A West Norfolk teacher has become a YouTube hit with her daily online lessons.

Jackie Patnell, a teacher at Sandringham and West Newton Primary Academy, began posting phonics and maths classes to help her reception puils with their home learning during the pandemic.

Now she has around 1,000 subscribers and has received thank you messages from families around the world.

“I knew my reception class wouldn’t reach their full potential if I simply gave them worksheets for maths and phonics,” Mrs Patnell (pictured) said.

She added: “Four and five-year-olds would benefit more from seeing their usual teacher teaching in a similar way to what they were used to in the classroom. 

“I am about to hit 1,000 subscribers to my channel and considering that I was hoping to just attract my nine pupils, this now feels like a real success and a great way to have worked during lockdown.

“I received thank you messages from people in several different continents and this was when I felt really proud and extremely happy to be helping out so many people that were suffering from the same struggles all around the world.”

Mrs Patnell said she had adapted the lessons to make them more entertaining for youngsters, while still being educational.

“This proved trickier in some more than others, especially during a lesson on time, when I had to time my chicken racing round my back garden – this took several takes, never work with chickens,” she joked.

The primary school, part of the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust, has fewer than 100 pupils on roll.

Executive headteacher Jane Gardener added: “I have been so impressed with how all the staff have adjusted to managing learning remotely. 

“Our wonderful team has supported our children and families and we have received such positive feedback at this challenging time. 

“Jackie’s creativity producing online lessons for her reception class in phonics and maths has been a tremendous success, with wonderful feedback from not only our own families but from those far and wide.”