St Martins Academy Chester

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Priceless Poppies


Northgate had a wonderful experience with Paul the Potter as he is affectionately known.

They learned the significance of the poppy for remembrance and were introduced to the art of clay. They used tools to shape and cut out their clay poppies and began the drying process using hand held dryers. The children engraved their own names and picked out the name of a fallen soldier from Chester, unbelievably one child picked their name sake which was a rather special moment.


Identity has played a huge part in their learning this week as they have researched the meaning of identity and how their beliefs and values are unique and influence their actions. They took part in question time and learned about the interview process, the children interviewed each other to learn more about who we are before creating books that represent their identity and a fact-file. They also discovered what’s in a name, researching the meaning of their family name and designing a crest. Next week the children will be pondering the question what makes us human?

The mathemagicians in Northgate have explored place value further, learning the value of digits in different numbers and how to compare numbers up to 1000.

The storytellers have also learned what a stupendous story setting needs by creating their own toolkits including naming the setting, being precise, weather and time of day. They used their editing skills as best they could to improve their draft before writing up their settings.

A tremendous week of learning, well done Northgate.

The Year 3 Team.


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