Head of History - Mrs Wall
Year 4 Teacher
Having taught in several schools in Cambridgeshire, I am very excited to become the History Lead at Buckden C of E Primary School. History is an intriguing subject due to its continuing impact on society today. I believe the History curriculum provides children with a strong understanding of the world around them and develops their knowledge of events and more importantly the reasoning behind these events.
My background is within IT project management; how to bridge the gap between users and developers, uses a similar skill set to that of understanding history. In both cases there is a need for comprehension, interpretation, analysis and communication.
As history is such an important part of modern life, I would like pupils at Buckden C of E School to learn about historical events that will help them gain a better perspective of the current and future world events.
Currently, I am fascinated by Greek mythology and I have challenged myself to create a mini ‘family tree’ of the Greek gods and goddesses.
Head of Art - Mrs Romaine
Year 1 teacher 2021-2022
I have been teaching here at Buckden for 9 years. Throughout my time, I have had wonderful opportunities teaching in both Key stages and been on the whole school curriculum journey to promote and develop the Sustainable Development Goals, which I am incredibly proud to have been part of.
I have a passion for Arts and Crafts and enjoy making anything that will enhance learning across the curriculum from interactive moving greater and less than signs in Maths to creating a role play area to dig into the imagination of all.
I endeavour to promote my love and enthusiasm of art across all the school stakeholders and within Buckden as a community. During my teaching career here at Buckden, I have always been involved in the Art curriculum and leading the development of Art through the school. I have enrolled and lead the whole school in nationwide competitions, art exhibitions in the church even each class being named after an artist in 2016, where my class became Monet and we created Monet's garden in the classroom.
I am looking forward to creating further links with other Art Leaders around the county and continue on with an exciting art journey with your children and their teachers.
Design and Technology
Head of Design and Technology Miss Freeman
Year 1 Teacher 2021-22 (Temporary Lead is Mrs Jaynes from January 2022 - September - Maternity cover)
Modern Foreign Languages
Head of Modern Foreign Languages - Mrs Anderson
Year 5 teacher
I have been teaching here at Buckden for 10 years, both as a class teacher, language specialist and more recently as Upper School Head. I have had the opportunity to teach from EYFS to Year 6 as a language teacher and in both Key stages as a class teacher. More recently, I developed our new language curriculum, ensuring it aligns to the National Curriculum and the UN Sustainable Goals. It is something I am proud and passionate to be involved with. As a bilingual speaker of Welsh (first language) and English, my enthusiasm for languages began at a very young age and has continued throughout my adult life. I am passionate that all pupils should have access to learning a second language and that that they have the opportunity to develop and extend their culture capital. I have forged good links with the local Primary Language Hub – Association for Language learning (ALL), to ensure that language learning is current and in line with expectations and will continue to work hard to ensure our pupils have a positive experience of French whilst here at Buckden. Some of the opportunities our pupils have had include: singing in Spanish at The Performing Arts Centre, Hinchingbrooke, learning French Christmas carols, experiencing European Day of Languages, tasting food from around the world and tasting a typical French breakfast in our French club. Looking ahead, I will continue to promote my love and enthusiasm for languages and culture across all the school stakeholders and within Buckden as a community.
The Government have set a target that all children in Key Stage 2 should be learning a Foreign Language by 2014. In 2009, we decided as a school to move away from a multilingual approach, which we do use in International weeks and when it is appropriate in our cross-curricular ‘theme’.
We have decided that the children will study one language over the six years from year 1 to year 6 – namely French. This gives the children a good grounding in a language that is currently an option at the secondary school that many of our children transfer to – Hinchingbrooke School in Huntingdon.
We focus primarily on the use of spoken French, however the children use their reading, listening and written skills to reinforce their learning. This will prepare them well for their language experiences at secondary school and allow them to appreciate the diversity of language spoken not only throughout their community but throughout the world.
We also look at the culture of France to develop their understanding of the people and their social conventions.
European Day of Languages
Thank you to everyone for celebrating all that is wonderful about language, tradition and culture. On 26th September, the whole school celebrated European Day of Languages. It began with a competition to find a menu we could taste at lunchtime. Thank you to Mrs Bigg and her team for choosing our winning meals. The pupils got to experience Spanish, French and Italian cuisine.
The pupils also dressed in European costume and spent the day trying a host of different activities to develop their cultural understanding, including tongue twisters, learning new languages, finding out about various countries - we even had a pupil playing the bagpipes.
Thank you very much to the parents and carers who supported us by providing dress/costumes to make the day a success.
Head of Music
Evelyn Glennie, the world famous percussionist, describes music as ‘our daily medicine which aids far better communication with others and ourselves’. As the children progress through Buckden CE School they have many opportunities to experience this for themselves through singing, composing, listening, performing and appraising.
Our music curriculum often links with the theme for the term giving children a different way to respond to what they have learnt. We have a range of tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments which the children explore in whole class and small group lessons. Making recordings of the children’s compositions gives them the opportunity to comment on their own work and the work of others.
The school offers individual and small group instrumental lessons through the Cambridgeshire Music Agency and independent peripatetic teachers. There is the opportunity to learn the violin, guitar, drum kit, piano, clarinet, flute or saxophone. Parents pay for these lessons termly and there is often the opportunity to borrow an instrument from the school.
Buckden is a singing school with plenty of opportunities for children to take part in singing, drawing on a very wide repertoire. A weekly whole school singing assembly gives regular opportunity for learning new songs with many children leading actions and parts.
Head of Religious Education - Mrs Butcher
Year 5 Teacher 2021-2022
Learning about, understanding and having respect for the different religions in our world is a valuable part of our school curriculum. Religious Education has two dimensions – learning about and learning from. Learning about can be considered as looking through a window – learning from what we see, hear and experience. Learning from is more like a mirror – learning that encourages children to ask questions about what is this reflecting to me and how can I respond.
The school follows the Cambridgeshire Syllabus for RE, Understanding Christianity. Each unit begins with a key question to provide enquiry based learning. We draw on a range of resources including visitors who give children a greater insight into the religion they follow.
Parents retain the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education if they so wish but this needs to be by prior arrangement with the Headteacher. Anyone wishing to do this would be invited to have an open discussion with the Headteacher at a convenient time to both parties.
Head of Computing - Miss Freeman
Year 1 Class Teacher 2022-23
I have been teaching for nine years, three of which have been here at Buckden School. I attended Buckden School as a child, where my love of learning and the influence of the creative, passionate teachers inspired me to become a teacher myself. Throughout my teaching career, I have had lots of opportunities to work across both key stages, but have spent most of my teaching practice working within EYFS and KS1 which I have absolutely loved!
I would describe myself as a hands on, creative person, having keen interests in Art and Music. I enjoy drawing, painting and colouring in my own time, as well as singing, dancing and playing the keyboard. I bring my love of these interests into the classroom as much as possible through the lessons I plan and in within my teaching practice.
Computing has been commonly known in schools over the last few years as ICT (Information and Communication Technology). The subject area itself has not changed, but has developed as a subject into three strands: Computer Science; Information Technology and Digital Literacy.
In the early stages of their computing journey, children will explore programming toys in order to understand that an algorithm is a set of instructions that must be followed in a particular order. Children explore what happens when the steps are out of order and learn to debug simple problems in order to fix them, as well as explore technology across the curriculum. As they continue their journey, children will design, write and debug algorithms and programmes using logical reasoning to achieve specific functions, such as games and animations, where they will be taught vital skills that they can apply at a higher level.
Children will learn how to operate basic equipment, understand how technology works and look at operating basic computer programmes. As the children get older they will start to use computing language and ideas in many subject areas, especially maths, where children will use technology purposefully to create, organise, manipulate and retrieve digital content.
All children will be taught to recognise common uses of information technology beyond school, learn about the internet and how they should keep safe online. Aspects of this include knowing when the internet is being used and that it isn’t just ‘google’, understanding what personal data is and knowing when they should or shouldn’t give out this information and being respectful to each other when using online services. Children learn what they should do if they come across something they are unsure of and learn how to make their internet searches specific.
Physical Education / Sport
Head of PE - Miss Fozzard
Head of Upper School & Year 6 Teacher 2021-2022
I have been teaching at Buckden since 2011, and have taught predominantly within Upper School. The journey the school has been on since starting at Buckden has benefitted me in many way and opened up a number of opportunities, not only for myself, but for the children that we teach. Of particular note, is the planning and implementation of the Whole School Curriculum which promotes and develops the Sustainable Development Goals; this is something our children thoroughly enjoy and as a teacher at the school, I am incredibly proud of.
Since 2014 I have been the team leader of Upper School and gained my NPQML qualification in 2017. I find that being based in the classroom as a class teacher alongside these roles bring great rewards. Having the opportunity to give children the tools to find a love for learning and succeed is very rewarding for me, not only seeing this within my classroom but across the school.
When I first started teaching at Buckden, I became PE coordinator, this is something that I really enjoyed leading as I myself lead an active lifestyle, partaking in my own sporting endeavours outside of school. At this time, we were trying to ensure that our pupils had the opportunity to participate in more competitions. Spending some years leading English, and now coming back to leading PE, it is really encouraging to see that our links with other schools to compete has grown which is something that we as a school should be really proud of.
Throughout my years of teaching, I have regularly supported colleagues in our school and in other settings, becoming and SLE in English. I am currently working with Cambridge University as part of a three-year project which seeks to develop Dialogue and Argumentation for Cultural Literacy Learning in Schools.
Buckden School has a qualified sports coach who works with all the children in the school. Our sporting aims are to provide children with a balanced range of activities and the opportunity to develop these in more specialist clubs. Each week our children work on at least one area of the physical curriculum.
Dance, gymnastics and karate all take place in the school hall and involve all the children following various themes. Through dance and movement, they learn how to express themselves whilst being able to work at their own level. Whereas gymnastics, involves learning how to use equipment safely and acquire, develop and gain new skills. Karate encourages the children to explore different skills showing precision, control and fluency, as well as the art of self-discipline and self-belief.
Games, outdoor and adventurous activities take place outside and children learn a variety of skills that are developed into small games and team building situations.
Head of PSHE - Kate Woodward
My teaching career began when I graduated in 1999 from Northampton University. I initially taught in Key Stage 2 and moved down year groups until I found myself happiest teaching the youngest children. I taught in Australia for 4 years working in Kindergarten, preschool and prep year groups. When I returned to the UK, I have specialised in Early Years Reception teaching and have been Head of EYFS and PSHE here at Buckden Primary Academy since 2010.
I have regularly chosen to return to study and completed an Advanced Teaching degree whilst in Australia and became a Chartered Teacher in the pilot year of this scheme in 2019. To achieve this qualification, I had to be very reflective about my practice in the Reception classroom and within PSHE. I carried out my own action research project into adult led versus child initiated learning. I am now also recognised as a lead teacher for EYFS and support other teachers in the Eastern Region and have also mentored teachers in the Chartered Colleges Accelerate program. I am also PSHE lead across the school and facilitate the ‘Buckden Parliament’ which gives our pupils a voice and decision making opportunities.
Our Skills Builder, Christian Values and Global Goals curriculum combine to provide a curriculum I am very proud of as I know we are helping to secure our children exceptional futures in the workplace and our communities.
Our Reception team spend a lot of time getting our transitions in Reception spot on for the children. Establishing strong relationships with our feeder settings and providing an extensive schedule to assure our new children and parents are well supported throughout their Reception year. Similarly, we have a comprehensive transition schedule to assist our Year 6 pupils in their journey into secondary school. Each year we also hold a transition week, with all pupils having the opportunity to meet their new teachers and TA’s and spend time in their new classroom environment.