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Miss Bishop (Reception teacher, EYFS leader, Assistant Headteacher)

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 Murphy (Reception teacher & P4C 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 to teach at Nottingham University. I joined Ash Green in 2017 where the children are exceptional, and every day is an adventure. I have taught in Reception, Year 1 and Year 3. 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 P4C and staff wellbeing in school.

At Ash Green, we 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.

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 Plant (Early Years Professional- EYP)

Hi everyone, my name is Miss Plant. I have been a part of Ash Green for 15 years now. I started by volunteering in the nursery whilst doing my NVQ level 2 in childcare and the following year I completed my NVQ level 3 in childcare. I am currently an EYP in Reception and I have been in there for 11 years this year. My passion is in Early Years and helping our children to become readers and writers. Every child matters and every child has their very own amazing personalities.  I am also fully qualified  in paediatric first aid. Every member of staff at Ash Green has the children’s best interests at heart and I couldn’t be more proud of being a part of the ‘Ash Green family’. I can’t wait for many more happy years!

Mrs Crawford (Early Years Professional- EYP)

Hello I’m Mrs Crawford, 

I’m so happy to be part of the Ash Green Family ,since moving to Stoke on Trent with my family in 2017 it has been a dream of mine to work at Ash Green I love the ethos of the school and how much fun and life experiences are valued. I knew it was the perfect school for me and my children to be apart of. I graduated in 2012 with a degree in Early Childhood Studies and since then I’ve worked in a variety settings with children from birth all the way up to year 3, these experiences have taught me how best to support children in the next stages of their development .
I love working in Early years, I love getting messy and creative. You will often find me covered in glitter or with a paintbrush in my hand.
Hearing children laugh is music to my ears and I really enjoy having fun and I’m a bit of a big kid myself!
I can’t wait to make memories with you all.

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/