Wolfgate

Who are Wolfgate?

Wolfgate are the very first Year 6 Class at St Martin’s Academy, made up of 25 wonderful, talented children. These 25 amazing students in July will finish their journey at St Martin’s. They are hard-working, well mannered, polite children and enjoy their learning so others can enjoy theirs.

In Wolfgate we run a 2-year rolling curriculum, across Year 5 & 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 – Mr Williams

Additional Adult – Mr Walker

PE Teacher – AJ Huddart & Miss Valentine.

Music Teacher – Mr Jones.

A Typical Day in Wolfgate

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, fill up their water bottles and then complete 5 morning challenges, across the 5 mornings. These activities are designed and planned around the children’s current transdisciplinary theme, to either support/enhance current learning or reinforce prior learning from previous weeks. 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 will be reading a chapter book as class and then have appropriate questions

  1. Individually read as a class following the same text.
  2. Complete a guided comprehension with the class teacher. This is where the children will go through past SATS papers and practise answering the different styled questions, with the support of the class teacher.

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 11am-12pm

Within English, as closely as 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.

Lunch 12.00pm – 1pm

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

Topic 1pm – 2.15pm

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.

2pm-4pm

RE / PSHE / French / PE / SPaG (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 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 Eastgate are Monday and Wednesdays. The children must always have their kit in school on these days. Also, every Friday morning, the children have a 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.