Welcome to Reception

Mrs Bailey

What is your favourite book and why?

My favourite book as a child was Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White.  It is the first book I remember wanting to read again.  I still to this day read it thinking that Wilbur and Charlotte will be together forever.  I then start to cry when they can not. 

I also really liked Please Mrs Butler by Allan Alhberg.  I’m not sure if we needed to know the poem the book is named after off by heart for a class performance, but I remember being able to say it perfectly in sync with my friend. We were constantly performing it in the playground.  Years on when I got my first teaching job another friend of mine gave me a copy of the book and wrote in it “every good teacher needs a copy of this.”  I’m guessing she could recite the poem off by heart too.

What is your favourite memory from school?

My favourite memory from school is doing topic work.  We would make a book for each topic which would usually have a hessian binding down the side.  We were allowed to mount and trim all our own work (a useful skill if you go on to become a teacher.)   My favourite topics were the Tudors, which is still my favourite time period to read and learn about.  I also enjoyed a topic we did on Seals which has remained my favourite animal.  These topics were taught by my favourite teachers and were subjects they were passionate about.  It shows how we can pass on our love of learning and how memories we make together can last.

What is your most inspirational quote?

“My teacher thought I was smarter than I was - so I was.”  It reminds me that I’m right to be ambitious for what the children in my class can achieve.  It also is exactly what we are saying in the Ditton Lodge high five. “Aim high and achieve.”