Oak Class 2018 - 2019

Miss Webb



I qualified as a teacher in 1994 and my first degree is in art; a subject about which I am passionate and in which I maintain a personal interest. In more recent years, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to undertake a Master's degree, where I researched schools' approaches to the teaching of writing. I found this really interesting and enjoyed the chance to work with colleagues in other schools, and to investigate best practice in learning and teaching. I have taught children across the primary phase, including in a township school in Johannesburg, South Africa. This was an amazing experience, that will stay with me forever, as it was challenging and rewarding in equal measure. I think teaching is a fabulous job because every day is different. I enjoy sharing children’s learning journey in our wonderful school and feel privileged to be part of the team.

In my spare time, I enjoy gardening and dream of having a smallholding. I've taken the first step towards this, by training to be a beekeeper and keeping hives of bees in my garden. They are truly fascinating creatures to learn about, and the added bonus is that they supply delicious honey.

WELCOME TO OAK!

Class Teacher - Miss Webb  (mwebb@whitegate.cheshire.sch.uk)

If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you.

If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.  -Anonymous

 

Enjoy Achieving Together at Home.  Week Beginning 10th June, 2019

Note: Our residential visit is this week, from Wednesday to Friday. Usual drop off time on Wednesday and usual pick up time on Friday. Follow @WhitegateOak on twitter for regular updates while we’re away.  Don’t forget to pack a sleeping bag, pillow case and a towel. Please bring a refillable water bottle and a packed lunch on Wednesday, preferably in disposable packaging. 

 

Please bring a coat to school (preferably one with a hood) as we still go outside at break time, even if it’s raining. 

The children in Y5 who are undertaking additional swimming sessions will need their kit/towel on Thursdays. 

 

MATHS

Extending our fluency with arithmetic.

 Problem solving in a range of contexts  

Times tables are essential to this topic so brush up using the games links at the bottom of the page. 

(See calculation policy for methods taught). 

Estimating answers and using the inverse as a checking strategy.  

Extending our understanding of the above to solve word problems.

ENGLISH

Note taking on visits to inform writing when we’re back at school. 

Researching answers to questions. 

Writing to demonstrate use of the year 5/6 statutory words, ensuring correct spelling and appropriate use. These are in reading diaries, if you want to brush up at home.

Answering reading comprehension questions in the most accurate and efficient manner, to secure the most marks.

Using a wider range of sentence structures.

Self-checking, editing and improving writing to ensure it meets ARE.

Publishing writing, using handwriting that is neat, legible and joined. 

Spelling to focus on words in the Y5/6 statutory word list and recapping on spelling strategies to aid memory and recall. 

Handwriting to focus on correct join formation and refinement of the continuous cursive style.  This supports the development of a neat, legible and fluent style of writing, that can be sustained throughout a text. 

Wider Curriculum

History: Project introduction and posing questions to research in the context of Crime and Punishment.

Geography: Location study linked to Australia.

Art: Art work in a range of media to inspire and reflect our learning. 

Music: We shall be learning the songs for Northwich sings and those to be performed in our end of year play.  Lyrics will be sent home for the children to learn.  Your support with this will be much appreciated. 

RE: Discipleship 

Science: Investigations, posing & answering questions based on scientific evidence. 

PE with MEvo coaches

 

 

Don't Forget ...

PE:  Please ensure all kit is in school every day.  If you have long hair, you will need a bobble. No jewellery, including stud earrings, is to be worn.  Please have kit in school every day, in case of changes to our proposed timetable. MEvo days are Wednesday and Thursday every week, and we have hall time slots on other days, to be used flexibly. 

PE Kit: As per the school policy, children need to wear a white t-shirt and blue shorts for PE.  A plain tracksuit can be worn during colder weather.  For indoor PE (gymnastics, dance etc), children need bare feet and for outdoor PE, they may wear trainers. 

Homework:  Homework is set every Friday and is due the following Wednesday. It is imperative this is handed in on time as we mark together, to address any misconceptions. Any extra tasks will be written in purple reading diaries,  so please keep checking. 

Spellings: Words from the National Curriculum year group lists are sent home half termly and are tested weekly in school.  Children will write the words as part of dictated sentences, to ensure they can spell them in context and in a random order, not just as on the given list.  These words have been stuck in reading diaries and children are encouraged to use these in their daily writing, where appropriate  

Reading diaries: Need to be signed four times a week please.  A sticker is given to children who meet this target. Research indicates that pupils who read regularly at home perform better in the End of KS2 assessments. Reading stamina is an essential life skill and not something we value solely for its role in enhancing test performance.  

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” 

Dr. Seuss. 

 

TIMES TABLES PRACTICE

SPACE INVADERS - TIMES TABLES  

 http://www.multiplication.com/games  

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Grammar Support - revise key terminology and skills

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/zhrrd2p

 

 

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Whitegate CE Primary School

Whitegate
Northwich
Cheshire
CW8 2AY

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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