‘Trusting in God; Growing in Wisdom’

Willow Class 2022 - 2023




Class teacher - Mr M Heathcote

Learning Support Assistants - Mrs W Rowland and Mrs C Morris


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The Birth of Civilisation

This is going to be an exciting term! We will be voyaging into the past to explore the ancient Greek Civilisations. This is often referred to as the place were civilisation was born, but what does this mean? Together, we will explore this and many other profound questions and ideas which all stem from this fascinating period of history.

Also, we will be exploring the solar system, serving up a banquet, learning how to play the ukulele, exploring the Bible and some of its key characters, comparing cities and visiting the National Space Museum. It promises to be an incredible busy term.

Do not forget to look at the bottom of the page for this terms Knowledge Organiser and our topic map.



Reading is at the heart of successful learning and we will immerse ourselves in a range of quality texts over the course of the year.  As Reading is a priority across all subjects, we regularly use a range of fiction and non-fiction texts in our lessons to help inform richer learning across the curriculum in the afternoon. 

In addition to this cross-curricular learning, a single day might also see us exploring the motivations of characters in our gripping class novels or simply allowing children time to develop a love of reading through our provision of high-quality fiction books.  Wherever and whenever possible, we will prioritise developing the skills and positive attitudes towards Reading that will enable Willow class to become confident, informed and engaged learners. 

Our star author this term is Michael Rosen. We are really excited to be getting into some of her stories soon!

Home Reading expectations are detailed below, but should your child express and interest in a particular author, series or genre, please let us know and we would be delighted to order books from our library partners free of charge. Visits to your local library are also encouraged!



PE will be happening twice a week and the pupils will need to come into school in their PE kit. Our PE days are Tuesday and Friday.



Please ensure your child reads at home at least 4 times per week.  In Year 4 and 5, they are expected to record their own reading in their Home – School contact books; parents just need to sign each time. 

TT Rockstars should be practised at least 3 times per week also for a minimum of 10 minutes each time.

Don't forget about Education City as well!

Both TTRS and Education City will be up and running the coming weeks. 

If you have any questions, please get in touch with me using the Home-School book or by email via this address: contact@whitegate.cheshire.sch.uk   








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