Welcome to Rainbow’s Class Page!
In Rainbow teaching is led by me, Mrs Ward and supported Mrs Marley, Mrs Marriott, Mrs Dyson and Mrs Markey. Although I am relatively new to teaching I am not short in experience with children. Team Ward consists of a tumbler, a dancer, a learner driver, a GB Triathlete and a chauffeur – the last one is me if you hadn’t already guessed! I spent my early thirties living and working in Australia and late thirties re-training from a business analyst to become the teacher I am today, all the while supported by Dane Royd to fulfill my ambition. I understand the importance of a holistic approach to learning and development in early years and believe that as Science and e-safety lead I offer a breadth of well-designed topics and hands-on experiences that encourage cross curricular learning opportunities and promote the resilience and self-belief needed to succeed in today’s education system.
All UFS staff are hard-working mums who appreciate the difficulty of juggling various responsibilities at home alongside bringing up children. We are keen to provide a safe, nurturing and creative environment where your children can flourish and grow into independent young learners, ready for the next stage of their school journey.
In our care, your child is challenged to be the best version of themselves. We believe in an inclusive approach to education and so in addition to equipping your child with knowledge and understanding across the 17 different areas, we aspire for them to demonstrate kindness, to be inquisitive and to display determination when tackling new things. Both teachers have recent experience teaching in Key Stage One and understand the importance of ‘readiness’ for the National Curriculum expectations which enables us to prepare them effectively for transition.
We are proud to have produced an environment in which children can thrive in their learning with plentiful activities on offer, carefully designed to promote discovery and application of skills in an exciting way linked to our topics. Our indoor and outdoor provision areas are well-resourced and facilitate the children in directing their own learning through play. The topics are tried and tested themes which never fail to enthuse and inspire the children, some of our favourites being Space, Under the Sea and the Circus.
Formal teaching takes place in structured learning times and children are expected to sit, listen and do for short periods. Our timetable is jam-packed to provide a wide variety of opportunities; including daily English, Maths, Phonics and Handwriting lessons as well as weekly Computing (delivered by Mrs Ward) and French (delivered by Miss Mortimer).