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 – Summer 2019
This half term will have an emphasis on People Who Help Us. We will be using the following texts to base our writing on: Mr. Gumpy’s Outing, The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch, Franklin Goes to the Hospital, Burglar Bill, Topsy and Tim: Go to the Doctor.
We will be looking at the history of Kings and Queens to compare life from different periods in time. In science we will be learning about Animals including humans and learn to identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense.
As part of our religious education we will look further into what Christians believe about love. All of this learning will be enjoyed alongside fun activities outdoors as the weather starts to improve.
Maple Class – Summer 2019
Maple Class have returned from the Easter break with a great attitude to their learning and with an excitement for the chance to show off all their knowledge in the KS1 SATS. We will be enjoying plenty of opportunity to practise our prior learning as well as learning some new topics over the Summer term. We also have a new member of the class starting this term so we are all very excited.
In Maths, we will be exploring deeper the topics of fractions, position and direction, measurement, time and problem solving.
In English, we will be reading ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers and using Talk for Writing to write our own narratives based on the story. We are becoming brilliant readers and because we are reading so much, we will be taking the opportunity to write our own book reviews. We have already written some ‘pen pal’ letters to a class of children in a Rwandan school and we are now eagerly waiting to hear back from them. Whilst we wait, our Geography topic is ‘Safari’ where we will be learning all about what it is like to live in Africa. In addition to this, we will be finding out about some of the ‘Great Explorers’ during History lessons.
In RE, we will be learning about Nature and God, thinking about the creation story and how different stories in other religions can teach us how to care for our planet.
For DT, we will be focusing on the topic ‘Sensational Salads’ and producing some great dishes with fruit and vegetables whilst learning all about healthy eating.
In Art, we will be studying LS Lowry and hoping to produce our very own pieces of artwork based on his style.
Finally, in Science we will be learning all about animals (including humans), life Cycles and living things and their habitats.
We also have some opportunities for Forest School this term and we plan on getting outside as much as we can. Our sporty class members are already looking forward to Sports Day towards the end of the term.
Oak Class – Summer 2019
Oak class thoroughly enjoyed our Easter Holiday, we all ate far too many chocolate eggs though! We are ready for another action-packed term, with exciting learning opportunities ahead…
Maths continues to challenge us all, we are still learning and remembering our multiplication facts; the Year 4’s are looking forward to the challenge of The Governments new multiplication test later this month! We have started money and will go on to learn about statistics then time.
We have read Mr Stink already this half term and as a class we thoroughly enjoyed the story and then drafting and writing our own versions. We are going on to Millionaire boy and will be going on to persuasive writing exploring different types of advertising. We end the term learning about stories from other cultures. Some topics this term are; geography- travelling around the world to North America to discover traditions, culture and facts about the amazing landscape. We are researching electricity in Physics and Anglo Saxons and Scottish heritage in History.
Towards the end of term, we will be learning about some interesting artwork by British Artists and hoping to produce our own masterpieces with Fruit and Vegetables.
Forest School is back this term, we will incorporate the school garden and try to plant and grow some summer vegetables. We will be studying nutrition in biology and so will think about the health benefits of eating our home grown vegetables.
We are studying the rainforests in geography and already we are very knowledgeable about The Equator and The Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.
We look forward to seeing you at sports day towards the end of term.
Sycamore Class – Summer 2019
In Sycamore class, we have a fun packed Summer ahead, once the tests are over. Until then we shall be working hard to prepare Year 6 for SATs and Year 5 for their end of year assessments.
However, one bright star on the horizon is our long awaited, trip to London in May. We shall be visiting the Globe Theatre and the Houses of Parliament.
After half term, we return to our normal timetable. Lots of exciting English topics to cover, with a focus on William Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. This will also be used for our end of year play which will take place sometime in June.
For our topic and science work, we will be focussing on our environment. We will be investigating village history, planning and mapping in Geography and looking at local wildlife for our Science: living things and their habitats.
Not forgetting, change-up day, sports day, summer fete and residential, it looks like a pretty packed programme ahead.