As a parent or carer you can play a vital role in your child’s education, including homework.
At Penshurst, our belief is that the most important thing your child can learn at school is to read. As a result, we ask all our families to join us in our "10 minute pledge". Research has shown that 20 minutes of reading every day can really help to increase a childs success at school and in later life. Therefore, we promise to read to your child (above and beyond our other lessons) for 10 minutes every day and simply ask you to match that at home. This can be reading to your child or listening to them read to you.
Each year group will let you know what they have been studying each week in the panels below and if you would like to work on anything at home then we promise to celebrate that work at school if you would like to show us. You can work on any aspect of the school work accessing Reading Eggs or Education City; your child has their log in details and the links are below. You can also obtain a Maths study book from your class teacher if you wish.
For those parents and children wanting an extra challenge we will very soon be launching our Graduate Programme especially aimed at Years 4 to 6, more information to come after February half term.
If you would like to share anything that you are doing at home with your child we have an email address to send photos and information to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note this is an inbound email address only, emails will not be answered on this account. Please mark any emails for the attention of your child's teacher.
Optional Family Challenge
There will still be an opportunity every half term to complete the year group Family Challenge, which will be displayed around the school; children will receive penguins as a reward for their hardwork.
Year 1 - 22 March 2019
This week, Year 1 have been learning about multiplication. Please can you practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.
In Theme, we have been learning about healthy eating. You could draw/make a healthy plate with your child.
Year 2 - 22 March 2019
In Year 2 this week we have been continuing with writing a recount of the Queen's coronation. We have been taste testing buns and we will be making some healthier buns next week!
Miss Simmonds' maths set have been covering addition and subtraction. I have sent some examples of these home with my set, I would appreciate it if you could look at some with your children.
Mrs Hornby's maths set they have been learning about money.
Mr Alston's and Mrs Lucid's sets they have been learning about time. We have also been busy getting ready for our wedding which takes place on Friday.
Hope to see you all there!
Year 2 team
Year 3 - 22 March 2019
Year 3 have had their computing this week and we have been focussing on emails using Purple Mash. We have looked at opening and responding to emails, email safety and attaching files. The children have really enjoyed it.
In Miss Dinsdale's maths group we have been recapping column addition and subtraction and I have been super impressed with the progress the children have made in this area.
Mr Turnbull's class have focussed on estimating and the inverse of addition and subtraction calculations. Next week in school is our assessment week. It would be very beneficial for your children to recap the four operations over the weekend. In addition to this, please remember you can always log onto Education City for activities to help with any revision.
As always, please remember the 10 minute reading pledge.
Year 3 Team.
Year 4 - 22 March 2019
Mr Bates' writing group have been finishing their persuasive letters to large supermarkets asking them to stock products with palm oil that is farmed sustainably. Next week we will be recapping on the Year 4 & some Year 5 grammar and spelling objectives.
In Maths we have been finishing off collecting, drawing and interpreting different graphs. Next week is assessment week so any work on times tables and the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) would really help your child.
Mrs Preston's writing group have been completing their persuasive letters to encourage deforestation companies to think about their consequences, and next week we will be looking at the different parts of sentences and how we can up-level them. In theme, we have been learning about rivers of the world, as well as the structure of rainforests.
As always, don't forget the 10 minute pledge!
Year 5 - 22 March 2019
This week Miss Loveridge's Writing set have been continuing their work on biographies. In Reading, we have been looking at conventions of different text types.
In Maths, we have been using solving 1 and 2 step- word problems using our knowledge of measure and decimals. In our theme lessons, we have learnt about the geocentric and heliocentric models in Science and have baked some scones as part our DT work.
In Maths in 5DO this week, we have been consolidating our understanding of multiplying and dividing by powers of 10 (10, 100, 1000). We have applied this understanding to solve problems around converting between grams and kilogram, as well as centimetres and metres. We are now beginning to further develop our multiplication skills.
In Reading, we have been learning about the Tour de France and its origins. Using the information in our texts, we have focused on our ability to distinguish between facts and opinions before making comparisons within text about how the Tour has changed since it began.
Writing has seen us redraft our narrative openings. We are beginning to proof read, edit and improve before our Big Write early next week.
Year 6 - 22 March 2019
In Reading, we have just finished our text Holes by Louis Sachar. In Maths, Mr Key and Mrs Kay's set have been looking at negative numbers and conducting an investigation based on the lead text 'Holes', Miss Hatfield's group have been looking at dividing and multiplying fractions and Mrs Petch's have been looking converting percentages into fractions and decimals.
In Theme, the children have been classifying living things and have produced some effective microorganism artwork using a variety of media.
As always, please feel free to log in to either Education City or Reading Eggs to consolidate any learning we have already done in school, or why not try something we haven't done yet? It might give you a head start when we look at it in school!
If you have any questions about what we are learning, please see any of the Year 6 teachers