At Oxbridge Lane Primary School, Oxbridge, Stockton from 1985 – 1991 I had a wonderful six years. The school was a large multicultural school with pupils from a variety of faiths. It had a good reputation in the area with hard working teachers who provided their pupils with a varied and interesting curriculum.
During this period I had responsibility for developing the maths curriculum, as I favoured a more practical, hands on, approach to learning, and PE, as I enjoyed sport, teaching PE throughout the school at times. Alongside activities organised by the school, I organised many additional school activities during my six years at the school.
I taught the older classes (Year 5,6), with a different class each year, except 1987-89 when I had the same class at Year 5 then Year 6. This class had some challenging pupils, but I had a wonderful two years with them, as we had a great understanding.
In 1987, with other teachers from Oxbridge, I took Year 6 pupils to Asnieres, a small taken near Paris, where we stayed in a boarding school. The school was closed to pupils for the holidays, and used by other schools that wanted to visit Paris. We travelled to France by coach, a very long and uncomfortable journey. We had two travelling days and six days in France.
We had a barbecue with members of the local community and a disco during our stay at the school. Everyone was very hospitable. During our visits to Paris we visited all the usual sights; Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Sacre-Coeur, Champs-Elysees, Notre-Dames de Paris, Le Louvre, Montmartre, Centre George Pompidou and Versailles. We also visited many other sites including Place du Trocadero where there were some very talented and skilful teenagers on roller boots, performing some incredible acrobatic feats in front of a delighted audience of tourists.