Who are Northgate?

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

All these themes have relevance to the real world, introducing skills as well as acquiring knowledge. learning through these transdisciplinary themes ensures the children’s learning is focused on a broad and balanced curriculum, covering all areas. The IB focuses on developing the whole child, the approach encourages the children to develop a positive attitude towards their learning journey as a result of being more meaningful and purposeful. The national curriculum is weaved throughout the IB curriculum to ensure the very best leearning opportunities for all our children.

The Teaching Team
Class Teacher – Miss O’Donoghue
Additional Adult – Mrs Davoren
PE Teacher – AJ Huddart & Miss Valentine
Music Teacher – Mr Jones.

A Typical Day in Northgate

Morning Challenge/ Register – 8.30am – 9.00am
Like all classes in St Martins, a flexible start to the day occurs from 8.30 and 9 am, the children come into the classroom freely completing a lego challenge for self-registration (encouraging a creative start), fill their water bottles with fresh water and complete 5 morning challenges throughout the week. These activities are designed to consolidate prior learning or enhance learning opportunities in reading, writing, spelling, times tables, maths and a transdisciplinary themed activity. Targeted support, interventions and 1:1 reading also takes place within this time. These challenges are a fantastic way to engage the children in their learning from the minute they walk into the classroom, preparing them for the day ahead. The class teacher then registers the children between 8.50am and 9.00am.

Guided Reading 9.00am – 9.30am
In this 30 minute session the children are split into 5 groups, and 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.

Maths 9.30am – 10.30am
Within maths, the children will learn a large variety of concepts throughout the year. The children are encouraged to discuss their ideas in groups and pairs to secure and internalise the mathematical concepts. Where possible, 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 their sessions.

Independent Reading 10.30-10.45am

Break Time 10.45-11am

English 11.00am – 12.00pm
When possible, the children’s termly text will be related to their transdisciplinary theme. Usually, when the children are writing the text, they will go through 3 main stages: – Phase 1 – Immersion in the text / Shared reading / enjoying exploring the text. Phase 2 – Gathering ideas / oral rehearsal / planning. Phase 3 – Shared writing / teacher modelling / independent writing / editing and improving / publishing. It is always very 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.

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, and everyday the children will have 2 options (including a vegetarian one) to choose from with a desert. All children eat in the hall together, which creates a happy and inclusive meal time environment.

Get Writing/SpaG
The children completing 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 3 and 4 curriculum.

Unit of Enquiry 1-pm
Debating / Enterprise / Science / Geography / History (this depends on the day).
As mentioned before, this is taught through the IB PYP scheme, with links to the national curriculum as well.

Break Time

230pm-3.30pm –
RE / 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 and Thursdays. The children must always have their kit in school on these days. Every other half term the children take part in Dance on a Wednesday morning. Also, every Friday morning, the children have a 30 minute swimming session at Chester University Swimming Baths. On this day, children come to school dressed in their PE kits, with their swimming kits in a bag.