Eastgate- here we come!

As we progress through our second year in the juniors, we continue our exploration of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP).  Following a two year rolling curriculum, across Year 3 and 4, Eastgate’s thematic approach to learning is underpinned by six transdisciplinary themes: –

1. Who we are.

2. Where we are in place and time.

3. How we express ourselves.

4. How the world works.

5. How we organize ourselves.

6. Sharing the planet.

Miss O’Donoghue and Miss Pearson are dedicated to offering a rich and varied curriculum, prioritising the supported development of ‘the whole child’. Eastgate start every half term with an exciting and inspiring stimulus, motivated by an inquiry-led, Transdisciplinary Framework. We explore subjects topically and opportunities are regularly facilitated for the application of knowledge and skills, in real-life contexts. In the summer term, Eastgate embark on their third residential experience- a memorable adventure not to be missed.

The Teaching Team

Class Teacher – Miss O’Donoghue

Additional Adult – Miss Pearson

PE Teacher – Miss Valentine & AJ Huddart.

Music Teacher – Mr Jones.

A Typical Day in Eastgate

8:30- 8:5 am – Morning Challenges and Register

A range of challenge activities are set to consolidate children’s learning and ignite prior knowledge. This time allows Eastgate to prepare for the school day, gathering their resources and developing their understanding of knowledge and skills. Targeted support, interventions and 1:1 reading also takes place during this time.

8:50- 10:00 am – Literacy Carousel

In targeted, smaller groups Eastgate work their way around a literacy carousel of learning. This includes a SPAG lesson, a reading comprehension task and a guided reading session, which are further consolidated with an independent task.

10:00-11:00 am – Literacy

Literacy is often a learning adventure in which a wide range of text genres are teased out of the half term book or topic focus. Each half term Eastgate enjoy a new text type linked to their Transdisciplinary Theme. Building on their understanding of genres, the children are challenged to uncover specific features, immerse themselves within a vehicle text and eventually internalise, orally rehearse and write their own versions. Through the use of vocabulary rich examples, the children develop their literacy skills and take a conscientious attitude to improvement, through peer assessment and target setting opportunities.

10:50- 11:15 am- Break and Snack

Eastgate can bring their own snack (fruit) and/or money (50p) to buy juice and toast at school.

11:15- 11:30- Independent Reading Time.

Whether its independently enjoying a good book or reading outlaid to a teacher, this time offers Eastgate the time to calm themselves after an productive playtime and ensure they practise the skill of reading.

11:30- 12:30 pm – Math

Song and dance is often featured in our lessons to consolidate prior learning and stimulating new knowledge. We like to get practical in math, take our learning outside and exercise the real life application of our learning. Scaffolding Eastgate’s learning journey through the concrete use of resources before progressing to pictorial and abstract representations, ensures productive math lessons.

12:30-1:30 pm- Lunch and Break Time

1:30- 2:30 – Unit of Inquiry

A special time of togetherness in which the children explore their Transdisciplinary Theme across curriculum subjects. Geography, history, art, science PSHE and RE all feature as part of Eastagate’s discovery of their central idea.


Mr Jones teaches Eastgate music on alternative Wednesdays at 2pm.


PE is taught on Monday, Thursday and Friday. Please bring PE kit to change into for these sessions.


Spanish is taught on Friday.

The Eastgate Team