Miss Bishop (Reception teacher, EYFS leader)
I am now in my ninth year of teaching, after graduating from Sheffield Hallam in 2012 with a BA Hons in Early Years Education. I have worked in childcare settings since the age of 17 and previous to teaching at Ash Green, I have taught both Y1 and EYFS in two Stoke on Trent schools. Teaching Early Years is my passion, and I am so lucky to be able to say that I absolutely love everything about my job. During my teaching career, I have been fortunate enough to develop my skills as a leader, alongside supporting others with developing subject knowledge and their own teaching abilities. I work hard to be the best teacher that I can and will always look to develop my own skills in order to provide the best knowledge, education and care for the children that I work with. I am a firm believer that the EYFS is such an important stage in any child’s educational journey and is fundamental to developing a positive attitude to school life. I believe that if we can support children by instilling a love of learning from a young age, children can reach their potential and achieve anything that they like! Teaching is an immensely rewarding career and I could not be more proud to be a part of the Ash Green Primary Academy family. My time at Ash Green has already been incredibly supportive and has developed my teaching and leadership skills immensely, I look forward to embracing my next challenge as Assistant Head Teacher and supporting all within EYFS & KS1 with achieving the best, together.
Mrs Chell (Early Years Professional- EYP)
Hello my name is Mrs Chell, I have been part of Ash Green Primary School for almost twenty years. After having my two children, who also attended the school, I was inspired by the morale and fantastic teaching provided for the children and decided to join the Ash Green family. I first volunteered in the Nursery whilst obtaining my NVQ Level 2 and 3 in Childcare and Education. Having had experience in Year 1 and Year 2 and after spending a number of years in Reception, this has enabled me to bring my knowledge into the Nursery setting by being aware of the next steps. As my background is in art and design I use my skills to help every child to be creative and to explore their individuality and most of all have fun, whilst learning new skills in all areas of their development. I truly believe in our school statement: “Achieving the best together”.
Miss Shacklady (Reception teacher, P.E leader)
Born in Southport, I moved to Stoke-on-Trent to do a Law degree at Keele University. I then enjoyed working with families in a child protection role for three years, before re-training for my PGCE at Nottingham University in 2015. Here, I specialised in EYFS and KS1. I then undertook my first year of teaching in Year One in a school in Nottinghamshire. I joined Ash Green in 2017 where the children are exceptional, and every day is an adventure. I am particularly enthusiastic about immersive, active learning using multi-sensory approaches and the outdoors wherever possible. I think that a day without fun and laughter is a day wasted! I lead PE in school alongside Mr Wignall and Miss Gurney.
I am so very thrilled to be joining the Early Years team for September! I will work hard to facilitate a happy and smooth transition from Nursery or home to Reception. I am passionate about supporting children to have a positive self-image and to be independent, confident, happy, curious, caring and to feel valued and proud of their achievements. I promise to foster a warm and welcoming environment for children and their families.
Miss Pearce (Early Years Professional- EYP)
Hi, I’m Miss Pearce and this will be my 3rd year at Ash Green, I am currently the Rabbit key worker in Nursery. I’ve worked in Nursery settings for the past 15 years and I am a Level 5 Early Years Practitioner. My passion has always been EYFS and making sure that our ‘little people’ get the best possible start to their school life, while planting those seeds for a love of learning! Another passion of mine is working with SEN children and parents to ensure that they also have what they need to achieve the best of their abilities while accessing the same level of education as everybody else. I have recently gained an EYFS SENCO (special education needs coordinator) qualification and hope to put this to good use with Ash Green! I am always learning and trying to further my knowledge in order to provide better opportunities for all that I work with. If you ask some of my current children (and colleagues…) they may say I’m a little crazy- but all of the best people are!
Starting in Red Reception
Year Group Information
Helpful links to support home learning:
Phonics Play www.phonicsplay.co.uk
Purple Mash https://www.purplemash.com
Doorway Online https://www.doorwayonline.org.uk
ICT Games www.ictgames.com This has a very good range of Phonics, Maths and Literacy games and they are all free!
Top Marks www.topmarks.co.uk As above, many great games for children in Early Years and KS1.
Crick Web www.crickweb.co.uk Loads more great free games!
Oxford Owl www.oxfordowl.co.uk Lots of free E-Books to support reading
Tux Paint is an online painting programme that is free to download, children love it and it is great for teaching early computing skills! http://www.tuxpaint.org/