The EYFS unit team
Mrs Laura Lewis - EYFS lead/ Reception Class Teacher
Mrs Sophie Lemmer - Nursery Class Teacher
Ms Jenna Priddis - Reception Teaching Assistant
Mrs Emma Hogarth - Nursery Assistant
My name is Sophie Lemmer, and I am the proud Nursery teacher at Rockbeare Church of England Primary school. My journey at Rockbeare started in September 2021 as a student teacher and I explored teaching in all classes from Reception to year 6. I officially joined the amazing team here in September 2022.
I have taken part in a school direct course that was in partnership with First Federation Trust; at the end of my studies, I was awarded with a Merit in a PGCE with QTS in July 2022. I have also studied a foundation degree in teaching and learning and a bachelor's in professional practice with The Learning Institute, which is in partnership with the University of Worcester, alongside working as a Teaching Assistant for five years within the First Federation Trust prior to my teaching career.
In my previous role as a Teaching Assistant, I have gained a lot of experience in teaching all primary year groups and supporting children with additional needs. I have completed a course on attachment-based mentoring and a Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties, which has been extremely helpful in making a difference in the way I support children. To add to this, I have worked closely with an Occupational Therapist to find ways to best support sensory needs. This provided me with a better understanding of how sensory needs can impact readiness to learn. Additionally, I took on the responsibility of supporting children who were part of a family that could not speak the English language (EAL).
I strongly believe in creating a safe, engaging, and effective learning environment in a supportive atmosphere where children's needs and wellbeing are considered constantly. I want all children to succeed and reach their full potential whilst developing confidence and self-esteem. I also believe that one of the most important things that teachers can do to help their pupils achieve is to show them that they are capable of anything if they put their minds to it and that we should actively encourage children to take responsibility for their learning and help to instil a love for this within them. I actively support a love of learning within my classroom through providing playful and meaningful experiences that develop inquisitive and explorative learners that are up for a challenge. I am really looking forward to supporting the youngest members of our school at the very start of their learning journey.
I’m Emma Hogarth, I work as a Nursery Assistant within Acorn’s class.
I have an NVQ level 2 in Early Years and Education, I qualified in 2000. I also have CACHE level 2 certificate in understanding children’s and young people’s mental health, and first aid qualifications.
I have more than 20 years childcare experience ranging from babysitting and Nannying to Day Nurseries and the EYFS classroom at Rockbeare. I joined the Rockbeare team in December 2019, first within Nursery, and more recently in the new EYFS Nursery & Reception class.
As well as raising 6 children of our own, my Husband and I also provide respite care for two children with additional needs.
I take great pride in helping create a friendly, inclusive learning environment that puts children and their families at the heart of all we do.