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 – Mr Thomas

PE Teachers – Miss Valentine & AJ Huddart.

Music Teachers – Mr Jones and Mr Benson

A Typical Day in Eastgate

8:30- 8:50 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- 10:30 am – Literacy Carousel and Independent Reading

In targeted, smaller groups Eastgate work their way around a literacy carousel of learning. This includes SPAG lessons, reading comprehension tasks and a guided reading session, which are further consolidated with an independent task. Whether its independently enjoying a good book or reading out loudto a teacher, this time offers Eastgate the time to calm themselves before playtime and ensure they practise the skill of reading.

10:30 – 11:00 – Snack and Break Time 

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

11:00- 11:55  – 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.

12:00-1:00 pm- Lunch and Break Time

1:15- 2:00pm


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.

2:00 – 2:30pm – Afternoon Snack and Break

A healthy snack can be provided for your children to enjoy at this time.

2:30 – 3:30pm – 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 Wednesdays and Mr Benson leads music lessons with the children on Mondays


PE is taught on Wednesday and Thursday. We swim on a Friday. Please bring PE kit to change into for these sessions.



The Eastgate Team