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We are a kind and inquisitive group of year 1 children, who love to be busy investigating and learning a variety of new things! We enjoy working and playing together and you will often find us learning outside. We love listening to stories of all kinds and are keen to choose books from the class library to share at home.
We are a fantastic class team and regularly discuss and emulate the behaviours of being a ‘kind kingfisher’; which links to our school values.
Here in Kingfishers at St Mary’s, we strive hand in hand to thrive and be independent, curious learners – come back to see what we’ve been discovering!
I am delighted to be joining the incredible EYFS and Key Stage One team this year where I will be working in Kingfishers Class Wednesday-Friday.
I have a degree in International Fashion business and spent three years working as a designer for a sportswear brand. However, after spending many afternoons and school holidays in my mother’s classroom when I was growing up, I decided to follow my heart and undertook my PGCE at Worcester University. During my time working in London, I also completed my NPQSL at The University College London Institute of Education. English is my favourite subject and I absolutely love learning new words! I think it is paramount that children have access to learning new vocabulary so that they have the tools to express their thoughts, feelings and ideas.
During my time away from the classroom, I love spending time with my family, going for long walks, painting and, of course, reading! I also love exploring new parks with our daughter, Ari who loves nothing more than testing out all the different swings and slides on offer.
Some of my favourite children’s books include: The Rainbow Bird and The Bear and the Piano because I enjoy learning about how characters can overcome their problems. I very much look forward to sharing my library of picture books with you and creating our own stories too.
Next year is going to be full of fantastic learning and I cannot wait to meet you all.
I’m very excited to be joining the EYFS and KS1 team at St Mary’s. My journey to become a teacher came sometime after I gained my degree and it wasn’t until my eldest daughter, Beatrix was two that I started training to be a teacher. I have worked in schools in North Yorkshire and Oxfordshire.
I still have wonderful memories of my primary school days and remember meeting Benjamin Zephaniah the poet.
I was also lucky enough to meet Shirley Hughes (one of my favourite authors) who signed a copy of a book I love—Dogger. I love sharing a book with my girls, especially before bedtime. I look forward to hearing about the books you like and hope we may get to meet an author.
My time at home with my family is precious and I love spending it with my husband, my girls and our extended family. I previously taught in Year 3 here at St Mary’s in Magpies Class. We were called Magpies because I support Newcastle United, who are known by that name.
I know we will enjoy the interesting projects that have been planned and I look forward to learning, transforming and growing alongside you.
Our Approach to Year 1
From the very start of their St Marys School journey, our children show us that play is our brain’s favourite way of learning, which is why it’s the centre of our EYFS and KS1 curriculum. We believe that continuous provision helps independent, inquisitive and motivated learners to flourish by meeting the language, social, emotional and physical needs of our children.
Continuous provision at St Mary's enables children from all backgrounds to have the same opportunities, providing a rich variety of practical experiences. Children are encouraged to take responsibility for extending and practicing what they have been learning and complete challenges which are designed to foster and ignite their curiosity. Children are taught to use life-long skills such as perseverance, problem solving and responsibility in their day to day routine and plan their own learning enquiries. The flexibility and ownership that children have of their learning means that opportunities can be easily adapted to meet the specific needs of each individual child – no matter what their starting point.
Phonics is taught daily in a group that is working on a specific set of sounds according to the ability of the child. Each session has a distinct structure and utilises Read Write Inc (RWI). The children take home a RWI book each week to re-read and develop fluency.
Phonics support continues for as long as a child requires it.
Hear Our Voice, Autumn 2 Project
For the first part of this term our project is called 'Hear Our Voice'. We will be asking the question 'How should we stand up for our beliefs?'. As part of our project we will be looking at Guy Fawkes and Martin Luther King.
To help us answer this question we will use the key texts 'Martin's Big Words' by Doreen Rappaport and 'Guy Fawkes' by Stephen White-Thomson.
We will be launching our project by creating props to tell the story of the Gun Powder Plot and having a big bonfire on the school field. We will be sharing our learning on the school blog! This topic links to our learning from last term where we examined responsibility, and how our own actions impact our immediate environment.
'Hear Our Voice' builds on our previous History learning during our Reception Year where we thought about the significant people and events in our own lives. This project builds on previous learning by getting us to think about how we can learn from the lives and choices of others outside our lived experiences.
Our linked texts are
Look at some of the links below to find out more.
Resources to support our 'Hear Our Voice' project.