Welcome to Northgate Knights!

Northgate are the Year 3 Class at St Martin’s Academy, made up of 25 wonderful children.

In Northgate, we run 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, but the content varies according to the curriculum expectations for each year group. Here, at St Martins, every half term, 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. How the world works

3. Sharing the Planet

4. How we organise ourselves

5. How we express ourselves

6. Where we are in place and time

The IB focuses on developing the whole child, the approach encourages the children to develop a positive attitude towards their learning journey as it is taught in a more meaningful way. The PYP has relevance to the real world and introduces inquiry skills within these transdisciplinary themes to ensure the children’s learning is focused on a broad and balanced curriculum. The national curriculum is weaved throughout the IB curriculum to ensure the very best learning opportunities for all our children.

The Teaching Team
Class Teacher –  Miss Emma Boynton (Mon-Thurs) Miss Elspeth MacGregor (Friday)
Additional Adult – Mr Sam Thomas (am)
PE Teacher – AJ Huddart & Miss Valentine
Music Teacher – Mr Jones.

A Typical Day in Northgate

Morning Challenge/ Register – 8.50am
A challenge of the day is set for the children to complete as soon as they enter the classroom, preparing them for the day ahead and encouraging learning right from the start.  Targeted support, interventions and 1:1 reading also takes place within this time.  The class teacher then registers the children between 8.50am and 8.550am.

Phonics/SPaG (Get Writing) & Guided Reading 8.55am – 10.30am
Get Writing/SpaG
The children complete their Get Writing program through Read Write Inc focusing on punctuation and grammar, composition and editing as well as learning and applying key spelling patterns which are in the year 2, 3 and 4 curriculum. In this session the children operate a carousel system. Throughout the week, all children will:
Individually read with either the class teacher or additional adult twice, one focused on reading and one on comprehension. Complete 2 independent activities, involving spelling, SpaG, independent comprehension and language. Complete their RWinc Reading and Get Writing activities.

Independent Reading 1030-10.45

Break Time 

Maths 11.00am-12.00pm  
The children learn a large variety of concepts throughout the year. Concrete representations of different concepts are made available to the children to scaffold their understanding before moving onto the pictorial and abstract representations. The children will complete a range of reasoning and problem solving activities within these sessions.

Lunch 12.00pm – 1pm.
Lunch, for all classes at St Martins, is provided by the school. We have a wonderful chef – Steve the Chef – who creates amazing dishes. The menu is designed around what food the children enjoy,

English 1.00pm – 2.00pm
When possible, the children’s termly text will be related to their transdisciplinary theme. Typically the children develop their literacy skills in 3 main stages: – Phase 1 – Immersion in the vehicle text via shared reading and exploring the vocabulary and language in the text. Phase 2 – oral rehearsal, shared writing and planning. Phase 3 – Teacher modelling  to scaffold independent writing with editing and improving and publishing. It is always important that the children have an excellent example text to identify the key features, internalise the layout, and identify the key grammatical features and sentence types before modelling and writing their own version. A wide range of genres are taught including newspaper reports, recounts, information and explanation texts, instructions, myths and legends, adventure stories and stories with familiar settings.

2.0opm – Snack

Unit of Enquiry  2.0opm -2.50pm
Debating / Enterprise / Science / Geography / History/ RE (this depends on the day).
As mentioned before, this is taught through the IB PYP scheme, with links to the national curriculum as well.

2.50 3.10pm
PSHE / Spanish
As mentioned before, this is taught through the IB PYP scheme, with links to the national curriculum as well.

Northgate time, class reader.

Break times
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 instead bring their own snack from home if they wish – this can be a carbohydrate based snack. With regards to snack specifically, In KS2, an afternoon snack is not provided by school. However, the children are more than encouraged to bring a healthy snack in from home (this could be a piece of fruit of vegetable).

PE days
The children’s PE days in Northgate are Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays. The children must always have their kit in school on these days.