Derwent What’s Happening This Week
(Week Commencing 18th June 2018)
In Derwent this week we are learning the following:
In English this week we are starting to write a diary entry from an explorer detailing all of the wonderful things we have found on our journey across the oceans.
In spelling, punctuation and grammar we are continuing to focus on recapping phase 5 phonics patterns , as well as continuing to look at phase 6 sounds. Year 3s are focussing on learning to read, spell and use the common exception words for LKS2 and year 2 are looking at how to spell and use the common exception words for KS1. We are also looking at words ending in -sure and -ture (like the words in our homework).
In maths in year 2 we are recapping how to tell the time, telling the time to the nearest 15 minutes and when we are ready telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes. In year 3 we are looking at adding and subtracting mixed measurements (such as kg and g), then moving on to recapping the time – telling it to the nearest 5 and 1 minute intervals.
Maths basics are key skills/facts children need to know. In maths basics this week we are continuing to focus on the 2,5 and 10 times tables in year 2 and the 4 and 8 times tables for year 3. We are continuing to focus on our mental arithmetic skills, looking at the finding fractions of amounts in year 2 and multiplying and dividing numbers by 10 and 100 in year 3.
We work on a theme every term and this term our key question is ‘How does the planet look after us?’ We are exploring what the planet provides us (eg. plants to eat – which we are looking at during our visits to Stockbridge, as well as what else the planet provides us). This will be ongoing until the end of our current cycle. We will also be completing some science experiments and be learning about food chains.
Homework is set every night. From Monday to Thursday children will have:
- Some short maths questions or a maths problem solving challenge
- 2 sentences to write using their spellings
- reading (+ one more reading over the weekend)
Spellings are learnt in class but if you could help with practising at home, this would be brilliant.
Spellings we are focusing on in class this week are below. We are looking at words ending in -sure and -ture.
Knowing times tables and number bond (pairs of numbers to 10/20 and beyond) well helps children make massive progress in maths so any help you can give your child will be great. Your child has a Number Gym login and password in their planners and if they could go on Number Gym at home, even for 5 minutes, it will really help them have a secure knowledge and faster recall of times tables and number facts.
Children also have a Times Tables Rockstars log in to help them practice their times tables in a different way.