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 – Spring 2018
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 – Spring 2018
We have a very short Spring Term and a lot to cover in these 10 weeks so Oak class will be extremely busy! We continue to diligently practise our times tables and are beginning to use this knowledge whilst learning about fractions, ordering, comparing and adding them. We will be weighing, measuring and comparing then solving problems using all these newly acquired skills.
During English lessons we are reading Stig of the Dump and will be diary writing and writing creatively using the text as a basis to these skills. We will be writing some poetry in the last week of this half term and will be performing our creations at Well Done assembly.
During the second half of the term we will be thinking about letter writing and improving our creative writing in order to write our own adventure story based around Stig of the Dump and a text of the children’s choice.
Our PE lessons are all about Dance and movement we have started yoga and will be stretching our bodies before we start to choreograph our own moves to music.
Sycamore Class – Spring 2018
With this Spring term being very short, we have a lot to get through and I’m sure the children are up for the challenge. Here in Sycamore, we will be digesting Harry Potter and the Philosophers stone. This will include a wonderful Class trip to Warner Bros. studios early in the term, to inspire our writing and reading, giving us plenty of ideas and resources for the rest of the term.
In our Maths work we shall be investigating fractions, decimals and percentages and Year 6 will be exploring pie charts both reading and creating them.
In our topic work, we shall be heading down South America way… exploring human and physical features in our geography work, as well as discovering the source of chocolate and studying the Mayans, in history.
It promises to be an exciting and cross-curricular term ahead and I am sure both myself and the children will have fun along the way.