New Year Lift Off!


The children of Northgate have returned to St Martin’s refreshed and full of energy and excitement this week.

To introduce the children to their new topic ‘Transport Around the World’, Northgate planned a holiday to one of the continents around the world. The children should have no problem relieving some of the stress when planning the next family get away - they are experts at finding flights, planning attractions to visit and planning a fun filled week away! Northgate worked extremely hard to apply their maths skills and worked together to present their trip to the rest of the class – super job!

In maths this week, Northgate refreshed their knowledge of 2D shapes, identifying and discussing the properties of common 2D shapes before drawing and making shapes independently. The children practice using a protractor to draw equilateral triangles, making sure their corners added up to 180 degrees. They will continue to build upon these skills next week.

This game would be useful to support your child’s Maths learning: Comparing 2D Shape Properties


Within Literacy, Northgate focused on the features of letters, particularly the language and layout of a persuasive letter. The children completed research into either the Museum of Transport in Manchester or the Maritime Transport Museum in Liverpool. They built arguments and used their research justify why they should visit. After planning their letters to send to Miss Smith, they produced letters to the museums to request they let us visit to support the learning of our topic this term. The central idea is: Communities create transportation to meet their needs’.

This game would be useful to support your child’s Literacy learning: Greetings and Closings of Letters

Northgate were introduced to new vocabulary in French this week, practicing phrases to describe different modes of transport. In art, the children created hot air balloon pictures, using a range of patterns, colours, lines and shapes to create a vibrant front cover for their topic books.

Northgate created some beautiful creative writing pieces, imagining they were on a hot air balloon travelling through the sky. They used their 5 senses, the 5 W’s and their knowledge of adjectives from this week’s SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar) sessions to explain the journeys they embarked upon.

The children made a positive start to the New Year, thinking hard of their New Year’s Resolutions in RE this week, considering how they can continue to grow and learn.



Mr Roberts has left the following message for all parents and carers:

I would like to say a massive thank you to all of the children and parents in Northgate for their kindness, enthusiasm, thoughtfulness and generosity over the nearly 2 years that I have been their teacher. 

The children have grown in so many ways during that time, and it has been an honour and privilege to support them on that Journey. I will miss them all immensely, but I know they are in very good hands and will continue to thrive at St Martin's.

I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and a fantastic start to 2018!

Mr Roberts


Have a lovely weekend,

The Year Three Team.