Valley View Community Primary School

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Key Stage 1 Team

  

Mrs J McMurrough

Leader of Learning,

Key Stage 1 Leader

and Derwent Class Teacher

 

I’ve been working in schools since 2006.  This is the third school that I have worked in having previously taught in schools in both Leeds and Bolton.

Every day in school is different so there is lots of variety in the job and that keeps it interesting.   The children are so unique, entertaining and passionate about learning and this drives me to prepare and teach lessons that are fun and engaging for all pupils.  Teaching allows me to use my creative skills and talents on a daily basis and I thoroughly enjoy each and every day in school.

I like being part of the whole school team and as Key Stage 1 leader I’m able to make a difference by leading others and sharing good practice.  I also enjoy being part of the school community and recognise the importance of the role of parents in their child’s education.  Having recently become a parent myself I fully understand how special each and every child is to their parent and family and this has confirmed the value of the job that I do on daily basis.

At my last school I got to work alongside my mum.  She taught me about dedication, hard work and resilience and made me the teacher I am today.

The word to describe me as a professional would be 'Dedicated'.

  

 

Miss A Benson

Y1 Calder Class Teacher

 

I have been working in schools since 2009 and at Valley View since 2013.

I love my job because I love working with children, everyday is different. I love watching children learn and grow, especially when they realise themselves they have learnt how to do something.

I don't have one particular moment, funny things happen quite often when working with 5 year olds! But my favourite moments are watching things which the children have been practising for a while, such as assemblies and nativity productions. I really love seeing how confident they are and watching them show off what they have learnt to their parents.

A word to describe me would be 'Dependable'.

 

 

 

Mrs J Cousins

Calder Class

Teaching Assistant

 

 

I have worked in schools since 2006 including voluntary/ employed.

I enjoy making a difference, seeing children grow in confidence and enjoy learning.

The best thing so far has been performing a 'Reach for the stars' song/ dance with a group of colleagues as a surprise leavers assembly for the Year 6 children and our Headteacher's retirement.

I am 'Adaptable'.

 

 

  

Mrs C Inman

Calder Class Teaching Assistant

 

I have worked in schools for 6 years.

The best thing about working in a school is the children – watching and helping them achieve their targets.I like the fact that every day is different and the children always make me smile.

A word to describe me would be: 'Dedicated'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs H Dutton

Calder & Deepdale

Class Teaching Assistant

 

I have worked in both preschool and Primary School since 2009.

What I like about being in school is working hard, being challenged and seeing pupils progress and achievements, not forgetting their humour. Plus in Valley View both staff and children are very caring for one another.

The best thing when working with a child for two years who was autistic. This child was such a willing, hard worker and absolutely hilarious. Many occasions there would be up roar due to the child's laugh! I will never forget this child's personality and what I learnt about autism myself.

A word to describe me is 'Dedicated'.

 

 

Mrs P Bissitt

Y1 Teaching Assistant

 

I have been working in schools since 2005.

No two days are ever the same in school. The school is an amazing learning environment made better by the natives (staff and pupils alike).

There have been WAY TOO MANY funniest moments, but the most recent... The pet piranha incident... I thought they said 'pet banana' this led to one of the funniest conversations with a 5 year old. 

The word that describes me as a professional is 'Stalwart' -old fashioned I know- but true!

 

 

 

 

Miss A Gaskell

Y1 Crimple Class

Teacher

 

I have been working in schools as a teacher since 2015, or since 2011 if you include training!

Working in a school brings new challenges everyday! You need to be ready for anything and everything that comes your way.

The best thing that has happened (or happens) whilst working in a school is meeting some incredible children and adults. It is wonderful when you find out that a child, parent or colleague has a certain skill, interest or hobby and you see them succeed in it.

The word that describes me as a professional is 'Organised!'

 

 

 

Mrs S Wells

Y1 Crimple Class

Teaching Assistant

 

I have worked in schools for 2 1/2 years.

What I like about working in schools is being challenged everyday and working with children of all ages.

The reason why I like working at Valley View is the commitment and high standards the school has of all the staff and children.

There have been many experiences I can smile at in my short time working in schools. One being a Year 3 student had been struggling with their maths for weeks but still persevered on, the moment they understood how to work the problem out and could do it again independently was fantastic. The student danced around the classroom telling everyone they knew how to do it, their face lit up.  These to me are the best moments working in a school, seeing the children achieve, learn and being able to express themselves.

A word to describe me? - 'Dedicated'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs H Lynch

Y2 Derwent Class Teacher

 

I have been working in schools since 2010. 

One of my favourite things about being a teacher is the variety each day brings. No two days are the same and the inquisitive minds of children can take their learning in any direction! I really enjoy working with lots of different people and being part of a dedicated, enthusiastic team. 

There have been lots of funny things happen to me at school. Every day makes me smile! The best moments are watching children learn, grow and develop into confident individuals. I am very proud of all the children I have taught and love my job.

It's hard to choose one but I would describe myself as 'positive'.

 

 

Mrs A Wordsworth

Y2 Derwent Class Teaching Assistant

I have been working in schools for 10 years – I started working in schools as a lunchtime supervisor, then a classroom volunteer, completed a NVQ and was then employed as a Teaching Assistant.

I like working with children and like to think I am making a positive contribution to their development. 

I find this school friendly and welcoming; the staff are great, as are the children and I am so glad that I am part of the team, and being given the opportunity to work in a great school.

A word to describe me is 'Committed'.

 

 

 

Miss C Gregory

Y2 Deepdale Class

Teacher

I have been teaching since 2007.

The best thing about working in a school is that every day is different.

I think one of the things I always enjoy the most is Christmas time in school as it is truly magical! Years of staging a Nativity have probably also provided me with some of the funniest moments of my career as once a child is on stage you have little control over what they might say or do... especially when they are only 6 years old!

The word that describes me as a professional: 'Involved'.

   

 

 

Mrs K Rhodes

Y2 Deepdale Class

Teaching Assistant

 

Valley View is my first TA position I've been here for just over three years. In a previous life I was a IT product Manager.

I love the fact that every day is different and that each child is an individual who I can help and support.

The best thing is that a wet tissue can cure ALL ailments!

A word to describe me would be 'Optimistic'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs T Wilson

Deepdale Class

Senior Teaching Assistant

 

I have spent many years in education – I started teaching in Post-16 education in 1994 and then moved to primary schools in 2006.

The best part of the job is watching the children grow and mature through their school life.  Occasionally when they return to visit from high school I am amazed by the confident young adult in front of me.

One of my best memories of Valley View is on a “Snow Day” when we were able to go out and build snow castles and snowmen, then warming up with cups of hot chocolate when we came in.  When I come to school I feel like part of an extended family and friends sharing lots of good times.

A word to describe me: 'Patient'. 

 

 

 

Mrs J Bedford

KS1 Senior Teaching Assistant

 

I have worked at Valley View for ten years.

The best thing about my job is that no two days are the same.

I have thought about my funniest moment and there are too many to recall as I laugh every day.

A word to describe me would be 'Determined'.