St Martins Academy Chester

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A Cultural Classroom.


Northgate have had a fabulous week exploring culture and diversity.

The children returned to school on Monday to create an extremely multicultural classroom. They wore dress to represent the culture had they worked hard to research during the half term break. Thank you for supporting them in completing their work – they each presented their work to the class and should be proud of their efforts.


As part of their return to school, Northgate had a special visitor. Alvaro Cubero came to discuss his Spanish culture with the children, answering their eager questions and teaching them some common phrases to use when they visit.

Within Literacy this week, the children were introduced to our class book ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ by Tom McLaughin. The children researched the book, making predictions and evaluations by using the cover, blurb and became hooked from the first chapter! After reading the first three chapters together, they created character maps to analyse the authors descriptions of each character – super job Northgate!


Within our Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar sessions, the children refreshed their knowledge of adjectives and powerful verbs in preparation for their writing next week. The children have been using the resources within the classroom to edit and improve their work independently.

This game would be useful to support your child’s Literacy learning : Is this word an adjective or adverb?

In maths this week, Northgate have been investigating the perimeter of 2D shapes. Building on from this, they have been calculating the area of 2D shapes by both counting squares and multiplication methods. The children worked hard to remember the unit of measurement for each of their answers – excellent work!

This game would be useful to support your child’s Maths learning: Choose the Appropriate Measuring Tool


Within their transdisciplinary learning their week, Northgate have been becoming familiar with what we see as British Culture – particularly British Values. They have discussed and considered how we can respect others, and also carefully thought about what it means to be tolerant to other people’s views and beliefs. They created brilliant acrostic poetry, detailing exactly what it means to be tolerant and why it is important to promote a positive society.

Northgate were extremely excited to produce their new topic book front covers. They drew around their hands and created a variety of patterns and designs. With our topic ‘Who We Are, the children then wrote a variety of adjectives to describe themselves such as being sporty, creative, a good friend, hardworking and kind. Their covers are very bright and colourful and look amazing – well done!


In RE, the children began their investigation into places of worship for different religions. They began with the Buddhist temple, recognising the important features and items you would find inside each one. They worked hard to label and write about each feature, making note of the importance of each element to Buddhists when they come to worship.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year Three Team.

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