary entries.
In Maths, we will start our learning with Number and Place Value. We will then move on to look at Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division and also Money. Embedded within the Maths curriculum this year will be problem solving and reasoning and we will be applying our new mathematical knowledge in different contexts.
In Science, we will be learning all about everyday materials and investigating which materials are the best for a particular use.
As part of our History topic, we will be learning about the Great Fire of London. We with then be linking this with English when we write our own diary entries, imagining that we were alive during the Great Fire. This topic will also be linked to DT as we are designing and creating our own Tudor Houses.
In Geography, we are learning all about the UK, exploring the different countries, surrounding seas and landmarks.
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 – Autumn 2018
In Sycamore class, this Autumn, we shall be exploring many exciting themes within our learning with a focus on World War 1.
This theme will be explored on a cross-curricular basis. Investigating the causes in history, the European landscape in geography and reading the fantastic book War Horse, for English work. The children will have many learning opportunities and time to investigate the subject deeply. Everything from trench life to the role of women in the war. Who was Frans Ferdinand? Well they can tell you.
In addition to this, the children will enjoy our annual term swimming at Golden Stones and take advantage of the new PE coach for sports.
In science, through investigations, the children will be exploring the uses and properties of materials through designing their own scientific investigations.
I am sure the children in Sycamore class will have a wonderful term with the exciting activities planned and don’t forget on top of all this it will be Christmas as well.