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Mrs Southey

Executive Head of School

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr Seuss.

As a child I found reading a real challenge, I was not the best reader in the class and when I was asked to read I would try every tactic to get out of doing it. When I started teaching this is one feeling I wanted to make sure that no child in my class felt, I wanted to make sure they gained the real passion for reading that I never had as a child. As I have grown up I have found out the real importance of reading and of how it can make a difference to your imagination. I love to read to the children in my schools now, and I feel there are so many wonderful books out there. My favourite books to read are the classic Roald Dahl as there are so many wonderful collections that he has written and children are able to become completely engrossed in the books he writes. I am also a massive fan of David Walliams, especially ‘The World’s Worst Children’.

Miss Chandler

Class 1 Teacher, Curriculum lead for EYFS, Phonics and Art and Design

I have always loved books and stories and spend lots of my spare time reading when I can. One of my favourite things about my job is that I get to share stories with the children at our school. I particularly like rhyming stories!

Mrs Bayes

Class 1 Teaching Assistant

My favourite book is ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee. I love this book because I read it when I was a young teenager and it explored the themes of racial prejudice and injustices within society. I enjoy all types of genres of books but courtroom dramas, like this one, are great to read!

Mrs Drew

Class 2 Teacher, Curriculum Lead for PE, PSHE and Science

“If you’re going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books” – Roald Dahl

I’ve always enjoyed reading and getting lost in a good book. Roald Dahl has been a favourite author of mine since one of my teachers read the book ‘The Witches’ to our class when I was in primary school. Roald Dahl uses such amazing vocabulary to describe the characters and really brings them to life in his books, the way he describes the disgusting, ugly witches is so funny. I found the bravery of the little boy so inspiring as he overcame his fears and saved his friends from the witches. Roald Dahl has written so many wonderful books and I have enjoyed sharing some of them with my class.

Miss Munro

Class 2 Teaching Assistant

As a child I loved to read The Chronicles of Narnia, especially The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Nowadays, I spend my time reading Tom Fletcher or David Walliams books to my daughter, as they engage both us of with their adventurous and hilarious story lines, whilst also having brilliant illustrations!

Mrs Warren-Nicholls

Class 2 Teaching Assistant

By far one of my favourite British authors is Lisa Jewells. She writes contemporary books of fiction, thriller and suspense. I particularly love reading these novels of high tension which involve action or mystery. My favourite book is " The Girls in the Garden". It is such an emotional and clever read, which kept me captivated and guessing until the very end. Poignant and beautifully told! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book... I practically read it in two sittings.

Miss Walters

Class 2 Teaching Assistant

Milly Molly Mandy stories are set in the 1920s-1930s and follow a little girl and her adventures as a young child. I enjoy reading these stories (especially to my three children) as it surrounds the character's view on a historic village life where strong interactions with people, animals and nature are a huge part of her adventures. As these stories are gentle but interesting, it makes me reflect on how my great grandparents' life may have differed to mine today. I enjoy reading historical fiction, especially those books set around the wars, as it is still a very poignant and emotive time from history, even today.

Mrs Crocker

Class 3 Teacher, Curriculum lead for English, Modern Foreign Languages and Music

"Our children are marvellous ... and happy, and I like to think that all my storytelling has contributed a little bit to their happiness." - Roald Dahl

Reading has always been a passion of mine! I’ve always found that reading helps me to wind down and relax after a busy day. I always believe that the best English lessons are those that are inspired by books and our collective love for reading! Sharing stories with my class is one of my favourite things to do! We put on voices for the characters and act out parts of the story regularly to really get immersed in our class reads! My favourite place to read is in the bath, which always makes my class laugh! My favourite authors are Paige Toon, Roald Dahl, Michael Morpurgo, David Walliams and Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Miss Libby

Class 3 Teaching Assistant

Roald Dahl is one of my favourite authors. My favourite books of his are: The BFG, The Witches, Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I like getting lost in his books and pretending I am on an adventure! My favourite place to read is in my armchair with a cup of tea in the evenings but I also enjoy reading stories to my cousins at the weekends.

Mrs Joseph

Lead Teacher & Class 4 Teacher, Curriculum Lead for Maths, Computing, History and RE

"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." Frederick Douglass.

I have always loved reading and have learned so much from simply picking up a book. Reading allows you to escape from reality and into an imaginary world that can excite, terrify, calm and humour you. I absolutely adore the Harry Potter series of books and have read them several times. I really enjoy fantasy fiction like the Lord of the Rings and His Dark Materials trilogies, as well as historical fiction, particularly around the Tudor period. The Hunger Games series of books are another favourite and stories like War Horse and The Kite Runner are emotionally a challenge but a brilliant read! When I was younger, I loved Roald Dahl books - my favourite was Matilda! I love reading at bedtime as it helps me unwind after a busy day. It is a very special treat to read on the sofa during the day or on the beach on a sunny day!

Miss Whittaker

Class 4 Higher Level Teaching Assistant

I am an animal lover and I particularly enjoy reading books by James Herriot which describe his life as a vet. I also enjoy reading crime and mystery fiction by authors such as Agatha Christie as they always keep me guessing right to the end! One of my other favourite authors is Daphne Du Maurier - I enjoy reading her books because many of them are based in Cornwall.

Mrs Vickers

Class 4 Teaching Assistant

My favourite book is War House by Michael Morpurgo. I love animals and found it interesting that it is written from the perspective of the horse. My favourite genre to read is historical fiction, especially books set in the Tudor Period.

Mrs Cudlipp

School Secretary

My favourite books are the Harry Potter books written by JK Rowling, I have read them lots of times! I have always loved reading and find it a good way to relax after a busy day. I really like reading romantic fiction and books based around historic events such as WW1 and WW2, they offer a glimpse into life as it was then which I find very interesting as it is so different to how we live now.

Madame Williams

French Teacher

Madame Williams comes to St Winnow on Friday mornings to lead French lessons for each Class.

My favourite book is The Brothers Lionheart, it is a children's fantasy novel written by Astrid Lindgren.

Miss Shields (maternity Leave)

School SENCO

Miss Shields is one of our Trust SENCO's, she visits St Winnow regularly to support staff and pupils.

I love reading! I have always believed that it's a wonderful way of transporting yourself to other places, worlds or realms. It's also a great way of learning about and understanding other people's points of view, relationships, feelings, and emotions. That's one of the reasons that the Elmer series is one of my favourite sets of books! I also love that Elmer is really good at showing us how to appreciate each other and celebrate everyone's differences. Something which has always been important to me but is a vital part of my role as SENDCO.