Dear Reception parents, carers and children

First of all, thank you for making me feel so welcome.   I have really loved receiving your emails and photos and it has been wonderful putting some faces to names.  I’m really looking forward to the day when we can all meet in person.

I have also been so impressed by the wonderful work from the children.  However, I am not at all surprised as I have known Mrs Canniford for many years and have seen first hand what a wonderful teacher she truly is.   I am sure, like me, you are looking forward to hearing her happy news in the coming weeks.

I thought it might be helpful and, hopefully, reassuring to share a little bit more about me.

I began teaching in 1990.  Quite a long time ago now!  I have always loved teaching young children and have been lucky during my teaching career to spend most of my time in reception classes.   However, I have also taught in Year 5 and more recently in Year 3.   Teaching older year groups has certainly made me a better reception teacher!   I have gained an insight into the demands of the Key Stage 2 curriculum and how those early skills are so important.

I began teaching in Brighton before moving to London for 10 years and then, since 2004, I have taught in Sevenoaks.  During my time as a reception teacher I have also been a Moderator for the Foundation Stage Profile for many years.  This has involved visiting reception classes in schools throughout west Kent. During these visits my role was to help with classroom environments and observations of children as they play and how these observations feed into the Early Learning Goals.

It probably won’t be a surprise for you to know, that I believe passionately in play and children engaging in first-hand experiences.   I also feel strongly that children must feel happy and secure when they are in school and I place relationships with staff at the heart of all learning.

Recently I have enjoyed reading ‘The Joy Journal for Magical Everyday Play’ by Laura Brand and would recommend the book if you have not already got a copy!  Laura also posts on Instagram.

Currently, at home, we are enjoying looking after our foster dog Apollo.   It has been wonderful to walk with a purpose and he is such a comfort at the present time.




Here is a picture of some beautiful bluebells we saw on a recent walk.






    Apollo having a snooze!

I hope you can all enjoy the weekend and the promise of warm weather.   Whatever you find yourself doing, celebrating VE day or playing in the garden, I hope it is a weekend filled with a generous sprinkling of happiness and laughter.

I must finish by saying that I am so excited to be joining St John’s and becoming part of such a wonderful and inspiring learning and family community.

Warm wishes to you all,

Love Mrs Menzies x

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