Miss Bishop (Red Reception, 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 education for the children in my care. The EYFS is such an important stage in any child’s educational journey, 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 happier to be a part of the Ash Green Primary Academy family!
Mrs Parsons (Blue Reception)
I am in my 13th year of teaching. I came into teaching after working within the business sector and realising it wasn't for me. I completed my PGCE at MMU and haven't looked back since. I have been lucky enough to have taught across the key stages, giving me valuable insight as to where children need to be, teaching in Key Stage One and Two before being given the opportunity to teach within the early years. This was when I discovered my passion lies within the early years, supporting and enabling children to learn and develop and nurturing their curiosity. I have taught within Reception and Nursery and love watching children blossom and grow both educationally and emotionally. The early years are the ground work for the future and it is here that I can honestly say that all staff in the early years have the children 's best interest at heart. We work on providing children with the best start, building on their skills, enabling them to explore the world around them promoting their inner inquisitiveness and building a love of learning. We are here as a team to support your child and you.
What we are learning this term...
What we're learning this term
This term, Reception will be using the text 'Dear Greenpeace' as a starting point to investigate animals from around the world, looking carefully at their habitats and how each environment is different.
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/
Helpful documents to support parents:
Our Reception memories so far...
We had a fantastic day celebrating 'World Book Day' 2020. The day began by welcoming author Graham McLachlan into our class to hear him read his fantastic story "The Pottery Painter's Mouse". It is a wonderful story about a pottery painter and a magical mouse that changed his paintings and his life and reminds us that kindness is so important. Listening to Graham read the story was a real treat and something that I am sure the children will remember for a long time!
Our celebrations continued throughout the day as we welcomed some amazing grandparents into our classroom. Together we shared "The Pottery Painter's Mouse" and had a go at completing some fantastic activities linked to the story. We really love reading in Reception and we hope our grandparents enjoyed every minute of the specula day!
Check out our photos, we had a great time pretending that we work for Emma Bridgewater...I'm sure they would like to sell some of our amazing plates!