Beech Class 2018 - 2019

Mr Heathcote

Mr Heathcote

I am really excited to be teaching at Whitegate! I qualified as a teacher in 2015 and have found my first few years in teaching to be fantastic!
I am a huge fan of cricket and I love nothing more than watching or playing the game. I also really enjoy playing football and squash and enjoy going out on my bike. I am also actively involved in my church where I regularly play piano.


Class teacher – Mr Heathcote (


Teaching Assistants - Mrs Metcalf, Mrs Rowland and Mrs Feast


Spring term


This term we will be “Messing about in boats!” We will be focusing in on the wonderful story book ‘The Butty Boy’ by Jill Paton Walsh and using this as inspiration for fantastic writing, magnificent art and brilliant maths. The story follows Harry as she travels along the canal and we will follow her in her adventure exploring how its narrative helps make the characters, setting and plot clear and also how it uses a range of different sentence structures to keep the reader interested. It is certainly going to be a very interesting and fun ride!


Enjoy Achieving Together At Home 


Week beginning Monday 25th February 2019



This week we will be looking at a brand new book! Mrs Ross and I are very excited to be reading it with you and over the course of the week, Beech will be creating some beautiful descriptive writing and also developing our understanding of a character to help us with writing a diary.


This week in maths, we will be starting our look at time. We will be looking particularly at telling the time using analogue clocks and learning how to tell time all the way from o’clock, to minute by minute. It would be a great time to encourage your child to wear their watch and also to talk about the time at home.

Wider Curriculum

In science this week we will be carrying out a dissection of a plant to learn about the different parts they have. We will start our build up to Easter by looking at what worship songs tell us about the most important Christian celebration and we will be looking at canals and why locks are so important.


Stories of the Month

The Butty Boy Jill Paton Walsh

Snowy – Berlie Doherty and Keith Bowen



Don't forget.......

       Reading books and home contact books in school everyday.

      Swimming kits must be in on Tuesdays so we can go swimming.

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



Diary dates:

       *  Friday 8th March - Class sharing assembly




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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