I started my teaching career at St Andrew’s Primary School in September 2016 and have worked in both Year 5 and Year 6.
After leaving Sixth Form, I studied Law at The University of Central Lancashire over three years and received a 2:1 Honours degree. I then decided that I needed some time away from studying so started work in the hospitality industry. I begin working as a barista in a cafe come restaurant in Whalley where I quickly progressed to managing a team of over 15 people. After a couple of years, I finally realised that teaching was the profession that I wanted to have an impact in. I applied to train through the PGCE route at The University of Cumbria in Lancaster, which would turn out to be a year of hard work, dedication, lots of travelling and working 2 jobs around studying. I loved it though and I haven’t looked back.
Upper key stage 2 has been a brilliant experience for me as a teacher over the past five years, and I am looking forward to another exciting year in Class 6a. I am continuing to lead Literacy at St. Andrew’s, which includes Reading, Writing, SPaG and phonics; I am also mentoring Mr Hartley through his early teaching career and I look forward to guiding him through his first year as a class teacher.
On a personal note, I enjoy playing netball and am a keen cyclist. I have two dogs who love to accompany me on walks and jogs. I look forward to finally getting married in April after having the day delayed for two years.
This year I am excited to be taking on the role of teaching assistant in year 6, and I am looking forward to working alongside Miss Makey and supporting all of the year 6 children. I have been a teaching assistant for 29 years, the last 4 of these at St Andrews. In my spare time, I enjoy keeping fit and doing lots of walking.
Homework will be handed out on a weekly basis. Children will be sent home with weekly English and Maths work. This will relate directly to what we have been learning in class or what we will be learning the week after.
Homework will be handed out on a Friday and must be returned by Wednesday at the latest. I will be running a homework club on Tuesday playtimes for children that have found completion of the given tasks difficult.
For each Topic we cover there may also be a project to complete. This will involve research and creating a presentation to put on display in the classroom.
Reading books will be chosen by the children in class and can be taken home to read at their own pace. The children will be responsible for changing their books. We will also be completing daily reading with the children in school and have a class novel which will also be read daily.
This year we have PE on a Tuesday and a Friday. Please ensure that your child has their correct, full PE kit in school on these days with pumps that fit in case we decide to work outside.
At the end of Year 6, children take their SATs tests along with children from primary schools across the country. This year, the children will be taking their SATs tests in reading, writing, maths and SPaG. These will be taking place in the week commencing 9th May 2022 over four days. As a class, we will be doing lots of preparation for these as well as ensuring that we keep our lessons exciting and engaging so that the children remain motivated, enthused and eager learners. Closer to the time, homework will have more of a focus on testing to allow the children to get used to the way questions are set out.
If you have anything that you need to discuss, please don’t hesitate to come into school and speak to us or send a message via Class Dojo.
Thank you for your continued support in assisting in your child’s education and development.