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Welcome to Apple Tree Class
Key Stage: Early Years Foundation Stage
Teacher: Mrs Siân Mumford/Ms Trudi Bridgeman
Learning Support Assistants: Mrs Vicky Essery(HLTA), Mrs Teresa Marshall, Mrs Kathy Romero
Mrs Mumford is Apple Tree’s Class Teacher as well as the School Deputy Head and has been at Northwood Primary for many years. She has taught in both early years and Year 1 and is the subject leader for Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development.
Mrs Mumford :It is a real pleasure to work at Northwood Primary. It is a happy place with a real sense of pride and belonging. No two days are the same but each day is rewarding, challenging and above all filled with happiness, fun and laughter. The children are delightful and I am privileged to be a part of their learning journey
Ms Bridgeman :
Apple Tree class is located in a double mobile classroom with a wealth of learning areas for the children to explore and create in.
In Apple Tree we strive to inspire a love of learning that lasts a lifetime. We create a rich, stimulating environment that allows the children to build their self-confidence, grow their self-esteem and become independent, resilient learners with a “can do” attitude. Every day is full of challenge, creativity and critical thinking both indoors and outdoors. We learn to take risks, encourage each other and learn from our mistakes. There is a balance of adult led and child initiated learning and the children’s interests are at the heart of what we do. We capture the children’s imagination and curiosity whilst encompassing the seven areas of learning:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Communication, Language
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Our garden area is ideal for learning through play and is set in a wonderful backdrop of fields and a small wood. Nature is everywhere and the children get great enjoyment from discovering and exploring the natural outdoor environment.
We would like to introduce you to the staff who work in the Early Years in Apple Tree.
Mrs. Essery is a higher level teaching assistant (HLTA) in Apple Tree and has worked in early years for 21 years. She is also our Forest School Leader with responsibility to plan wonderful outside learning experiences for the whole school. This really benefits the Apple Tree children as they are taught a wealth of knowledge about nature and wildlife. Additionally, they get the chance to attend a Forest School Course over six weeks in their first year of school and re-visit Forest School as they move up through the school.
Mrs. Essery says: ‘I love working in Apple Tree class. It is both challenging and demanding working with this age, but also very rewarding and so much fun! Each day is different, so you have to have a flexible approach. I am very fortunate to be able to work with the children in their first year of school, and again as they get older with Forest School. I also run the Breakfast Club and After School club, so there is plenty of variety in my day!’
Mrs. Romero is a teaching assistant in Apple Tree and has worked in early years for 14 years. She brings experience of working with preschool age children and has a background in special educational needs. Mrs. Romero is up to date with the latest special educational approaches and training.
Mrs. Romero says: ‘I feel privileged to be part of a strong and committed team in Apple Tree class. It’s a rewarding role, sharing in the children’s challenges and adventures and supporting them as they develop and grow. The children always bring a smile to your face and I enjoy seeing them having fun, forging new friendships and gaining confidence in all that they do.’
Mrs Marshall started off as an MSA at Northwood Primary and is now a teaching assistant and works in Apple Tree. She has completed her ELSA [Emotional literacy support assistant] and works with children on a one to one or group. Teresa previously has been chair of the school PTA and was fantastic at organising fundraising events for the school.
Mrs. Marshall says: “I am very privileged to be part of the children’s journey from the beginning and really enjoy seeing how they progress from Apple.”
Key Person & Attachment
The Key Person
Key Person Information at Northwood Primary School
Children thrive from a base of loving and secure relationships. This is normally provided by a child’s parents but it can also be provided by a key person. A key person is a named member of staff with responsibilities for a small group of children who helps those children in the group feel safe and cared for. The role is an important one and an approach set out in the EYFS which is working successfully in settings and in Reception classes. It involves the key person in responding sensitively to children’s feelings and behaviours and meeting emotional needs by giving reassurance, such as when they are new to a setting or class, and supporting the child’s well-being.
The children can approach any member of the Apple Team for support during the day.
Why Attachment Matters
What is attachment and why is it important for young children? Attachments are the emotional bonds that young children develop with parents and other carers such as their key person. Children with strong early attachments cry less when separated. They engage in more pretend play and sustain attention for longer. They are less aggressive and are popular with other children and with adults. Their sense of who they are is strong. Children need to be safe in the relationship they have with parents or carers. They are vulnerable but will develop resilience when their physical and psychological well-being is protected by an adult. Being emotionally attached to such an adult helps the child feel secure that the person they depend on is there for them. When children feel safe they are more inclined to try things out and be more independent. They are confident to express their ideas and feelings and feel good about themselves. Attachment influences a child’s immediate all-round development and future relationships.