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Writing for Wateraid!


Northgate have been concluding their learning about water and demonstrating their knowledge this week.

As this week marked the last of this busy half term, Northgate have been busy completing their assessments to demonstrate their progress. They have all worked extremely hard to show off their skills and should be very proud of themselves.

In our SPaG sessions this week, the children focused on inverted commas, commonly referred to as ‘66’ and ’99’. The children started by understanding how to use punctuation inside speech marks and recognise speech and reporting clauses in sentences.


Within literacy the week, Northgate completed a writing assessment where they were tasked to produce a letter to Miss Smith requesting the school raise money to donate to WaterAid. After all their wonderful research within their transdisciplinary learning and debate last week, they had plenty of ideas of facts and figures they could include within their letters. They started by listening to a modelled example and rehearse a picture map as a whole class. This provided the children with a structure and a chance to demonstrate their writing skills they have worked on throughout the year. After creating their own picture maps to plan our their letters, they worked hard to produce their final piece – super job Northgate!

In maths, Northgate began the week by problem solving, being presented with a range of questions requiring them to apply different skills. As they are nearing the end of their time in Northgate, it is essential they feel confident to use and apply strategies independently to solve problems. This gave them the opportunity to show off their column addition and subtraction skills, grid method, bus stop method and much more!


Within their transdisciplinary learning, Northgate took a break from their assessments to explore some creativity. To mark the end of their topic, they created decoupage raindrops using a range of colours and materials. The children started with darker colours at the bottom, gradually becoming lighter towards the top – their outcomes look amazing and will be a great addition to their class display.

We hope you all have a happy and safe half term break, returning to school after soaking up plenty of sun and enjoyment!

The Year Three Team.

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