She is an exotic, enthusiastic Early Years teacher and she has a lot to teach us. So what does Madame Gazelle do to show us that Ofsted would find her Outstanding (or at least Good with Outstanding Elements)?
1. She Is Great at Expressive Arts and Design
Who could forget her wonderful lesson where she played music for the children and asked what the music made them think of? Something that we all do for a great lesson then realise it can only loosely be linked to Development Matters. Proof that Devleopment Matters isn't everything, although it is great evidence for Characteristics of Learning and for Cultural Capital. She is also a superstar at making sure those kids know nursery rhymes and can make up new songs of their own, hitting Expressive Arts and Design (30 - 50 month) hard. Bravo Madame Gazelle!
2. People Who Help Us? She Has That Covered
Madame Gazelle isn't afraid to embrace other professions and she showed us her amazing teaching skills by incorporating a visit from the police (People and the Communities 30 - 50 months) with some Bikeability sessions (spot of Physical Development there). Double whammy Madame Gazelle. Good woman!
3. Expressing Ourselves Through Movement
Madame Gazelle not only encourages dance in music lessons but even has her own ballet class!
4. She Is All In With Geography
Not quite at National Curriculum yet but she is laying those foundations and also promoting British Values of tolerance and understanding as she hosts the class International Day. I bet she voted 'Remain'!
5. Teaching Standards - Done!
She really does hit that Teaching Standard of "Fulfill Wider Professional Responsibilities" as she organises every school fete, sports day and school production. This woman deserves a pay rise!
6. Exploring History with Time Capsules
Ah yes. The iconic episode where we learn that Madame Gazelle also taught all of the mummies and daddies and so is obviously now so old that she is just slogging away for a last few years in order to top up her Teacher's Pension as much as possible. Even now, so close to retirement that she could touch it, she displays superb positive vibes and doesn't even make that little idiot Rebecca Rabbit feel stupid for wanting to put a carrot in the time capsule. Yes a real carrot. Have you ever left a bag of carrots for too long and had to throw them away? That time capsule is going to be slimy and manky by the time they open it. Literally every other child's contribution will be mush. Selfish Rebecca. Just selfish.
So Madame Gazelle really is amazing. Let's just hope that Ofsted don't find out about that one time she took the entire class to London with only one other adult, shoved them on the top deck of an open top bus without seat belts then conned the Queen into driving a bus for them, most likely without adequate business insurance or risk assessments. Also let's hope she never joins Facebook, because if she does she will get some serious micro-plastic abuse for the excessive use of glitter in the episode where every child had to make a cardboard castle for homework and it looked like a glitter factory explosion by the end of the episode.
Madame Gazelle - We salute you!