Oak Class 2019 - 2020

Miss Webb

I qualified as a teacher in 1994 and my first degree is in art; a subject about which I am passionate and in which I maintain a personal interest. In more recent years, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to undertake a Master's degree, where I researched schools' approaches to the teaching of writing. I found this really interesting and enjoyed the chance to work with colleagues in other schools, and to investigate best practice in learning and teaching. As the school’s English leader, these experiences have been invaluable in helping me to shape our new and dynamic curriculum which hopefully inspires our children to become the writers of tomorrow.

I have taught children across the primary phase, including in a township school in Johannesburg, South Africa. This was an amazing experience, that will stay with me forever, as it was challenging and rewarding in equal measure. I think teaching is a fabulous job because every day is different. I enjoy sharing children’s learning journey in our wonderful school and feel privileged to be part of the team.

In my spare time, I enjoy gardening and dream of having a smallholding. I've taken the first step towards this, by training to be a beekeeper and keeping hives of bees in my garden. They are truly fascinating creatures to learn about, and the added bonus is that they supply delicious honey.


Class Teacher - Miss Webb  (mwebb@whitegate.cheshire.sch.uk)

If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you.

If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.  -Anonymous  

Delving in to Antarctica: A new class and a new year bring an exciting topic where we shall investigate life in Antarctica, the lure of the polar region and man’s unrelenting quest to explore this barren continent. We’ll investigate life in extreme living conditions, for both man and beasts.  -89°C! It’s going to get pretty chilly around here but fear not; preparations are under way - our class igloo is under construction and will soon be in use as home to our own polar research station. Get ready for the adventure and if you’re really lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the ethereal beauty of the Aurora Australis!


Proposed curriculum for week beginning Monday 9th December, 2019:

Please have play scrips in school daily and learn your lines! 


Assessment of current learning. This will enable targeted forthcoming learning.  

Big Maths - a daily focus on mathematical fluency plus a Friday quiz to keep skills sharp.  

Number: Revision of formal methods of addition and subtraction,using the inverse as a checking strategy.  

Formal methods of multiplication and division. 

Multiples, factors and prime numbers. 

Times tables - the basis for much of our Maths work.  There is a times tables grid in the homework diaries to support learning and there are website links at the bottom of the page. Times tables will in invaluable in our upcoming work on fractions so please take the opportunity to revise this key skill.   


Exploring and analysing factual texts. 

Reading and spelling assessments to inform future learning. 

Exploring exciting vocabulary choices and sentence structures to support  writing.

Using editing stations and conferencing partners to improve writing. 

Y5/6 statutory spellings.

Securing handwriting skills, ensuring letter formation is precise when using a joined, cursive script  

Wider Curriculum

Science: The function of the heart, blood and the circulatory system. 

Music/Dance/Drama: Christmas performance rehearsals.                                                                         


Christian Community

During Advent, we are reading a chapter a day of the gospel of Luke.


P.E Kits: These are needed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Please have kit in school daily so that you are ready for any additional sporting opportunities.

Art Shirts: It is really useful if you have an old shirt to wear over your uniform, to save any painting disasters! 

Reading: It is expected that children will read with an adult at home at least 4 or 5 times a week.  We ask that parents sign on the days they read with their child.

Spellings to Learn: These are in reading diaries, in the targets section.  The Y5/6 National Curriculum words are in the back of diaries and the children can refer to these in lessons.






Grammar Support - revise key terminology and skills




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Mrs Teresa Finney

Head teacher:
Mrs Caroline Mackenzie

Clerk to Governors:
Mrs Susan Knight

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