Hi, my name is Mr Keir and I am the class teacher of Dosbarth Poppy in Year 1.
I originally joined George Street as a Newly Qualified Teacher teaching Year 2 after successfully completing my PGCE at University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Swansea. During my training year I was incredibly fortunate to experience teaching across both Primary phases, from Nursery all the way to upper Key Stage 2.
The philosophy of the Foundation Phase is a great passion of mine as I love the opportunity it allows for independent, creative investigations, even from the very youngest children in our school. The children in Dosbarth Poppy are amazing at driving their own learning, whether it’s creating their own authentic learning experiences or challenging themselves during their play. I get so excited when I see the children learning new skills or discovering solutions to problems through their own play and hard work. This is the philosophy that drives our class and the children are very much front and centre in dictating where their learning goes next. As teacher I facilitate their choices and ideas the best I can to make sure they truly gain authentic experiences during their time in school.
In addition to my role as class teacher, I am team leader of Year 1 and 2 at George Street. I also work with Cardiff Metropolitan Univeristy partners in my role of Research Champion and Lead Enquirer. These positions allow me opportunities to develop research projects that not only support trainee teachers as they begin their careers, but also use enquiry to drive our school’s approach and philosophy in implementing Curriculum for Wales, due in 2022.
I am a keen player of many sports, as well as a Cricket Wales junior cricket coach, and so therefore I love to see my pupils being active as they learn. Nurturing creativity is also very important to me, as in my spare time I love to read, write stories, and play music on my guitar - although my neighbours may not love it quite as much as me!
Working closely with parents and families is essential to ensure the children achieve their absolute potential, and so my door is always open. If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to see me before and after school. Also, if you would like to keep up to date with what we've been up to in class, you can follow Year 1 on Twitter at @GSPriYear1