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Spotlight on Mr Wright, Head of Science

Our new Head of Science, Mr Wright offers insight about his hobbies and interests outside of school and some words of wisdom.

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19 January 2024

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Spotlight on Mr Wright, Head of Science

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When are you joining Hallfield?

I joined Hallfield in January 2024

What are you looking forward to most about working at Hallfield?

The opportunity to work with young, curious scientists that will hopefully pursue one of the many fields within science as they continue their academic adventure.

What year group will you be teaching?

I will be teaching Years 4 to 8.

What is your favourite topic(s) to teach and why?

I enjoy cells and the human body. Being aware that there are microscopic structures that have their own sub-cellular structures and functions is fascinating. Guiding students through this topic and helping them discover these is also very rewarding as it unveils a whole new ‘micro-world’ to them. The human body also fascinates me: what are we made of? How we work? What can happen when we are unwell? – allows pupils to make comparisons and conclusions with reference to what is making that person unwell.

© Ben Phillips

How does your subject enhance a child’s curriculum / development?

I love science and I want to make the subject accessible to all. This involves my enthusiasm, encouraging students to work as a team as there will be times that they may well need to operate individually. However, multi-disciplinary teams are also essential to achieving success. I enjoy engaging with technology and making sure the students are involved with these appropriate, fun resources.

What careers would your subject be useful for?

Pupils wishing to pursue futures within medicine, research or perhaps teaching.

Where were you before you joined Hallfield?

Previously, I was working for University of Nottingham (Medical School) and Stowe School.

What made you want to become a teacher?

I have a passion for helping others, encouraging those that may enjoy certain topics but feel that firm grasp evades them. My own experiences have taught me that being self-disciplined very much helps, but having those around you that can guide, encourage and support you is just as essential.

© Ben Phillips

© Ben Phillips

What would we be surprised to know about you?

I enjoy the outdoors, completing the 3 peaks a while back. I am looking to complete more challenges should time permit.

What hobbies / interests do you have outside of school?

Spending time with my family, exercising, reading (currently Blake Crouch and Andy Weir) and outdoor pursuits.

If you could pass on any wisdom to your students, what would that be?

Problems have solutions, they may be difficult to find, however, with time and focus you can overcome even the most challenging of problems – Positive Mental Attitude (PMA).

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