I gained a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Biological Studies degree (which included primary teacher training) from The University of Leeds in July 1994. Since then I have taken every opportunity to engage in an ongoing programme of professional development. This helps me to continually update and improve my knowledge and understanding of how children, particularly younger children, play, learn and develop. This enables me to focus and plan a variety of early years learning experiences matched specifically to each child’s individual needs.
I started teaching at Percy Main Primary School as a Newly Qualified Teacher. Since qualifying in 2011, I have been working in Reception where my creative approach to teaching fits perfectly with the ethos of the EYFS. Before I began my career in teaching, I completed a degree in Criminology and Sociology at Northumbria University, and spent some time travelling abroad.
For me, the best thing about being a teacher is that each day brings with it a smile - whether it’s from an unintentionally funny comment, or seeing the look of pride in a child’s face when they have achieved something. Watching their confidence grow as they progress is a pleasure, and I am lucky to be in a position that influences this.
Following an eighteen year career in one of the UK’s leading bank I decided that my career ambitions lay in teaching. After gaining a BA in Humanities at the University of Newcastle in June 2007 I then complete a PGCE in June 2008. My first teaching post was at Oakfield Infant School in August 2008 working in Foundation and Key Stage 1.
I transferred to Percy Main Primary in February 2009 initially covering maternity leave in Year 3 then accepting a permanent post. I have actively continued to pursue further professional development opportunities to enable me to enhance my own skills and knowledge helping me create some innovative and inspiring lesson plans for the pupils to help them engage fully in the Year 1 curriculum; completing a Masters in Education and researching the benefits of Outdoor Learning. I have also helped to develop a fully integrated transition programme helping the children move smoothly from the Foundation Stage onto the first step in KS1 and a more formal structured learning programme. As an additional responsibility I, together with another member of staff, take the lead in organising and promoting our School Council which gives pupils the opportunity to have a greater say in matters that affect their school and wider lives.
After gaining a degree in Business Studies and working in the finance sector for four years I decided to follow my childhood ambition of becoming a teacher. I completed a PGCE course at the University of Northumbria, specialising in early years.
I joined Percy Main Primary School in September 2009 working as a Reception class teacher as part of the Foundation Stage Team.
Since returning from maternity leave I have engaged in a programme of intervention work with children in KS1. I have developed carefully constructed lesson plans focusing on the learning styles and individual needs of each child. This is an extremely rewarding role, seeing the children achieve their goals and grow in self-esteem and confidence.
As well as my intervention work I teach Science in Year 1 and am also responsible for the development of the SMSC (Social, Moral and Spiritual Curriculum) across the school.
I gained a BSc (Honours) in Psychology through the Open University programme in December 2003 then completed the PGCE in June 2005. I have worked at Percy Main Primary since September 2007.
I am a qualified Reading Recovery teacher and have been working with children in years 1 and 2 to become more proficient in reading and writing. This is an intense programme working 1 to 1 with individual pupils for 30 minutes on a daily basis. Results have shown that all children involved achieve accelerated progress in their reading and writing and that they continue to flourish once they resume their time in the classroom. This year I am teaching Year 4 full-time.
I am currently the Art Coordinator and take an active role in developing the Arts across all year groups. Our school achieved the Gold Arts Mark Award in May 2012. I also organise art events such our annual Christmas card designs and summer art projects. I also organise our Christmas and Summer fairs for the pupils and local community.
I run the popular after school craft club with help from staff and older pupils. In addition I have also run our dance club in preparation for the yearly North Tyneside Dance Festival.
I also share responsibility for overseeing the School Council which provides an important platform for the children to share their thoughts, concerns, ideas and wishes with staff. We run a healthy Snack Shack during the summer months.
For the last few years, I have taught in Year 4 and I feel that my commitment to this year group helped me to develop the curriculum, tailored with a programme of related educational visits. This year I have moved to Year 3 in the afternoons and will continue teaching Maths in Year Six in the mornings.
My own personal interest in maths has helped me instigate a creative and positive approach to the teaching of maths throughout the school, which is now taught in a more hands-on practical way, incorporating cross-curricular links where appropriate.
I completed my degree at the University of York in July 1999 and my love of maths was the inspiration behind my choice of course, i.e. BA in Mathematics with Qualified Teacher Status. I joined the staff at Percy Main in February 2004 after covering the Year 4 class on a supply basis for a year. In 2010 I became involved with an organisation called COCO (Comrades of Children Overseas) which works on developing education and healthcare initiatives in the 3rd world. Through this involvement I travelled to Africa in the summer of 2011 to share many new and exciting teaching strategies with the teachers in a Tanzanian school, with the aim of helping them improve standards in their classrooms.
I joined Percy Main in September 2010. Previously I was employed at St Albans Primary School in Walkerdene working with a mixed group of Year 3 & 4 pupils. I am very interested in History and achieved a BA in the subject at the University of Lancaster in July 2004. Following this I complete a PGCE at the University of Northumbria in June 2008. I am also a keen sports enthusiast and appreciate the benefits that sport can bring to children; this has led me to take on the responsibility of PE Coordinator. Although the staff at Percy Main have always been committed to promoting sport within its curriculum, I feel that my own love of sport has raised the profile of the subject across the school. To enhance the sporting experiences available to our pupils I have also developed some professional partnerships with other sports staff from other local schools, these have provided us with opportunities of competing in several interschool tournaments.
I also have responsibility for developing ICT across the school. As a school we believe that ICT transcends all subject areas and is pivotal to engaging the pupils in a board based curriculum which will help them meet future challenges with confidence and self-reliance.
Having worked in the private sector for eleven years after graduating from university I decided to have a change in career. I completed the Graduate Teacher Programme in 2007 while working at Christ Church C of E Primary School. Following that I joined the team at Percy Main Primary in September 2007, teaching year 5 and being subject leader for MFL. I started working with our School Improvement Team in 2010 in order to develop a more rich and diverse curriculum. This work has included the successful completion of two Creative Partnerships projects along with the development of relationships and a range of projects with a broad range of creative organisations. This role continues to evolve and is central to my current leadership responsibilities which include: Creative Curriculum leadership and being Key Stage Two Manager. I have taught in year 6 for five years, enjoying the challenges of delivering an exciting curriculum whilst preparing the class for SAT’s.