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



This term we will be adventuring into the enchanting topic of ‘Castles’.  During this topic we will read a selection of texts based around castles and asking questions such as: What was it like for people living in a castle? Which location would be suitable for a castle? Which is the best material for building a castle?


Enjoy Achieving Together At Home 

Week beginning 17th June 2019



This week Year 1 be planning and writing their own non-fiction text based around castles. Year 2's will continue writing a descriptive piece of text based on the stunning picture book 'Return' by Aaron Becker. Throughout the week, as always, we will focus on our handwriting skills as well as spelling, punctuation and grammar. 



In maths Year 1 will be finishing place value and begin addition and subtraction skills whilst Year 2 will be continuing studying 3D shape and revisiting multiplication.


Wider Curriculum

In Science we continue with our study of materials by investigating the various properties of materials.  In PE, we will be concentrating on our Maypole dance in preparation for the Summer Fair.   In RE we will continue to explore why Zacchaeus might have been surprised that Jesus wanted to talk to him and how this helped him change his attitude. 


                                          Author of the Month

 Tomie de Paola 



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 




  Diary dates

* Annual Village Fair - Saturday 29th June

* Year 1 Beeston Castle trip  - Thursday 11th July



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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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