Who are Eastgate?
Eastgate are the Year 4 Class at St Martin’s Academy. In Eastgate, we follow a 2 year rolling curriculum across Year 3 and 4. The children in both year groups are taught through the same transdisciplinary themes across the 2 year period. Although, the content does vary according to the curriculum expectations for each year group. At St Martins, we teach the children through the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP), which is underpinned by the following 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.
All these themes have relevance to the real world, and by learning through these transdisciplinary themes, the children’s learning focuses on issues that go across all subject areas. The IB focuses on developing the whole child and as a result the approach encourages the children to develop a positive attitude towards their lifelong learning journey, as it is more meaningful and purposeful. It is important to note that as well as adopting the IB scheme, we do also follow the national curriculum, as it is a very valuable tool.
The Teaching Team
Class Teacher – Miss Dodd.
Additional Adult – Mrs Randall.
PE Teacher – Mr Freeman & AJ Huddart.
Music Teacher – Mr Jones.
Enterprise sessions- Mrs Rowlands.
A Typical Day in Eastgate
Morning Challenge/ Register – 8.30am – 9.00am
Like all classes in St Martins, the children come into the classroom freely, anytime between 8.30 and 9am. Once they arrive in the classroom, they self register themselves with their personalised pebbles and then complete 5 morning challenges, across the 5 mornings. These activities are designed and planned to either support/enhance current learning or reinforce prior learning from previous weeks. These challenges are a great way to engage the children in their learning from the minute they walk into the classroom, ‘warming up their brains’ for the day ahead. The class teacher then registers the children between 8.50am and 9.00am.
Guided Reading 9.00am – 9.40am
This is a 40-minute session where the children are split into 4 groups, and operate a carousel system. Throughout the week, all children will:
1. Individually read with either the class teacher or additional adult.
2. Complete a reciprocal read with either the class teacher or additional adult, where they answer specific inference based questions related to their groups’ guided reading books / predict themes / clarify tricky vocabulary / summarise.
3. Complete 2 independent guided reading, written activities, which are related to their guided reading book.
Maths 9.40am – 10.45am
Within maths, Eastgate learn a wide variety of concepts throughout the year. The children have time to recap on the knowledge they have acquired within the previous session before they begin their new lesson objectives. The children always have between 15-20 minutes input before they begin their independent tasks. This is where they have the opportunity to learn how to solve problems specifically for that lesson. The children go through example questions on the board with the class teacher before they set off independently. After all independent tasks, the children have an ‘exit pass’ for their maths lesson- this is where the children have a test style question to assess their knowledge at the end of the session. The exit pass question is then completed on the board by the teacher which allows the children to self-assess their answers.
Break time – 10.45am – 11.00am
English 11.00am – 12.00pm
Within English, the children complete different genres of writing each half term. From biographies to poetry to narrative writing. The children complete an exhibition piece of writing each half term that is linked as closely as possible to that half terms transdisciplinary theme. This is displayed on the exhibition walls within class.
Lunch 12.00pm – 1pm.
Lunch, for all classes at St Martins, is provided by the school. The menu is designed around what food the children enjoy, and everyday the children will have 2 options to choose from (all including vegetables) with a desert. All children eat in the hall together, which creates an inclusive meal time environment.
1pm – 4pm – Topic / RE / PSHE / French / PE / SpaG/ times table practice/ independent readers (this depends on the day).
As mentioned before, this is taught through the IB PYP scheme, as well as linking to the national curriculum.
During morning break, toast and juice are available for the children to purchase from chef Steve. These are priced at 25p each. The children can also bring a healthy snack from home to eat at this time. Afternoon break is usually at 2.15-2.30 (depending on afternoon lesson times). During afternoon break, snack is not provided by school, however, children are encouraged to bring a healthy snack from home.
Monday and Thursday are Eastgates P.E days. The children must always have their kit on these days. In addition, every Friday morning, the children have a swim session at Chester Swimming Baths. On this day, children must come to school in their P.E kits and bring their swim kits to school with them.