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Aire Class

Aire Class

Teacher: Mrs Sally Garbutt; Teaching Assistants: Mrs Jan Hall, Mrs Averil Miles-Thmoas, Miss Tamsin Robson and Miss Harriet Clackworthy.

There are 19 children in Aire Class, 8 in Year 1 and 11 in Reception. We make self-initiated learning a focus for the younger children, with the older ones starting a more formal curriculum. Believing that the Early Years provide the ideal opportunity to develop basic skills and concepts, all the children take part in daily phonics learning in small, adult-led groups. We aim to make these fun and engaging for the children through the use of games, including ICT.

Both Literacy and Mathematics activities are enriched by a wide range of practical activities such as using our wonderful local environment, gardening and cooking activities. We are lucky to have the support of members of the community who not only support our reading activities, but also visit us and let us make visits to them! For example, during 2013 we have visited a local church, café, farm, farmers’ market and beach. We have received visits from a paramedic and the coastguards, and also had an African drumming workshop. Future events will include a visit to Sennen Lifeboat House and Trevaylor Woods.


As a teacher, I have always been interested in new ways of extending the children’s learning, such as working with artists, using the outdoor environment and initiating challenging activities. I have a B.A. (Hons) in English from Bristol University, did a school-based PGCE with the Open University and completed a Masters of Education degree with Exeter University in 2009. I have worked in various different schools in Cornwall, preferring the smaller village community school, of which Sennen School is such a wonderful example! Out of school, I enjoy walking the coast path, growing vegetables and attending various local concerts and plays.