Derwent Class Staff
Mrs Coote (Class Teacher) Mrs Griffiths (Teaching Assistants)
What's happening in Derwent Class
Welcome to existing and new pupils and parents to the Derwent Class page. Here you will find useful information about what is going on in the classroom, homework tasks, educational visits, copies of letters, timetables, dates and so on. I try very hard to keep it up to date but please let me know if you can't find the information you need.
We also like to share good news about how our pupils are doing and show you photos and examples of our great work. So do check out this page on a regular basis.
This year, I am hoping to involve the children more in deciding what they want to see on our Derwent Class page, so look out for their contributions.
Can you spare half an hour or more to come into class to listen to readers or change books. It's so important for the children to read regularly and it is always a challenge to find enough time. Please let me know if you are able to help. (All school volunteers have background checks).
We have been learning about BEAT and RHYTHM through clapping and singing games.
All the children have been put into an appropriate group now. They have been taught how to behave safely around the pool and what to do if there is an emergency. They've also started to develop their skills in the pool.
FRI 6.9.19: Parental information/form/swimming dates added to end of this page.
Your child has a homework book. Each term, they will have an overview sheet of spellings for 6 weeks. Each week they will also have a particular list from that overview to learn and a related activity to complete at home. This should be stuck in their homework book and returned to school on Tuesday of each week.
A times table or maths skills task will also be set. If it is practical or verbal, I ask that parents write a short comment about what the child did. Sheets can be stuck in the homework book.
If homework tasks are lost, your child can find the spelling lists and times tables on this page. Any reasonable effort to show they have practised the set work is acceptable even if it is not the set task. e.g. copying the list twice, writing the words in sentences, using a dictionary, using an app, making a word search or quiz, parent signs to say times tables were practised 3 times in the car etc.
We are also introducing our Creative Homework tasks. 6 to 8 tasks will be set each term which are linked to other areas of the curriculum: Art, Music, Geography, History, Design and Technology, PE, computing etc. These tasks will be in their homework books. Your child can select one or more of these short projects to complete during the term then bring them in in the final week to share with class mates. I would encourage parents to get involved with these projects if you can-they are intended to be entirely flexible and fun: a great opportunity for you to be involved with your child's learning, especially if you have a strength in a particular area.
All homework is set on Tuesday and is to be handed in by the following Tuesday. Merits are given for regularly completing and handing in homework.
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: high frequency words
so up out if about who get which go me
Year 3 Group list: homophones
here hear heel heal main mane mail male knot not
Year 4 Group list: homophones
medal meddle missed mist scene seen board bored which witch
X tables homework:
Year 3: X4
Year 4: X4
Your child's choice. Please do get involved if you can.
The children have been learning some rhythm chants.
Ask them to sing "Coke Cola" or "Lemon Lime" to you...with clapping patterns.
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 develops reading skills in a Guided Reading lesson twice a week with Mrs Coote.
We also try to hear every child read at least once individually in school.
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.