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A Big Welcome to Alice Smith Reception Teacher

Posted: 9th February 2021 | Category: EYFS

A Big Welcome to Alice Smith Reception Teacher

We are delghted to welcome Mrs Smith who is covering Reception whilst Mrs Ward is on maternity leave. We asked her a few questions about what attracted her to Skippers.

What attracted you to the role at Skippers?

Having moved from London, the Skippers grounds first caught my attention - the amount of space at the school is incredible, I cannot wait to be able to incorporate outdoor learning into my teaching practise. I also love the friendly and welcoming environment and how all the children clearly love the variety of learning opportunities that Skippers has to offer. I am looking forward to getting involved not just with the academics, but the sport, music, drama and art! 

What skills and experience can you bring to Skippers?

I have been fortunate enough to teach in a variety of schools across the country from Bath to Birmingham to London, and now Sussex. I have been a teacher for 7 years and have taught across both key stages, gaining a good understanding of assessment, and therefore a good knowledge of the expectations required for all children academically. 

I love English and drama, and in a previous school developed the English curriculum across the whole school, encouraging children to bring their imagination to life through their writing using a variety of resources and technology. I look forward to working in a school where a lot of new technology and resources are available to promote a positive learning experience. 

 Why did you decide to become a teacher?

I have always wanted to be a teacher, and have it on record from when I was in year 1!  My 1996 school yearbook states: ‘I love fish fingers and peas, and want to be a teacher like Mrs Howard when I grow up!’ My mum was also an EYFS practitioner, and I used to spend my school holidays helping her in the playgroup. I have always loved the idea of working with children, creating classroom environments that promote exciting opportunities for learning and allowing all children to succeed. 

 What’s the best thing about being a teacher?

I think the best thing about being a teacher is that no day is the same. You learn new things everyday, and you can create fun and exciting experiences so that the children love learning too. I love that you can see children grow and develop and are an integral part of their growing up, providing them with experiences that hopefully they will never forget. 

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

In my spare time, I love spending time with my family and friends; playing with my toddler, who loves trains! Going for walks on the downs, playing netball, running and trying to bake cakes! 

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