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Year 3/4 – Derwent

Welcome to Derwent Class

                                                                                Welcome to Derwent Class 1 Derwent Class Assembly

Derwent Class Staff


Mrs Coote (Class Teacher) 

Miss Oates  Mrs Collins  Mrs Griffiths (Teaching Assistants)

What's happening in Derwent Class

Breaking News!

We are learning how to tell the time over the next couple of weeks. We are at all different stages with this but it will really help if we practise at home. 

Here are some of the steps we go through:

Minutes past the hour / Minutes to the hour on a clock face

Long hand and short hand

How many minutes from ***** to ****** (e.g ten minutes past 6 to half past 6)

Digital time: e.g 20 minutes to 4 is the same as 3:40

am and pm

Days in a week / month / year   

What time do we... have breakfast / go to school etc

For children who can tell the time confidently:

More complex questions about timings e.g How many minutes in 2 and a half hours? How long from 7.15am until 8:30am? If a cake needs to bake for 50 minutes and I put it in the oven at 5: 25pm, when will it be cooked? How long is a favourite TV programme etc 

Introducing seconds: how many seconds in 5 minutes etc

Introducing 24 hour clock

Timetables and schedules


Reading Challenge: We are working really hard in school to improve our reading skills and understanding. I'm challenging the children to increase their reading at home too....but they'll need your help! 5 or 10 minutes a day reading aloud to an adult makes a huge difference to fluency and confidence. If your child is already a fluent reader, lots of discussion about what they are reading supports their understanding of texts. 

We read in class every morning between 9 and 9:30. Could you spare half an hour to hear some readers?


Swimming starts again on Wednesday 27th January 2019. If you are free between 10 am and 11:45 am we'd love to have a few extra helpers to add to the rota of volunteers: you don't have to go in the pool or teach swimming. Our last swimming session this term will be on Wednesday 27th March 2019. All the dates can be found as an attached document link at the bottom of the page.




All homework is set on Wednesday and is to be handed in by the following Wednesday. Children who haven't handed in homework will do it during Golden Time. Merits are given for regularly completing and handing in homework. Spelling and Times Table test books will be sent home each week so parents can see how their child got on. These should be returned with the homework folder ready for the following Wednesday tests.



Some children may need help with understanding the meanings of some of the words on our lists. It helps to hear them in a sentence or to look them up in a dictionary. We have been practising different ways of learning our spellings at school.

Sentence Words Group list: 

 word   work   worm   world   worth   worst   war   warm   towards   ward

Year 3  Group list:  tricky this week!

league   plague   rogue   vague   fatigue   unique   antique   mosque   cheque   technique

Year 4  Group list:  

 phone   phonics   microphone   telephone   homophone   real   reality   realistic   unreal  realisation


 X tables homework: 

 Year 3:   

This week we are practising the  4 X table. Some of us are practising the 6 X table : your child will know.

Year 4:  

This week we are practising the  6 X table

Recorder Practise

Lessons have started again on Friday afternoons.

We are revising the notes we know.

Reading in Derwent Class and at home.


Reading continues to be a key skill for your child to develop. It is still really important for your child to read regularly and discuss the texts they are reading.

Every child reads in a Guided Reading Group once a week with Mrs Coote, Miss Oates or Mrs Collins.

They also have at least one individual read with a staff member and most children read at least once more with a volunteer. 


You can really help by listening to your child read their reading book regularly at home.  Please record this reading in your child's planner: children with 3 or more home reads in a week get a merit on Friday and could be our Reader of the Week.

Recent Letters from Derwent Class

Wye Class - updates on the PGL trip is on the news tab of the website.