Year 1 – Tirril
Teacher Q&A – Mr Crouch
What is your name? Matthew Crouch
What class do you teach? Year 1
How long have you worked at Yanwath? Just under four years, starting in September 2017.
What would the children be surprised to find out about you? That I don’t sleep at school?
Do you have any pets? Nope. I feel that with working in a school and not being at home from 7-6 most days it wouldn’t be fair to have a pet. Maybe I could get a fish?
How do you spend your school holidays? Whenever possible I like to go away. I often spend at least three weeks of the summer holidays in Spain, as well as going on city breaks during half terms. I like to explore the culture of new places (basically eating all the food possible)
What would be your favourite meal? ANYTHING. This is such a tough question as I basically live for food. Chinese, pizza, lasagne, a good roast dinner…can I have a buffet of about 10 dishes as my favourite meal?!
What makes a ‘good day’ at Yanwath? For me, my best days at Yanwath involve the school as a whole. Singing together, school sports days, visits and trips etc. I love the creativity of our children and the way they go whole-heartedly into anything and this really showcases itself during our off-curriculum days.
What is the best thing about being a teacher? Helping children to thrive. Igniting a love of learning and making things fun. Showing children that THEY matter. That light bulb moment when a child has struggled along with something and then BANG they get it and the fact you know you played a part in them getting it.
If you could pass any wisdom on to your students, what would you share? Enjoy your school days – they will go so quick and in 10-15 years’ time you will be wishing you could turn back the clock! Enjoy the time you have to play with your friends, learn new things and to just enjoy the world around you.