Who are Shipgate?

Shipgate are the Year 5 Class at St Martin’s Academy, made up of 25 wonderful children. In Shipgate, we run a 2 year rolling curriculum, across Year 5 and 6. 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. 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 Fuller.

Additional Adult – Mrs Wynne & Mr Thomas.

PE Teacher – Miss Valentine & AJ Huddart.

Music Teacher – Mr Jones.

A Typical Day in Shipgate

Morning Challenge/ Register – 8.40am – 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 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.

Sensory Circuits 9.00am – 9.15am 

Each morning Shipgate will carry out a 15-minute session of Sensory Circuits. Sensory Circuits is a short and snappy sensory motor skills programme that helps to set children up for a school day. It enables children to reach the level of alertness needed to concentrate during lessons.

Guided Reading 9.15am – 10am

This is a 45-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.

English 10am – 11am

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.

Break time – 11am – 11.15am

During morning break, toast and juice are available for the children to purchase. These are priced at 25p each. The children can also bring a healthy snack from home to eat at this time.

Maths 11.00am – 12.00pm

Within Maths, Shipgate 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.

Maths Meeting 12.00am – 12.30pm

This is a 30-minute session that follows on from each Maths lesson where the children are split into groups to revise and consolidate previous learning through songs, games and practical activities.

Lunch 12.30pm – 1.30pm

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.

1.30pm – 3.10pm

Topic / RE / PSHE / Spanish / 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.

PE days

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday are Shipgate’s P.E days. The children must always have their kit on these days. On Monday and Tuesday, the children must come to school in their PE kits. On Thursday the children must come to school in their school uniform and are required to change into their PE kit in school.