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Mr Hewitt-Boorman – Head of English

What is your role at Pinewood? Head of English, Head of Scholars & Year 8 form tutor

What do you like most about teaching English? Sharing my love of literature and the wonders of the writer’s craft. Challenging, crafting and celebrating children’s writing, empowering their ideas through discussion and making time for voracious reading. Above all, it is those moments of sparkle and joy that punctuate my day.

Tell us about your favourite/funniest memory of teaching English: I feel very fortunate that there are too many favourite moments, but every year the image of Year 8 dressed in outlandish clothes and wigs for the Scholars’ Magazine has me giggling.

Who is your favourite author and what is your favourite book? Poet – Seamus Heaney, Novelist – Charles Dickens, Playwright – Shakespeare (I know so predictable); Top book – ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck.

What do you like doing in your free time? Spending time with family, play fighting with the dog, windsurfing, paddle boarding and, of course, reading – especially poetry!

Mrs Birch

What is your role at Pinewood? Year 3 Form Tutor, Lower School Humanities and English, Year 6 English teacher.

What do you like most about teaching English? I love exploring different books with the children and watching their own writing styles develop.

Tell us about your favourite/funniest memory of teaching English: I love teaching English at Pinewood. Probably my favourite thing about it is teaching Year 3 and also working with year 6 – the contrast is really exciting.

Who is your favourite author and what is your favourite book? This is really tricky because I like to read such a range of genres! My favourite children’s book is ‘The Railway Children’ – it is such a wonderful, moving story and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it with my own children. My favourite children’s author has to be Roald Dahl – I have seen so many children become inspired and develop a love of reading from his stories.

What do you like doing in your free time? I absolutely love to read in my free time (I would always have my nose in a book if I could!), but I also love to play tennis, walk my adored cocker spaniel, create new recipes and spend time with my family.

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Mrs Davies

What is your role at Pinewood? English, History, Geography teacher. Head of Well-Being and Emotional Support.

What do you like most about teaching English? The creative aspects of English and sharing our class readers together.

Tell us about your favourite/funniest memory of teaching English: The funniest moment happens every year when we finish our class reader ‘Tuck Everlasting’ and then watch the film. There is a kissing scene and the children’s reaction is always hysterical. One girl (who shall remain nameless) even hid under the desk this year!

Who is your favourite author? Lucinda Riley

What do you like doing in your free time? Dog walking, reading, cooking and gardening. This has certainly changed over the years!!!

Mrs Llewellyn

What is your role at Pinewood? Year 4 Form Tutor; English and Humanities teacher to Years 4 and 5.

What do you like most about teaching English? I love getting stuck into the class readers and watching the children become absorbed in the stories. It is a pleasure to see their vocabulary and understanding increase.

Tell us about your favourite/funniest memory of teaching English: One of my favourite parts of teaching English at Pinewood is watching the children in the poetry competition. It is such a treat to see the different sets and year groups perform in the theatre and see how they rise to the challenge.

What is your favourite book? I have made time to read more over the past year and have enjoyed taking the time for myself. Recently I enjoyed ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and also ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’.

What do you like doing in your free time? I love to spend time with my family and friends over a noisy table full of good food and wine! Music is another passion and I have really missed singing in our local choir over the past year.

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Mrs Lawson

What is your role at Pinewood? I teach English and humanities to Year 3 and 5. I am also a Year 3 form tutor.

What do you like most about teaching English? I LOVE teaching English! We have a wonderful curriculum where we study different texts and I love helping children discover a love of language, how the way they construct a sentence or use a literary device can convey such meaning, and how words on a page can trigger such emotion!

Tell us about your favourite/funniest memory of teaching English: Every year I read ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo to Year 5. It is the most wonderful book with happy, sad and exciting moments in it. I never tire of it, but despite knowing the book so well, having read it aloud probably 5 or 6 times now, I ALWAYS cry in the final chapter and the class have to witness their teacher choking her way to the end, eyes filled with tears!

Who is your favourite author? J K Rowling, as she has inspired so many children (including my non-reading 19 year old) to read and love books. I would so love to meet her and understand how she developed her incredible plots.

What do you like doing in your free time? I would love to have time to read more, but also I love walking our dog and nurturing our new chickens!

Mrs Lloyd

What is your role at Pinewood? Year 3 form teacher.

What do you like most about teaching English? I love reading aloud to the children and watching their enjoyment as they listen intently to the stories we share.  The looks on their faces and the suspense – wonderful!

Tell us about your favourite/funniest memory of teaching English: I once did a creative writing lesson during our Stone Age topic and I persuaded Mr Lloyd to appear dressed as a Stone Age Man to inspire the children in their writing. I think it helped!

Who is your favourite author? Philippa Gregory – I love anything with a historical twist.

What do you like doing in your free time? Playing netball and cycling, although there’s not much free time with my 3 girls!

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Mrs Makin

What is your role at Pinewood? Year 4 Form Tutor, teaching English and the Humanities subjects. I also teach Geography to Years 7 and 8.

What do you like most about teaching English? It is a delight to witness the children’s imaginations and creativity at work. I love the freedom that English gives them to express their experiences and ideas. It is wonderful to see their development and their ability to use words to paint a vivid picture.

Tell us about your favourite/funniest memory of teaching English: Watching the children create their own Viking sagas during lockdown. They fully embraced their inner Viking warriors and retold their magical stories with enthusiasm and drama!

What is your favourite book? My favourite book is ‘Swallows and Amazons’. This timeless classic takes me back to my own childhood, playing imaginative games without a responsibility in the world!

What do you like doing in your free time? I love spending time with my family. We frequently go to Cornwall (my favourite place) and I adore long beach days, walking on the cliffs and surfing. I seem also to spend much of my time on the side of a cricket pitch!

Mrs Price

What is your role at Pinewood? I am a Year 4 form tutor, English teacher to Year 6, TPE & Learning Skills teacher

What do you like most about teaching English? I love getting the children to think about words and how they can change meaning, and how authors and poets use language to bring things to life and help us to experience the world around us through new eyes.

Tell us about your favourite/funniest memory of teaching English: I don’t have one specific memory, but I love it when the children go from ‘not liking/understanding’ poetry to realising how it ‘works’, why it is so brilliant, and best of all when they realise they can write their own fantastic poems!

Who is your favourite author and what is your favourite book? This is an impossible question! ‘My Family & Other Animals’ by Gerald Durrell and ‘Travels with my Aunt’ by Graham Greene both still make me laugh out loud and yearn to go abroad, and ‘The Great Railway Bazaar’ by Paul Theroux is my favourite travel book ever. Susan Cooper’s ‘The Dark is Rising’ series, however, really got me into reading when I was growing up – I got the box set for Christmas and just couldn’t put it down!

What do you like doing in your free time? Reading when I have time. Walking & exploring with my family. Going to the theatre and cinema – I can’t wait to start booking tickets again soon!

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Mrs Smyth

What is your role at Pinewood? Head of Lower School, Year 3 Form Tutor, teacher of English, humanities, Maths and games

What do you like most about teaching English? I like spending time exploring language with children and then helping them to apply these ideas to their own writing. I enjoy reading and sharing texts aloud, whether that is picture books or novels.

Tell us about your favourite/funniest memory of teaching English: My favourite projects have involved making giant Iron Men, volcanoes and dragons. Being creative and hands on really helps to bring the text alive!

Who is your favourite author and what is your favourite book? This changes all the time! I am currently reading Philip Pullman’s His Dark Material’s Trilogy, although I started with his more recent prequel, The Book of Dust. Philip Pullman is such a great author for description, action and plot. His books are real page turners.

What do you like doing in your free time? Walking, playing tennis and baking with my family. Playing hockey and reading are luxuries when time allows!

Mrs Wright

What is your role at Pinewood? I teach English and TPE to Upper School

What do you like most about teaching English? I love teaching English because it combines three wonderful elements – people, creativity and language. As we explore what writers have written we get to understand each other and ourselves better, and it’s fascinating to see what other people make of the world. I love seeing how very differently my pupils respond to creative tasks – there really is an infinite variety of possibilities! I also love playing with words and manipulating language to achieve different effects.

Tell us about your favourite/funniest memory of teaching English: Memorable teaching moments have been numerous, but highlights have been working with Year 8 to prepare and perform a rap for “Curtain Call” after Common Entrance one year. I had one or two exciting moments in the portacabin when lessons were disrupted by (very loud) falling pine cones banging on the metal roof!

Who is your favourite author? My favourite authors are those who can transport me to another world: Dickens, Hilary Mantel, Sebastian Faulks, for example.

What do you like doing in your free time? I like playing the harp, singing, knitting, cycling, cooking, walking and playing Scrabble.

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