My name is Debra Welsby. I am one of the Reception teachers at St Thomas’ CEP School and hold the TLR for Foundation stage. I have enjoyed 23 years of teaching at St Thomas’ School and have spent the majority of my time here within the Early Years and Key Stage 1.
I am one of the English subject leaders and feel passionate about leading this subject for many reasons.
Stories unlock and expand children’s imagination which directly impacts on the development of children’s spoken language and writing skills. A book is simply like a doorway into another world that can be both real and imaginary. Through the effective teaching of phonics children quickly transition from learning to read to reading to learn. Watching a child unlock the skill of reading is truly fascinating. When a child learns to read their opportunities in life become endless.
Through the English curriculum, the children at St Thomas’ enjoy a vast range of teaching and learning experiences that engage, excite and inspire.