Welcome to Year 5
What is your favourite book and why?
I started teaching in London in 2009, having enjoyed various trips travelling all over the world. One of my favourite books, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning, is a wonderful account of travelling, making the best of a bad situation, and recognising what you have to be thankful for. It's beautifully written and lets you imagine what life in the 1930s would have been like. I love his resilience and ability to make the best of any situation, knowing that he will learn from it and be stronger as a result of his experiences.
What is your favourite memory from school?
My favourite memories from primary school are all craft-based: making and decorating papier mache plates, junk modelling castles covered in foil, and making Easter crispy cakes. At secondary school it was studying Romeo and Juliet with my favourite teacher, Mr Bishop. It was as if a light had been switched on and I took his advice about going on to study English at university. Here I learned to throw myself into everything and look for opportunities to learn and grow.
What is your most inspirational quote?
My favourite book reminds me of my favourite quote: 'A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.' We might not be able to see it at the time, but we will be stronger and more capable as a result of things not going to plan!