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Year 3/4 – Derwent

Derwent Class Staff


Mrs Coote (Class Teacher)  Mrs Griffiths and Mrs Dodd (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.


Breaking News!

January 17th.

What a wonderful day with the Viking invasion.  Derwent Class pupils have really impressed  with their Viking training and crafting skills. Our visitors commented on the good behaviour of our students so I'm feeling very proud.

Thank you to all the parents who made the £10 contribution through parent pay. making this visit possible.


Homework day is changing to Friday-it will work in exactly the same way but tests and handing in will all be on Friday instead of Tuesday. This is due to a change in staffing and timetabling. I hope it does not cause too much inconvenience.



I hope your child has been showing you some of the skills they have developed on the flute. Thank you for the prompt return of all the pink forms. Please look after the flutes and store them in a safe place which is neither too hot nor too cold and away from pets and younger children.  Please encourage your child to practise several times a week; just for a short time. Little and often is the best way to develop skill on an instrument. It's really encouraging for a beginner musician if they have an appreciative and positive audience. 

Flutes need to be in school every FRIDAY for the lesson and then I will send them home for practising.



 Swimming starts again on Wednesday January 15th 2020 (Week 2)

We'll have 5 lessons this term running up to the half term break and then carrying on for another 5 weeks immediately after the February break.

You can find information on swimming dates at the end of this page. 



Derwent Class are really enjoying using the new class set of ipads. We use Times Tables Rock Stars every morning and check out our Rock Star progress on Fridays. We're also using Purple Mash as a basis for our computing skills learning; at the moment emailing safely.  Purple mash has a huge range of activities across the curriculum which are great fun. Please encourage your child to access these site at home. They have a log in and passwords for both.



Our technology project this term is to make a pneumatic dragon out of an egg box. Please save yur half dozen cardboard egg boxes for us.



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 by Friday 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.

The Creative Homework tasks proved very popular last term so we have a new set coming up relating to Vikings and Dragons. 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 Friday and is to be handed in by the following Friday. 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.


Remember you can FOCUS ON FIVE if you are finding it difficult to learn all ten spellings.

Spelling Support Group list:


Sentence Words Group list:  


Year 3  Group list: 

gardener   gardening   limited   limiting   offered   offering   benefited   focused   focusing


Year 4  Group list: 


 *X tables homework: 


 Year 3:  We are practising the 8 X table

Year 4:  We are practising the 8 X table but have also been using the 11 and 12 times tables in maths lessons.


 *Creative Tasks: 

Your child's choice. Please do get involved if you can.




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.