Maple Class 2019 - 2020

Miss Monks

I am delighted to have joined the team at Whitegate as the class teacher of Maple! Having taught previously down South, it's lovely to be back local and starting a new adventure with Year 1. In Maple we see each day as an opportunity to learn while having fun. It's place where we can learn from mistakes and celebrate each other's successes. Outside of school I enjoy being part of a drama group and looking after my many plants.


Class Teacher - Miss O Monks (

Teaching Assistants -  Miss Weedall and Mrs Feast


Follow our adventures on Twitter @WhitegateMaple

Gardening Club:
Wednesday afternoons 3:15PM - 4:15PM.
If possible please bring wellies/outdoor shoes and gardening gloves. Thank you.
For photos of what we get up to in Gardening Club please visit Maple's Twitter. Thank you.

Blue Planet Aquarium:
We had a wonderful time on our school trip. For photos please visit our class Twitter page. Thank you.

Homework: Number bonds to 10.
Please support your child in filling in the number bonds with two colours to show part + part = 10. Can they find all the different ways of making ten? Example: 2 + 8 = 10 and 5 + 5 = 10.
Due: Wednesdsay 16th October. Books will go back out on Friday 18th October.

Maple Homework:

  • Maths Whizz! Maths homework will be stuck in books every 2 weeks. 
  • Reading Champions! Please read with your child 4 times a week and sign in their diary. Children are expected to change their own reading books in an afternoon. If they are unsure of this, please prompt your child to ask an adult in class to explain again. 
  • Spelling Superstars! Every Friday we will have a small spelling test. 
  • Delving into the Ocean! Every week, please choose an element off this sheet and explore in your own way. For example, make an art DIY, research on the internet, find a related book in the library, write some sentences using the key vocab, draw a picture, etc. 

Proposed Curriculum

Week Beginning:  Monday 14th October 2019

(learning and revisiting)

'ar' start the car
'ow' blow the snow
'ow' brown cow
'au' Paul the astronaut
'ai' snail in the rain


Book: The Secret of Black Rock:
(Continuing:) Writing and editing our return story.
What makes a good sentence?
- capital letters
- full stops
- finger spaces
- conjunctions (and)
- adjectives


Subtraction within 10.
One more and one less within 10.
Recaping over addition and beginning to see links between addition and subtraction number bonds and sentences.
3 + 2 = 5    and     5 - 3 = 2
(uses same numbers in different order)

Wider Curriculum:

Geography - Making a treasure map using a key and symbols.
(Continuing) Music – Song, dance and instrument to the wind.


Practicing and performing The Harvest Samba at Church.
(Continuing) Bible stories and quotes to support our understanding of the Christian value of Love. 

Any questions (big or small) please speak with me at the end of the day.
Thank you for your support,
Miss Monks
Maple Class Teacher

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Contact the School

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