Year 1 Homework

16 July 2021

Posted on Friday 16 July 2021 by Nicky Russell

This week, I know how to make healthy choices is the Talk Time homework.

As a continuation of our physical health and mental wellbeing learning in Living and Learning, and having reflected on our own health, we now want to explore healthy choices we can make.

At home, you could talk about the healthy choices you could make for:

  • your mind
  • your heart
  • your muscles
  • your digestive system
  • your family

Next week, each class will share what choices we can make, reflecting on whether they want to adopt any of the choices shared by their classmates to improved their own health.

09 July 2021

Posted on Friday 09 July 2021 by Nicky Russell

I can share my views about health

Each year, we ask you to complete a short health questionnaire.  Your views can help us to become happier and healthier.

Parents/carers: please complete this survey with your child and comment at the end. Please submit before 16 July 2021.

If you need a paper copy, please request one from your child’s class teacher.

02 July 2021

Posted on Friday 02 July 2021 by Nicky Russell

This week, the whole school has the same Talk Time homework: I know the key vocabulary from our Design and Technology topic.

We’re in the middle of our Design and Technology topic, the children should have now come across most of the following vocabulary:

Y1,2

  • design – a plan or drawing showing what something will look like before it is made
  • design criteria – the things a product must have to be successful
  • design brief – a description of what a new product should do
  • base – the bottom part of an object; the part on which something rests
  • evaluate – to decide, after careful consideration, how good or bad something is
  • structure – a combination of materials and/or parts to create a 3d shape
  • stable – something that is unlikely to fall down or collapse
  • freestanding – something that stands up by itself
  • plan – to think about and decide how you’re going to do something

 Y3,4

  • product – something that is designed and made to be sold
  • function – the purpose of something
  • design process – the series of steps that need to happen for a product to go from an idea to a finished product
  • design criteria – the precise features a product must have in order to be successful
  • prototype – an early sample or model of a product used to evaluate a design
  • component – a part that combines with other parts to make something eg a machine or a piece of equipment
  • annotated sketch – a detailed sketch labelled with notes (eg dimensions, materials)
  • exploded diagram – a drawing that shows the individual components or parts of a product and how they fit together
  • mechanism – a number of parts or components working together, usually as part of a machine

 Y5,6

  • design process – the series of steps that need to happen for a product to go from an idea to a finished product
  • design criteria – the precise features a product must have in order to be successful
  • cross-sectional diagram – a drawing which ‘slices through’ an object to see some of the features inside
  • computer-aided design (CAD) – a way of drawing on a computer to visualise designs and simulating them to see how they work
  • innovative – a new or original idea about how something can be done
  • sustainable material – obtained from renewable sources and do not damage the environment when produced
  • dimensions – measurement of something in a particular direction, eg height, length, width
  • aesthetic – pleasing in appearance
  • reinforce – to strengthen or support

Discuss these words together:

  • Can your child explain to you what they mean?
  • Can they use any of them in a sentence?
  • Can they suggest how some of the words link together?
  • Can they tell you about the learning in school which linked to a certain word?

Next week, each class will reflect on this topic vocabulary and what they have learnt this half term. Prepare your child with explanations of as many words as possible.

25 June 2021

Posted on Friday 25 June 2021 by Nicky Russell

This week, our Talk Time homework is I can say something good about myself.

Our Living and Learning lessons focus on being positive about ourselves this week. Often, we find it easy to suggest what we’re ‘bad’ at or how we could improve. Sometimes, it can be more difficult to talk about the good. Ask your child what they think is good about themselves, making sure they know we can be positive about ourselves without being boastful.

Next week, each class will celebrate what they’re good at, recognising that we all have positive contributions to make.

18 June 2021

Posted on Friday 18 June 2021 by Nicky Russell

This week, Talk Time homework is I know what consent is.

Our Living and Learning lessons focus on consent this week. It’s important that our children understand what consent it and that they have the right to give or not give their consent in many situations.

For a child, there are a number of situations in which they can choose whether or not to give consent:

  • having their photo taken
  • sharing their work with others
  • playing a game
  • sharing personal information with friends

Talk to your child about when they have the right to choose whether or not to give consent and why they might choose not to in some situations. We will discuss this in class throughout the week, highlighting situations where giving consent is required.

Children have the right to change their mind.

11 June 2021

Posted on Friday 11 June 2021 by Nicky Russell

This week, the whole school has the same Talk Time homework: I can talk about an activity I enjoy that doesn’t involve screen time.

As part of National Screen Free Week, we’ll be exploring how we can reduce screen time in school and want the children to continue this at home, too. Screens have become an integral part of entertainment and learning but we want the children to focus on having fun away from the screen, too.

You might:

  • talk about what you do for fun that isn’t screen-based
  • have a screen-free hour, day, week
  • try a new activity that is away from the screen
  • talk about why time away from screens is important

Next week, each class will share what they’ve discussed at home, hopefully offering lots of ideas for how to enjoy ourselves without the use of a screen.

(Incidentally, we’re not saying screen time is a bad thing – and in fact, we encourage your child to use Numbots and Times Tables Rock Stars. It’s all about finding a good balance – and not being on an electronic device too close to bedtime.)

21 May 2021

Posted on Friday 21 May 2021 by Nicky Russell

This week, the whole school Talk Time homework is What is a drug?

This homework, which links to our Living and Learning statement, is a first step in children becoming aware of drugs. There are a few key points you may wish to talk about at home. Children need to be aware that some drugs are helpful, some are harmful, some are legal, some are illegal. Don’t forget to consider that even the legal or helpful ones can be harmful.

Below are some question prompts that could help shape your discussion…

  • What is a good definition for a drug?
  • What is a drug? What is not a drug?
  • Are all drugs bad?
  • Why might some people need to take medicines?
  • Who can prescribe medicine?
  • Who should administer medicine?
  • What should you do if you find some medicine?
  • Should you take medicine that isn’t yours?

Children should be prepared to discuss what they’ve talked about at home during our homework review next week.

14 May 2021

Posted on Friday 14 May 2021 by Nicky Russell

The whole-school Talk Time homework this week is I know the key vocabulary from our Computing topic.

As we come to the end of our Computing topic, your child should have come across the following vocabulary:

Y1, 2

  • algorithm – a sequence of instructions or a set of rules to get something done
  • program – a collection of algorithms
  • debug – to find and fix errors in algorithms
  • computer – a type of machine that can follow instructions and do useful things
  • password – a string of letters, numbers or symbols which give you access to something (eg a computer, a service like Numbots)
  • personal information – information that can be used to identify you (eg age, school, address, password)
  • appropriate – something that is suitable

Y3, 4

  • program – a collection of algorithms
  • repetition – to repeat the execution of certain instructions
  • sequence – to arrange instructions in a particular order
  • logical reasoning – helps us explain why something happens
  • sprite – a 2d character in a computer game
  • decomposition – the process of breaking down a task into smaller, more-manageable parts
  • input – data sent to a computer system from a device (eg keyboard, mouse, microphone)
  • output – data sent out of a computer system via a device (eg monitor, printer, speaker)
  • digital footprint – information about a particular person that exists on the internet as a result of their online activity

Y5,6

  • program – a collection of algorithms
  • repetition – to repeat the execution of certain instructions
  • sequence – to arrange instructions in a particular order
  • selection – choosing to execute one set of instructions over another
  • variable – something that is stored in a program and can be changed or used (eg a timer, a score, a number of lives left)
  • logical reasoning – helps us explain why something happens
  • simulation – modelling a real-world or imaginary situation
  • search engine – program that searches for and identifies items on the internet using complex algorithms

Discuss these words together:

  • Can your child explain to you what they mean?
  • Can they use any of them in a sentence?
  • Can they suggest how some of the words link together?
  • Can they tell you about the learning in school which linked to a certain word?

Next week, each class will reflect on this topic vocabulary and what they have learnt this half term.

07 May 2021

Posted on Friday 07 May 2021 by Mrs Taylor

This week, the homework is Talk Time and should be completed by Thursday 13 May.

I know the positives and negatives of gaming.

This statement is linked to our current computing topic and we’d like you to discuss this at home with your child.

We know that gaming is popular and we’d like you to consider what are the good things about it and what things might be not so good.

Top Tips for talk time homework:

  • Turn the telly off!
  • Sit around the dining table!
  • Have a chat and share opinions and ideas!
  • Children should talk with family, friends and each other –maybe even using FaceTime or Skype.

There is no need to record anything from your discussions at home. The children will be able to share their views when we review the homework in class next Thursday.

30 April 2021

Posted on Friday 30 April 2021 by Mrs Taylor

This week, the homework is Talk Time and should be completed by Thursday 06 May.

Is it ok to throw fruit on the ground?

This is a moral question, based partly around our science learning, about seeds and the cycle of plant growth, which we’d like you to discuss at home with your child. You might consider:

Is this litter or is it food for wildlife?

Could it harm wildlife?

Would it rot and smell?

During the discussion with your child, it’s important to appreciate that there may be opposing views and that although it’s okay to disagree, we should respect the opposing view.

This moral question forms part of our SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural) learning.

Top Tips for talktime homework:

  • Turn the telly off!
  • Sit around the dining table!
  • Have a chat and share opinions and ideas!
  • Children should talk with family, friends and each other –maybe even using FaceTime or Skype.

There is no need to record anything from your discussions at home. The children will be able to share their views when we review the homework in class next Thursday.