We are the Marvellous Minibeasts. In our classroom we are learning to be independent and to explore the world around us. We are kind, helpful and always try our best.
Meet the Team
Mrs Belt - Class Teacher & Early Years Leader Hello! I am Mrs Belt and I am one of the teachers in the Marvellous Minibeasts. I have been teaching for a very long time but have been at Wellgate for eight years. Early Years is my favourite place in school and I love seeing our youngest children grow to be confident, independent and resilient learners. Helping young children learn to make sense of letters and sounds and become readers is one of the most amazing things about our job. I have one daughter who is at university and she makes me proud every day. We love to go out and about especially for coffee and cake. If I’m ever missing, I will probably be near the sea eating Raspberry Ripple ice cream. I have a season ticket to watch Leeds Rhinos and get especially excited when they win. When I am not watching rugby, I love to sing in a choir and over the last few years have learned to crochet. I would like to learn more about the Welsh language as it was my grandad’s first language. I can speak a little but not as much as I would like. Diolch yn fawr!
Mrs Binns-Alexander - Class Teacher Hello, my name is Mrs Binns-Alexander and I am one of the teachers of the Marvellous Minibeasts in F2. I have taught across different year groups at Wellgate for seven years and over the last three years, I have loved teaching as part of the F2 team. I enjoy how different every day and every learning moment can be. One of my biggest inspirations in teaching is educationalist Greg Bottrill – I think he is a genius and has such a fascinating understanding of childhood, education and the magic of children. I have two beautiful children and love spending time exploring and adventuring with them. As a family we are always busy on our exploits, walking and talking about the things we see. Although, this is frequently talking about which is our third favourite insect and how many spiders we think would fit in a pocket. I wish I knew more about Science. My mind was blown at a recent conference when the speaker talked about Quantum Physics. I think in another life I would like to come back as a physicist.
Miss Beasley - Teaching Assistant Hello, my name is Miss Beasley and I recently joined the Marvellous Minibeasts in F2. I am so proud to be joining the team. I loving watching children in class grow and succeed in their learning and am looking forward to being part of their school journey at Wellgate. I enjoy learning different languages and speak both English and Spanish. I’m hoping to learn more about Makaton so I can further support any children with communication needs.
Mrs Mason - Teaching Assistant Hello, my name is Mrs Mason and I am proud to work with the Marvellous Minibeasts in F2. I love being part of the Foundation Team and watching the children learn and grow. I think it’s incredibly humbling to see the positive difference I make to the lives of the children in my class. My favourite children’s book to read is ‘Room on the Broom,’ – you’re never too old to enjoy the magic in a story. You can often find me out in the wilderness, walking my beloved dog. I also love spending my time with my nieces and nephews and being part of their world. My family is very important to me, especially my dad who is my biggest inspiration. I enjoy learning about people, places and music. I would love to be able to learn to speak another language fluently one day. I do have a GCSE in Spanish but can barely string a sentence together with it. Developing this skill is definitely on my to-do list.
Miss Cawthorne - Teaching Assistant Hello, I’m Miss Cawthorne and I love being part of the Wellgate team. I have worked in Early Years at Wellgate for a long time and love supporting the Marvellous Minibeasts in F2. I love everything about working with children especially seeing them blossom and sharing with them about all their different interests and hobbies. I have a beautiful little girl, who I am incredibly proud of. She’s got an amazing character and every moment with her is incredible and unique. I love baking and can’t wait until she is old enough to learn to bake some of my favourite recipes with me.
Mrs Guest - Teaching Assistant Hello, my name is Mrs Guest. I would describe myself as a kind, honest and friendly person who loves working in education. I recently joined Wellgate and the Marvellous Minibeasts in F2. I can’t wait to share with the children my favourite book, The Gruffalo and see the smiles on their faces. I love to see the children I work with learn and develop. I have two lovely children and I am so very proud of them and all their achievements big or small. My family are very important to me and I love that most of them still live in the area I grew up in. I love learning new skills and would really like to learn sign language. I don’t speak any other languages but you never know what’s round the corner.
Days to remember...
Wednesday - PE Thursday - Please return your reading record and reading books to school Friday - New reading books, sound sheets and lesson links sent home
What do we learn about in Class F2SB/JBA?
Each day we will complete our Phonics, Maths and Story lessons.
Autumn Term Text Drivers – The Little Red Hen, Can’t You Sleep Little Bear Communication & Language - Listening carefully and talking about and retelling stories Personal, Social & Emotional - Becoming familiar with routines, exploring emotions and feelings Physical Development - Movement Skills and developing Fine Motor Skills Literacy - Learning to read and write single letter sounds, Fred Games Mathematics - Counting and subitising numbers and amounts Understanding the World - Talking about our families, exploring the natural world, finding out about traditions and celebrations Expressive Arts & Design - developing storylines in pretend play, listening and responding to different styles of music, creating pictures and models using a range of materials
Continuous Provision – Role Play, Small World, Building Blocks, Funky Fingers, Writing, Drawing, Sensory, Reading Corner, Sand, Water, Playdough, Imagination Station, Lego Models, Mindfulness, Maths and Number, Games and Turn taking, Junk Modelling.
Visits – Visits from a range of People Who Help Us including Doctors, Nurses, Police Officers During this term, we will be reading many stories, rhyme and poems including: The Three Little Pigs, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Goldilocks & the three bears, Six Dinner Sid, Can’t You Sleep Little Bear, Pumpkin Soup, The Christmas Story