24 November 2017
For all children in Year 1 – Year 6, the homework this week is creative and is due in on Thursday 30 November.
Following our whole school themed week this week, Who do you think you are?, children should consider the following statement by showing what they have learnt.
I know what community is.
As a guide, children could think about these aspects.
- What is community?
- Where is their community? Children could consider their school community to local community to wider community. Moortown Community Group has lots of information about our local community.
- Who is in their community? Children could consider visits/visitors during our themed week.
- Why is community important? Children could consider the terms ‘identity’ and ‘diversity’ discussed during our themed week.
- How can we be a good citizen in our community?
This could be done in any creative way.
- A story
- A poem
- A map
- A comic strip
- An advert
- An interview
- A game
- A model
…or any other creative ideas!
17 November 2017
For all children in Year 1 to Year 6, the homework this week is Talk Time and will be discussed in class on Thursday 23 November:
Which charity should our school support?
Next week, we will focus on identity, diversity and community in our Who do you think you are? themed week. As part of this week, children will think about our school charity. Currently, we support Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Leeds Mind. A previous School Council selected these because they wanted to help people, support a mental health charity and wanted to help local and regional charities. They were chosen because pupils passed on to School Councillors very clear and strong arguments.
We’ve helped these charities for two years now, so it’s time for a change. We need you to have a discussion at home about which charity would be best for us to support. We will now support one charity for one year. Each class will discuss this and then the councillors will bring the views and ideas together to decide on the charities.
Once your child has decided on a charity, make sure they have clear, powerful reasons to support their views.
You might want to discuss whether we support…
- a local charity
- a children’s charity
- a charity which helps a vulnerable group in our community
- should we ensure the new charities are very different to the current ones or previous ones?
- should we need to have charities at all?
- if your child was to set up a new charity, what would (s)he choose, and (as always) why?
03 November 2017
This week’s homework is practice makes perfect and is due Thursday 09 November:
I can add.
Our maths lessons have been jam-packed full of adding and subtracting. For the homework, please support your child to answer the addition questions in their homework books.
Why not see if your child can check their answers with a calcuator? This is a good skill to have and one that we practise when answering calculations in school.
It’s the half-term holidays…
…and so there’s no specific homework next week. This is in-line with our Homework Policy.
During the half-term, please encourage your child to read each day, even if just for 15 minutes. As well as their current book, reading comics, newspapers, websites are all good – and why not take a trip to the library!
It would also be really helpful to help your child brush up on their times tables. Children in Year 2 should know x2, x5 and x10 (and the related division facts) by the end of the year – so give them a head start now! By the end of Year 4, children should know all their tables up to 12 x 12 (and the related division facts).
And make sure they enjoy the break, too: perhaps an autumn walk, a day out, a trip to the cinema… There are lots of things going on in Leeds – check them out.
Whatever you get up to, we’re looking forward to seeing you again on Monday 30 October.
13 October 2017
For all children in Year 1 – Year 6, the homework this week is talk time and is due in on Wednesday 18 October. There are two options:
- I can prepare a speech (School Council elections).
- I know the importance of voting.
It’s time for children to consider if they would like to stand for election for our new School Council. With two representatives from each class, chosen democratically by their peers, all children at Moortown Primary are encouraged to take an active part in pupil voice.
Elections for our new school council will take place on Thursday 19 October with our polling station and ballot boxes at the ready. Candidates will have the opportunity to give their election speech to their class on Wednesday 18 October or Thursday 19 October.
What makes a good school councillor has been considered by our current school council.
- ‘use all the 8 Rs for learning’
- ‘be respectful’
- ‘help others’
- ‘be a good speaker and listener (to members of your class and in the meetings)’
- ‘tell the truth’
- ‘be confident with your ideas’
- ‘accept the views of others even if you don’t agree’
- ‘be friendly and approachable’
- ‘make good choices in class and around school’
Hints for your speech include:
- What skills and abilities would a good school councillor have?
- What are you particularly good at that would help you to be a great school councillor?
- What do you think would make the school better?
- What could you do that people would really like?
- Think of things that are realistic, maybe that you could do yourself, rather than having to ask other people to do
Thank you to our current school councillors for all their ideas and contributions. We hope you have enjoyed this role and responsibility. You’re welcome to stand again for election.
Good luck to all children who decide to stand in the elections.
If you choose not to stand in the election then you should consider the importance of voting.
06 October 2017
This week’s homework is creative and is due Thursday 12 October:
I can create a map to show my journey to school.
As part of our Explorers topic, we’ve been learning about maps and how they can be used to help us show a journey. Support your child to show their journey to school in a creative way – don’t forget to use a key!
22 September 2017
This week’s homework is talk time and is due Thursday 28 September:
I know my address.
Our Explorers topic, which started this week, allows your child to explore their local environment.
It’s important for your child to know where they live (house name/number and street name as a minimum) in case of an emergency.
Please ensure your child is aware that they should never reveal their address to someone they don’t trust.
15 September 2017
This week’s homework is practice makes perfect and is due Thursday 21 September:
I can show what I know about numbers.
Throughout the week, our maths lessons have focussed on sorting, grouping, counting and comparing so your child has been given an opportunity to show what they’ve learned in their homework books.
Why not leave your child to get on with it and review it together!
Please also find in your child’s homework book their Lexia log-in details. We recommend your child uses Lexia for 20 minutes minimum per week. If you need any help setting it up, do pop in to see me!
08 September 2017
This week the homework is creative and is due Thursday 14 September:
Tell us something we don’t know!
The homework is a great opportunity for your child to show their friends, teachers and peers what they like getting up to outside of school in a creative way (guidance for homework types is available for you to see in the front of your child’s homework book).
Maybe your child has a talent for taekwondo? A passion for painting? A liking for Lego? Or a knack for knitting? Encourage your child to take photographs, draw pictures or write a diary entry showcasing what they’re all about.
We can’t wait to see not only the first creative homework of the year but what our classes are like outside of school – be sure to stay tuned to our class news pages to see how we review creative homeworks.
14 July 2017
This week’s homework is creative and is due Thursday 20 July:
I can reflect on my time in Year One.
As the school year draws to a close, it’s important to reflect back on all that we’ve learned – not only on things that we’ve learned in the classroom but also outside of the classroom.
It’d be really great to see some really creative ideas for our final homework of Year 1! Possible ideas could be:
- a collage of photographs and pictures from throughout the year
- an interview with your child – maybe family members could help!
- a before and after picture detailing the changes your child has encountered
- a poem using the months of the year to focus on changes and experiences
Please ensure your child completes their homework and hands it in on Thursday.