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, Miss Barlow and Mrs Feast


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We are collecting resources to make our own 'bug hotels' in D.T.
If possible, please can your child start to collect/bring in:
​​​​​​ straw, moss, dry leaves, woodchips, old terracotta pots, old roofing tiles, bricks, old logs, bark, pinecones, sand, hallow bamboo canes or any other natural materials you find! We will be able to store any donations in school by the greenhouse. We hope to make our bug hotels week beginning: Monday 3rd Febuary. 

Prodigy Maths: Each child has their own username and password stuck into their reading diaries. Prodigy is an online maths game personalised by Miss Monks and linked the UK National Curriculum. This will be updated as we cover each topic in maths.
Game Link:

Homework: Going out on Friday 10th January. 

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

- Dr. Seuss

Proposed Curriculum

Week Beginning:  Monday 20th January 2020 


Children have been put into smaller groups to learn and visit their sounds.

Recaping over the sounds:
‘au’ – Paul the astronaut
‘aw’ – yawn at dawn
‘ay’ – may I play
‘ea’ – cup of tea


Reading our vehicle text for the first time ‘The Last Wolf’ by Mini Grey.

  • Focusing on key vocabulary from the text.
  • Acting out different parts of the story.
  • Writing questions Little Red and the wolf might have asked each other when they first met.
  • Describing the wolf.
  • Discussing –ed spellings.
  • Finding alternative adjectives with the same meanings as key vocab from the text.


Subtraction within 20.

  • Recapping over number bonds to 20.
  • Subtraction by crossing out 10.
  • Subtraction within part whole models.
  • Subtraction within 10 frames.

Wider Curriculum:

(Continuing) Introduction to our courageous advocate – Greta Thunberg.
Greta Thunberg is 17 year old award winning environmental activist from Sweden. Greta has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, OCD and selective mutism but does not let these limit her potential to raise awareness of the issues our planet faces.

Music: Exploring nature music.

Science: Continuing with our plant topic.

D.T.: Researching and desiging bug hotels.

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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Chinese New Year Themed Week, by Mrs Mackenzie

Maple Sharing Assembly, by Mrs Mackenzie

Y1 Phonics Check, by Mrs Mackenzie

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