Elm Class 2018 - 2019

Mrs Ross

Mrs Ross

I am thrilled to be working at Whitegate C of E Primary School teaching Elm and being part of the wider community. Although this isn’t the first time that I have worked at Whitegate, prior to starting my teacher training I volunteered in the classrooms and worked as a midday assistant. Since completing my training I have been teaching in Cheshire for 10 years. I am passionate about teaching and like to make learning fun and exciting for all the children.
Outside of school I enjoy walking, swimming and reading. Music is also a passion of mine, although I am not an expert musician, I love listening to all genres of music and thoroughly enjoy attending live performances.

Miss Patten

I am really excited to be part of the Schools Direct programme and completing my teacher training at Whitegate this year. I am enjoying being part of Elm class and I look forward to teaching them as the year progresses. It is such a rewarding job and I know that every day will bring something exciting and different. I have spent the last couple of years as an ESL teacher in Thailand and this is where I decided that I wanted to fully qualify as a teacher. Prior to this I completed my degree in Geography at the University of Leeds. I have a passion for travelling and exploring as much of the world as possible.



Class teacher - Mrs S Ross (sross@whitegate.cheshire.sch.uk)

Teaching Assistants -  Mrs Feast and Mrs Challoner



Welcome back everyone!  We hope you have had an enjoyable summer break and are ready for another exciting school year!  We are looking forward to seeing you all and finding out what you have been up to over the summer break.

This year, the term begins by studying traditional tales with a focus on 'The Gingerbread Man' which will include innovating the story to create our own unqiue versions, baking gingerbread and making puppets.  We will then move onto our main topic, 'The Marvels of Medicine'.  During this topic we will read a selection of texts with a medicine theme, learn about the history of medicine and the people who work in medicine including those who have had a significant impact such as Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole.


Enjoy Achieving Together At Home 

Week beginning Monday 10th December 2018


Number Facts - We will be focusing on using our number bonds to 10 and 20 to help us solve addition and subtraction problems.

Learning to count in 5s.


Poetry - Composing a poem entitiled 'Boats' inspried by our topic book 'Jack and the Flumflum Tree'.

Spelling, punctuation and grammar activites



We will be focusing on important events in Florence Nightingale's life and creating a timeline to represent this. 

Drama and Singing

 KS1 Christmas play.


                                          Author of the Month

Julia Donaldson


Don't forget.......

     * Reading books and home contact books in school everyday.

       Please ensure children are reading at least 5 times a week.

    * PE kits - PE lessons will be taking place on Mondays and 


   * Please bring a coat to school.

   * Please bring a water bottle every day. 

     Many thanks.


Diary dates

* KS1 Christmas Nativity  - Tuesday 11th December at 2:00pm

* KS1 Christmas Nativity  -  Wednesday 12th December at 5:30pm

* Christmas Jumper Day - Friday 14th December

Christmas Dinner  - Monday 17th December at 12:00pm

Carol Service  - Tuesday 18th December at 10am in St Mary's Church

Pantomime  - Wednesday 19th December in the afternoon

* Break up for Christmas  - Friday 21st Decemeber at 1:30pm


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Whitegate CE Primary School


Chair of Governors:
Mrs Teresa Finney

Head teacher:
Mrs Caroline Mackenzie

Clerk to Governors:
Mrs Susan Knight

Main Contact: Mrs Caroline Mackenzie Mrs Michelle Shephard (Bursar)

Tel: 01606 288080
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