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 – 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 – Spring 2019
Oak class would like to wish you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year! We are ready for another action-packed term, with exciting learning opportunities ahead…
Maths continues to challenge us all, especially learning and remembering our multiplication facts so we can keep solving problems within each maths topic. We are still learning to represent numbers in different ways and will need that skill as we tackle fractions and decimals in the coming weeks. We are also honing our measuring skills and will be drawing shapes accurately in order to calculate perimeter and area.
English this term has started with non-chronological report writing; we are talking Hogwarts in Harry Potter and researching The Studio Tour. We must produce information leaflets and are learning some very interesting facts about how the Castle was built ready for the films. We will also be reading and writing about Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl and then exploring different poems by British Authors and Poets.
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 some interesting artwork by British Artists and hoping to produce our own masterpieces.
Forest School will be taking a low-key approach this term as the weather dictates how long we can stay outside due to temperature! But we will revisit during the second half of term and into the Summer Term.
We would also like to welcome Miss Jagla to Oak class for 10 weeks, as she finishes her teaching degree. She is currently studying at Plymouth University and has requested a placement with us in Year 3/4. We hope to support her and help her to succeed in her ambition to become a class teacher.
Sycamore Class – Spring 2019
This Spring term, we are explorers!!
In Sycamore class, we shall be exploring many exciting themes within our learning with a focus on the world and the Tudors.
This theme will be explored on a cross-curricular basis. Investigating the continual changing of Kings and Queens in the Tudor period, the physical Earth in Geography and reading the fantastic book The Explorer. The children will have many learning opportunities and time to investigate the subject deeply. Everything from the rise of the Tudors in the 1400’s to explorers like Drake, in Elizabethan times.
In addition to this, the children will enjoy making a replica solar system for Design Technology as well as investigating the outer reaches of the known Universe in Science.
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 Easter as well.