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Derwent Class What’s Happening This Week Commencing 27th November 2017

Derwent What’s Happening This Week

(Week Commencing 27th November 2017)

In Derwent this week we are learning the following:



In English this week we are writing non-chronological reports/information texts.



In spelling, punctuation and grammar we are focussing on recalling split digraphs in phonics and recapping some tricky trigraphs, as well as continuing to look at suffix words. In our writing our grammar focus will be learning how to use conjunctions (including using them to start our sentences). We will also continue to embed our knowledge of using expanded noun phrases, adverbs and prepositions in our writing.



In maths we are continuing to focus on subtraction and looking at different methods for solving subtraction problems.


Maths Basics:

Maths basics  are key skills/facts children need to know. For our times tables focus we are looking at the 10 times tables, we are also continuing to focus 3 times tables for year 3. Our maths basic skill this week is consolidating counting forwards and backwards in 10s from any number in year 2 and in year 3 we are looking at rounding to the nearest 100.


Creative Curriculum:

We work on a theme every term and this term our key question is ‘Vikings, barbarians or innovators?’.  We are continuing to focus on researching Vikings and finding interesting and exciting facts, we will use these to write a non-chronological report.




Homework is set every night.  From Monday to Thursday children will have:

  • 4 very short maths questions
  • 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 (some are common exception words that are being commonly misspelt in our writing and some are words including our phonics focus sounds).


friend there
school pure
house cure
our chair
where hair


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 logon 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.

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