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Mrs B KennedyHead Teacher and Young Carers designated lead
Mrs B Kennedy
My favourite subject is history. I love to find out about how people lived long ago. My family have lived in Plymouth for a long time so I'm particularly interested in the history of Plymouth and its people. When I travel anywhere I try to find out about what it used to be like and imagine stories that could have happened there.�
My Hobbies. I have a large family and my favourite thing is spending time with them. I love to read and to cook; it's never pretty but always enjoyable!�
Favourite Book and Author.How do you choose just one! You won't be surprised to hear that I love historical fiction. Charles Dickens is amazing and if you haven't read 'A Tale of two Cities' you really must! Michael Morpurgo's 'An eagle in the Snow' is extremely intriguing too. However I also love thriller stories and adults would love my latest discovery: Liz Nugent!
Mrs Y NorgateDeputy Head
Mrs Y Norgate
My favourite subjects are maths and history. I love maths because I enjoy solving puzzles and finding logical solutions to problems. Maths is all around us and it is important that our children learn to love maths.� I� also enjoy history as it takes me back in time and I learn interesting things.
When I need to relax at home I like to� cook, read and do embroidery. I also like to ride my bike on Dartmoor and go swimming.
I love reading and have many favourite authors such as Pushkin, Pasternak, Chehov and Dumas.� I love their choice of language and the way they recreate the society of their time. ��
My favourite novel is the Count of Monte Cristo, where the main character demonstrates great friendship, loyalty and trust - the qualities I value most.
Mrs H BuckinghamSENDCO
Mrs H Buckingham
I have two favourite subjects, Music and Geography. I am lucky enough to teach both at Laira Green. I first came to Plymouth to study Geography when I was 18 and I loved the city and the areas around it so much that I stayed.
When I need to relax at home, my hobbies are sewing, knitting and reading. When I need some fresh air and exercise I enjoy hiking and going out on my kayak.�
I don't have a favourite author but I do like mystery novels where you have to work out who has committed�a crime for example, Agatha Christie stories.
Miss C GreenFoundation-Ladybirds
Miss C Green
My favourite subject has to be History! I had a wonderful History teacher at school, who really inspired my love of the subject. I enjoy subjects around World War 2, Ancient�China and medicine through the ages. I also really enjoy English Literature�as I am a bit of a book worm and I used to enjoy writing my own poems through my teens.�
I have always enjoyed reading, my Mum introduced me to Enid Blyton and the Narnia series when I first started reading. As I discovered more books I found that I was really into adventure, quest and crime novels; I wish I had more time to read like I did when I was at school!�
My hobbies include spending time with my family, reading, watching films and going to rock concerts!
Mrs H PhillipsFoundation-Ladybirds
Mrs H PhillipsFavourite subject and why- Art is my favourite�subject, anything creative really! I love being able to transfer something or an idea onto paper, capturing all the colours and character. I remember being in year 4 or 5 and drawing a Hindu artefact and having it put on the wall (one of my proud�primary school moments). Art is a skill but as long as you draw what you can see (not what you think you can see), you will go far!��Hobbies- My hobbies include anything creative: painting, drawing, sewing, knitting and crochet. I also love being outdoors, going for�a walk or sailing.��Favourite author/book -My favourite�book is Pollyanna, it is about a little girl who shows people to find something to be glad about in every situation- it sounds strange but really works!�
Ms L GarlandYear 1/2-Dragonflies
Ms L GarlandIt's hard to choose a favourite subject, because one of the things which�excites me most about learning is the way that different subjects link together! I particularly love maths, and am fascinated by the way that our mathematical understanding has changed throughout�history.�When I'm not teaching, I love to spend time with my husband and my dog. We enjoy long walks in the beautiful Devon countryside, and I take every opportunity�to swim in rivers and the sea! I also enjoy yoga, colouring and watching American football.My favourite picture book is The Paper Bag Princess - the main character is brave and clever, and I love�the way she outwits a dragon to rescue a prince. When reading for pleasure, I often reach for a Terry Pratchett novel - his Discworld series is incredibly funny, with well-written characters, excellent descr1ptions and a lot of strong female�leads. My favourite character is Miss Susan (Death's grandaughter) - she's a teacher who walks through walls, doesn't put up with any nonsense, gives children amazing learning experiences and saves the world in her spare time!
Mr J RoeYear 1/2-Fireflies
Mr J Roe
My favourite subjects are all the topics: History, Geography and Religious Education! My Grandfather was a wonderful teacher of history and he inspired me to take the subject deeper. His personal� experience of World War 2 and those of his friends started me on a wonderful journey. As a child I also travelled with my military family and it gave me a love of knowledge of different histories and cultures such as those of China and ancient Greece as wells as Norse mythology and maps(I love maps).
I was a late bloomer in reading, my first loves were Roald Dahl�s Fantastic Mr Fox and Asterix.� It really took off when I found Terry Pratchet and J R R Tolkein. I used to read them under the covers with a torch late at night.
My hobbies include spending time with my family and cats, playing some computer gaming, going to the cinema and playing board games(I can get competitive).
Mr J LethbridgeYear 1/2-Butterflies
Mr J Lethbridge
My favourite subject is PSHE. I have always been interested in helping children to develop socially and emotionally alongside their academic�skill sets. I think that it is very important that we look for ways in which to help ourselves to improve our well-being. PSHE is the perfect�lesson to build the foundations for this and to help children to understand themselves and the world around them. It also helps me to learn strategies for my own well-being!��
I find it very hard to sit still and I have always been a very active person. I will give any sport a go and I enjoy playing football for a local team. In the summer I spend as much time as possible outdoors. I love the beach!�
My favourite type of books are autobiographies. I personally find a lot of inspiration from this genre of books. I enjoy reading about people who have worked incredibly hard to achieve their dreams and aspirations.
Mr K JaneYear 3/4-Maple
Mr K Jane
I have always enjoyed history - finding out how things used to be and how the world has changed over time has interested me since I was 7 or 8 years old. I am also passionate about PSHE and I enjoy teaching children about life, health and being themselves. Helping children to build their own personal skills in communication and to develop emotionally is something that I have always valued highly and it helps children to be ready to learn across all subjects and throughout life as they grow.�
In my own time, I enjoy long walks through country lanes and the open countryside - often walking for miles at a time! On returning home, I like a coffee and millionaires slice (as a treat!) and spending time with my wife, daughter and son. We enjoy days out in the woods, at the beach or in a book shop - searching for our next reads. I also dabble in genealogy and have researched my family history back to the 16th Century, and I try to find time for gardening when I can.�
I have two favourite authors, the first is Roald Dahl - his books are wonderfully written, the imaginative vocabulary always provides a laugh. I also enjoy reading any new David Walliams book. His personality comes through in the writing style and I particularly enjoyed reading �Awful Auntie� with children from KS2.
Miss MoffatYear 3/4-Apple
My favourite subjects are music and geography. Music is my biggest passion; I love to play different instruments, I love to listen to all kinds of music and I also love the way music can help in our learning across the curriculum. Geography is another favourite because I love to travel and enjoy finding out about different places and cultures.
In my spare time I love to play my piano, guitar and ukulele. I really enjoy going to the theatre (I particularly enjoy musicals!), and I also enjoy singing and playing the piano at my church too.
I really enjoy reading, so picking just one is quite difficult. One of my favourite authors as a child was Enid Blyton, I loved her books about girls going off to boarding school! The Naughtiest Girl, Malory Towers and The Twins at St Clares were my favourites. Another author, Ally Carter, also wrote a series of books about a spy boarding school which I loved too! I have recently read the Harry Potter series, which was brilliant.�
Mrs A HughesYear 3/4-Oak
Mrs A Hughes
My favourite subjects are geography and art.� I love finding out about the natural world, understanding how the landscape has been created and the ways in which we can care for our environment.� We live in such a beautiful part of the world with so many natural wonders so near: Dartmoor, South West coastline.� I also love art as a subject because it is a fantastic way to inspire the children to express themselves, have a go and become more confident in their own abilities. It is so rewarding to see children become immersed in their creations and proud of their achievements. �
My hobbies include spending time with my family, relaxing at the swimming pool and going for coastal walks.� A sea breeze and the sound of waves crashing on the shore always relaxes and revitalises me.
I enjoy many books of different genres.� When I was a little girl I loved hearing fairy tales by Hans Christian Anderson, my favourite being the Little Mermaid.� I also loved The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Rapunzel by the Grimm brothers.� I now enjoy reading these fairy tales to my own children. Roald Dahl also inspired my love of reading, James and the Giant Peach being my favourite.�
Mrs P NightingaleAssistant Head Teacher and Oak Year 3/4
Mrs P Nightingale
Favourite subject and why - I love maths because it is really satisfying when you work something out. I love the way you can draw pictures and use numbers to show what you are thinking. I like puzzles and logic problems so Maths is right for me.
Any hobbies - My main hobby is walking on Dartmoor with my dog and my husband. We go in our camper van and Eddy, our little dog, sits on the front seat with me, looking out of the window. We walk for miles and get muddy and then we go back to the camper van and have a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit in the warm. It is heavenly!
Favourite book and author.� My favourite book is "Fly-byNight" by K.M. Peyton because I always wanted a pony�when I was a small girl and this is the story of a girl who buys a wild, muddy pony and tames it ready to ride. I read this book when I was staying at my grandparents' farm and I imagined I had a pony in one of the barns. The book was a dream come true and I also read lots of other books by this auth
Mrs J BarkerYear 5/6-Birch
Mrs J BarkerI love the Reading part of English as I thoroughly enjoy immersing myself in a story - using an author's choice of words and my imagination to bring to life characters and settings, wondering what twists and turns a plot might take and anticipating how it will all end.��In my spare time, I like to be creative and can usually be found sewing & knitting or making changes around the house with a bit of DIY.Choosing just one favourite author or book is so difficult as books can hold magical memories.� l will always be grateful to Enid Blyton and her Famous Five whose books inspired my love of reading.
Mrs LarsenYear 5/6-Hazel
It�s difficult to choose a favourite subject.� I especially enjoy teaching maths; I am fascinated by all the patterns and connections that are evident in all areas of the subject.� I also love the expression on children�s faces when they finally understand a concept or solve a tricky mathematical problem successfully!
I like cooking (not baking), running and going for long walks.� I have a very large family (I have 7 brothers and sisters and 20 nieces and nephews) and enjoy spending time with them.� It�s mad but great fun!
My favourite author is Kate Morton, who writes historical fiction and keeps you gripped throughout the story.
However, my favourite children�s author is Michael Morpurgo because he writes so sensitively about real issues and events, such as World War II in �Friend or Foe� and animal cruelty in �The Dancing Bear.�
Mrs B SimpsonYear 5/6-Hazel
Mrs B Simpson
I have always loved school and most subjects have inspired me over the years.� My favourite subject through my own school time was always maths - I love the puzzles and problem solving and the opportunity to know immediately whether your answer is correct or not.� More recently, while training to be a teacher, I discovered a love for English that I didn't know existed before.� Since then, I have loved teaching the joys of language and word choice.��
When I was growing up, I danced multiple times a week and loved performing in shows - singing and dancing.� Now I have young children of my own, I find pleasure in their play and sharing stories with them.
I have many favourite books - too many to mention - although The Twits by Roald Dahl will always have a special place in my heart.� The naughtiness of it all never fails to bring smiles to the faces of the children I read with.