“Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears and never regrets” Leonardo da Vinci
Life in Class 4 is the final chapter in your child’s journey at Colliers Green. We aim to make the school week fun, meaningful and memorable in order to foster your child’s life-long love of learning. Over the two years, we have the benefit and privilege of getting to know each child very well; this enables us to hone in on the interests and needs of the individuals. We also want to help them grow in independence and responsibility in order to best prepare them for life after Colliers Green!
I joined Colliers Green in September 2018 as the deputy head and teacher of Class 4. I have been teaching since 2010, when I completed my PGCE. Prior to this, I had gained a PhD in Immunopharmacology and worked for a leading pharmaceutical company. I have also spent some time living in New Zealand, where I helped to set up a laboratory on the South Island, and began developing antibody-based diagnostic kits. Even though my science days are behind me, I still have a passion for the area, and firmly believe that it should be one of every child's favourite subjects!
Over the last few years, I have gained a wide range of experience teaching Upper Key stage 2, and very much enjoy spending time with this age group. I find their curiosity and desire to learn refreshing, and in return, try my utmost to make my lessons as engaging as possible.
Outside of school, I like to relax by playing tennis, walking through my local patch of countryside and fighting the ongoing battle against the weeds in my garden. I am a keen cook (and eater!) and have promised myself that I will learn how to make decent bread. It remains to be seen whether I shall succeed!
My name is Chris Moorhouse (aka Bracken, when at Forest School) and I have been working at Colliers Green since 2006 as a Higher-Level Teaching Assistant alongside Class 3 and Class 4 teachers. Prior to this, I spent 5 happy years at Benenden Primary school where I worked in Early Years and Key Stage 1, so I therefore have experience across a wide range of year groups.
Within school, my main role is to support children with all aspects of their learning whether in the classroom or in smaller intervention groups. As a child, I struggled with maths but this is now my favourite subject to teach. I am committed to building confidence in all children to enable them to succeed in their learning.
I have a passion for outdoor learning and following my degree in Environmental Science from the University of London, I spent my early career as an education officer for several local authority countryside services. I was therefore delighted when Colliers Green Primary School decided to provide Forest School to all our pupils and I was given the opportunity to train as a Level 3 Forest School Leader. I particularly enjoy being able to take the children into our local woodland, where they are given the freedom to explore and take part in activities such as shelter building, tool use, fire making and creative play. I am also responsible for the ‘Wild and Green’ Gardening Club in school. In addition to taking care of our school grounds, the children also take part in activities such as pond dipping, mini beast hunts and exploring our local countryside. You may have guessed that wellies are my favourite footwear and I am most likely to be spotted dashing around with a wheel barrow!
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family: Ellie, my beautiful (but elderly and smelly) golden retriever, husband and two grown up daughters (who have now flown the nest-although one lives nearby and is a frequent visitor as she like to make use of the free ‘doggy day care’ facilities for her mad cocker spaniel and raid the fridge on a regular basis). We live just outside Cranbrook and feel very lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country.
I am Imogen Barstow and I have been working at Colliers Green since January 2015. I'm a bit of a chameleon - On Thursdays I'm known as 'Mrs B' and you'll find me in Class 4 or singing (and possibly dancing) in assembly or with the choir. However, on Fridays I'm in the woods at Forest School and go by the name of Foxglove!
Following a History of Art degree at Edinburgh University, I worked in a marketing agency for a couple of years before embarking on a PGCE at the Institute of Education in London.Since 2003, I have taught across all the key stages and love the awe and wonder of them all! I love working with children - their enthusiasm, curiosity and creativity is infectious and no day is the same. I feel very lucky to be part of their learning journey and to be witness or supporter to those sunbeam moments when a problem becomes a goal and then an achievement.
I live with my lovely husband Mike, my wild and wonderful children Bella & Charlie and our scrummy spaniel, Jumble. My favourite things include gardening, walks in the wonderful Weald, sewing, alliteration, reading children's books and singing like there is no-one listening!!