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 and Mrs Rowland



This term begins with the fascinating topic of Birds. We will be starting our year by looking at the text ‘The Owl who was afraid of the dark’ by Gill Thompson and moving on later in the year to look at the story ‘Skyhawk’ by Gill Lewis. We will be creating our own unique stories based on these texts, doing plenty of patient bird watching and having the chance to get up close and personal with some incredible birds!


Enjoy Achieving Together At Home 


Week beginning Monday 17th December 2018

What a busy final week we have ahead of us!

We will be finishing off our fantastic story we have been reading, The Spy Pigeon. We will be writing from the perspective of Cher Ami as he flew with his precious message back to his loft. We will also finish the story and find out what happens to Joe in the end.

We will be looking at multiplication as well. We will use the numberline method to help us solve problems and also have a go at some mathematical problem solving. 

We will also be finishing off our look at the Magi and how important and significant their gifts to Jesus were.

We have the carol service and Christmas dinner on Tuesday, the pantomime on Wednesday and an early finish on Friday.


Stories of the Month

The Pigeon Spy - Terry Derry

The Owl who was afraid of the Dark – Gill Thompson


Don't forget.......

     * Reading books and home contact books in school everyday.

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


Diary dates:

       *  Friday 21st December – Finish 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