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Emma Tarry

Head of Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) & Reception Teacher

PGCE (Hons) with specialism in Spanish
BA (Hons) in Hispanic Studies

What did you do before you came to teach at Oakwood? 
I taught in Poole, Dorset and Southfields, London. Before that I was a Production Assistant at BBC Radio Drama, going into the studios with writers and actors.

What qualities are important for a teacher?
I think a teacher must be passionate about learning; a good communicator; organised; kind and friendly; and positive!

What are the best ways to encourage and motivate children?
To always seek the best, praising the efforts they put in and gently direct them when they need it.  I also find it is so important to get to know them and find what they love to do, using this to spark their interests in lessons.

As well as teaching, what other activities and roles do you get involved in at the school?
I am a mummy at school too!
I look after three year groups - Reception, Kindy and Nursery and work closely with Mrs Bradbury to manage the EYFS department.

What do you think makes Oakwood special?
Oakwood is about family and it is a family in itself - everyone is special and has a role to play; everyone knows and cares about each other, from staff, parents and of course children. 

Tell us about someone or something that inspires you?
My daughters inspire me to be a better teacher as watching them learn every day is just amazing!

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at school?
I love going for family walks and out for coffee. I spend a lot of time with our extended family too. I love crafting and reading!

What is one of your favourite Oakwood memories?
There are too many! Every Nativity is just so special. Also driving the school minibus around the Goodwood Race Track on a Reception school trip was rather fun… even if it was at 20mph!

What is your favourite time of year at Oakwood?
I love Autumn - the start of a new academic year; the leaves all changing; seeing children change into their winter uniforms and the preparation for Christmas!

What would you do if you weren’t a teacher?
I would probably still be working in Radio in some role or another.