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.
Year 1 - 18 October 2019
- Recognising British coins and finding amounts by adding them together
- Position and movement, including whole, half and quarter turns
- Addition and subtraction
- Predicting the thoughts and actions of characters in a story
- Continuing to work on capital letters, full stops and finger spaces - using 'and' to join ideas
- Looked at Mary Anning and fossilisation
- The countries of the United Kingdom
Year 2 - 18 October 2019
If the children could look at predicting what might happen next in a text as this is something we will be looking towards doing next week.
We have been looking at the spelling rule 'wr' that sounds like the 'r' sound. Words such as 'wrist' and 'wrong' are examples.
We have looked at adding and subtracting 3 one-digit numbers. The children would benefit from more practise at this. Additionally, we have looked at repeating patterns with shapes.
Mrs Hornby's Class
This week we have been learning about whole, half, quarter and three quarter turns. Why not have a go on the Year 1 Education City game 'Land Ahoy'.
Year 3 - 18 October 2019
The children have been developing their understanding adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator (bottom number). Adding Fractions
We are looking at making inferences from fiction texts at the moment (concluding something using information provided). Could you read a story with your child and ask them to infer how they think different characters are feeling at different parts of the story? Encourage them to explain their ideas.
We have started to build Trojan Horses in D&T using a range of techniques. Ask your child to discuss the steps they have had to take so far.
Year 4 - 18 October 2019
In class, we have been looking at adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator and two step problems as well as daily practice of the times tables.
Times Table 1
TT Rock Stars
We have looked at the skill of how language and presentation can help the reader with brackets, bold words, words in italics etc.
We have finished another best write and moved on to looking at a recount of Howard Carter and his discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb. Could you practice writing a recount of something you have done? Could you find out extra information about Howard Carter and his excavation?
Spellings that we have practiced this week are: Continue, Notice, Strange, Special and Natural.
Year 5 - 18 October 2019
In Year 5 this week, we have continued to develop our short division strategy before learning how to convert between different types of fractions (proper, improper and mixed numbers) and ending the week thinking about percentages, fractions and decimals.
We've continued to look at how a writer's choice of language helps the reader to imagine. This week however, we focused on the language within Newspapers.
We are thinking about bias and starting to write a report from the point of view of those that struggled during Apartheid inkeeping with our lead text Journey to Jo'Burg..
Year 6 - 18 October 2019
This week in Year 6 we have completed our Food Technology project: baking Lord Woolton pies. First, we conducted market research, deciding what made the tastiest pie; watched a demonstration and then designed our own World War Two recipe. Carefully following our chosen design, we made and then baked pies which we tried with gravy - most of us found this delicious!
In our Maths, we used this opportunity to learn about:
- Ratio where we looked at the amount of ingredients
- Conversion between Shillings and Pennies
As a result of this week, some children are now confidently writing a set of instructions which can be followed to create this WWII recipe. However, be careful of Miss Hatfield's writing group who are explaining how to poison someone with a pie! If you require any assistance with anything we have learnt this week, please contact the Year 6 teachers.