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Derwent Class What’s Happening This Week Commencing 13th November 2017

Derwent What’s Happening This Week

(Week Commencing 13th November 2017)

In Derwent this week we are learning the following:



In English this week we are writing instructions on how to catch a dragon.



In spelling, punctuation and grammar we are focussing on recalling split digraphs in phonics, as well as continuing to look at suffix words. In our writing our grammar focus will be learning how to use questions and conjunctions. 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.  In maths basics this week we are focusing on the 5 times tables and the 3 times tables for year 3. We will also focus on fact families and rounding to 10.


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 in a couple of weeks 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 (half are common exception words that are being commonly misspelt in our writing and half are suffix words that we might use in our writing this week).


would carefully
should softly
could quickly
some smartest
come keenest


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 log in 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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