Acorns 2017 - 2018

Mrs Brehaut

Mrs Brehaut

I have been a teacher since September 2000 and have worked at Whitegate since March 2011. Before teaching I worked in banking for twelve years. Training to be a teacher is one of the best decisions I have ever made - I am very fortunate to love my job!
My hobbies include eating out, travelling and reading - I particularly enjoy crime fiction. I adore going to the theatre to watch musicals and plays, and to date I have seen over thirty musicals. I am also actively involved in the church that I attend.
My husband is from Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands, hence my unusual surname that is pronounced Brayo. The Channel Islands are beautiful for a holiday when we visit my husband's family, as is Scotland when we visit my family in St Andrews, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Crieff. We have two sons in their twenties.


Class teacher - Mrs Brehaut  (

Teaching Assistant - Ms Ebbage


It is always exciting when the Early Years Foundation Stage children begin school. In Foundation Stage the children's learning is based on what they choose to learn about and we use the statutory curriculum to ensure we cover the necessary learning objectives. It is a very important stage of the children's development when a lot of learning takes place, both through adult led and child initiated learning.

The children have a  home/school diary for you to comment in when you have listened to your child read, a scheme book with illustrations and a few words, a 'read with a helper' book that is for you to read to your child (these will be changed two or three times a week) a Phonics book for parents letting you know what we are learning in class and an envelope of key words. 

Last week's 'Outstanding Behaviour Award' went to Alex and Frankie. 

Last week's 'Good Samaritan Award' went to Imogen. 

Last week's 'Writer of the Week' was Jacob.

Enjoy Achieving Together At Home 

Week beginning 23rd October 2017

Personal, Social and Emotional Development - The children have already settled very well into their new routine. Over the last few weeks they have been learning how to use each of the areas of learning set up in the classroom and outdoor area. They have been learning the importance of looking after resources and what expectations we have of them looking after their environment. Over the summer break there has been some damage to the outdoor area due to the weather and so over the next couple of weeks the children will be helping to fix musical chimes, numbers and letters to the fencing.  We are looking forward to the alterations that will be made to our outdoor area that will give us more space. Thank you to Mr Hammond for the donation of the new shed which will be inside our extended area and will become a reading and writing shed for the children to work in and enjoy. The children have planted pansies which are looking lovely and herbs that smell wonderful, so already the class are taking ownership of and responsibility for their learning environment. 

Phonics - The children will be recapping rhymes and learning new rhymes. They will be learning to read through Phonics and this week's sounds are w j v x .  TAKE A LOOK AT THE VIDEOS 'GERALDINE GIRAFFE' that are at the bottom of this webpage.  We will recap s  a  t  p  i  n  m  d g o c k ck e u r h f l b ll ff ss (Geraldine Giraffe videos for these can be found on You Tube or alternatively google 'Geraldine Giraffe and the sound you want) . We will practise segmenting (sounding out) and blending 'at, sat, pat, it, pit, sit, an, pan, tan, man, nan, in, din, tin, sin, pin, dog, sock, socks, pot, pots etc. 

English - The children will be taught to write their name using the correct formation beginning each lower case letter from the line. This week they will practise correct formation when writing their names each day. They will also begin Guided Reading sessions with the class teacher and will be thinking more about their likes and dislikes when we read this term's focus text 'You Choose'. We will have a focus on speaking and listening skills. Also this week we are beginning our booklets using the photographs sent into school. 

Maths - The children will be counting forwards and backwards from zero to twenty. They will practise number recognition to twenty and counting up to ten objects reliably. These activities will also be set up in the environment as child initiated challenges. The children will practise writing numerals in the air exercising gross motor skills and they will practise writing numerals using correct formation. 

R.E. - The children have been drawing their family and talking about them. We will discuss the family of God and our school family. This will be linked to the school's Five Golden Rules. The children will think about why Christians refer to God as Father and think of Him as Daddy. We will discuss special people in our lives. We will listen to the Parable of the Prodigal Son.

Child Initiated Learning is an important part of the EYFS curriculum. It is when the children learn through child initiated play that is observed by a practitioner who can intervene at the appropriate time to extend a child's learning. Challenges are set up each week to encourage children who are developmentally ready to 'have a go' and demonstrate their understanding of what has been taught during adult led sessions. 

Videos for Children There are a few videos below that will support your child's learning in class and I hope that you will enjoy these with your children. Some are American and so in class we use English pronunciation, for example, twenny is corrected to twenty and the children are told why. Each week I will update the Phonics videos to match the sounds we are learning. The rest of Geraldine's Phonics can be found on You Tube. 

Newsletters, Topic Webs and Plans can be found beneath all the videos in 'Files to download'.



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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