Hello and welcome to Year 6! My name is Billy Wakefield and I am originally from the East midlands of England, near Leicester. I am really excited to start our new adventure together as the first ever Year 6 class at our new HeadStart Cherngtalay campus! I started my teaching career as a teaching assistant in England, before completing a three year degree in Primary Education at the University of Derby. I have taught in all year groups, spending five years teaching in England and two years in an International School in Spain. The last six years of my career have been spent in Years 5 and 6 and that is where I enjoy teaching the most. I have loved teaching in every school that I have worked at and learned so much from each setting, but am very much looking forward to bringing my passion, experience and energy to our Year 6 classroom at HeadStart Phuket. I am passionate about reading and developing a love for reading. I have read hundreds of books aimed at children in Key Stage 2 so if you ever need a recommendation for a good author, just let me know! I also love writing and am currently in the process of writing my own story, but it’s a tough journey! In Year 6, hard work and fun go hand-in-hand. We will be expected to be resilient learners, who challenge ourselves and take risks in our learning. Although this can sometimes seem scary, we will make sure the Year 6 learning environment is a safe space to try new things and make mistakes, free from judgement. We will work hard to progress not only academically, but in our team, there will be an important focus on developing the key learner attributes to ensure we are ready for Year 7 and the next step in our educational journey. Children learn most effectively when they feel safe, are fully engaged in their lessons and enjoy coming to school. For this reason I work hard to make sure lessons are fun and tailored to the interests of the children in my team. I also believe humour is very important and will try to inject and encourage laughter whenever possible. I can’t wait to get to know everyone in my team and to begin learning lots and laughing lots!