30 April 2021
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.
23 April 2021
This week, the whole school has the same Talk Time homework: Which charity should our school support?
Next week, a charity will be decided for us to support for the year ahead. We’ll focus our fundraising efforts on supporting this charity. What charity does your child think we should support?
You could talk about:
- what a charity is
- why charities are important
- what sort of work they do
- charities that have meaning to your family, your school or your community
- national / international charities and their work
Next week, each class will vote (because in our school we make democratic decisions) for the charity they would like to support to form a shortlist. Then, our recently elected Junior Leadership Team will decide which charity we will support for the next year.
Adults: before you discuss this with your child, check out this week’s Friday message from Mr Roundtree on the main news section of our website – it contains information about how we support charities and some points we’d like you to discuss with your child.
26 March 2021
This week, the whole school has the same Talk Time homework. In preparation for the upcoming Junior Leadership Team (formerly the School Council) elections, children should complete one of the following tasks:
- I can prepare a speech (Junior Leadership Team 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 Junior Leadership Team (JLT). With two representatives from each class, chosen democratically by their peers, all children are encouraged to take an active part in pupil voice.
Elections for our new school council will take place on Thursday 01 April 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 31 March ahead of a democratic vote on Thursday 01 April.
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, you should instead consider the importance of voting.
19 March 2021
19 March 2021
This week our homework is Creative: I can show different ways to stay safe, including how to seek help.
In the first half-term, we promoted resilience as one of our Rs for learning. However, we can’t be resilient in all situations, at all times. It’s important for people to recognise when things seem overwhelming – and ask for help. It’s also important that children know how to stay safe. There are many ways, and many different situations, in which we need to keep safe: at home, at school, in our environment and online.
Children should think about the situations where they need to keep safe and how to seek help if they need it. This could be done in any creative way:
- A story
- A poem
- A comic strip
- An advert
- An interview
- A game
…or any other creative ideas!
Please send any completed homework to your child’s class teacher via email and it will be reviewed as part of our weekly homework review.
12 March 2021
This week, the homework is Talk Time and it should be completed by Thursday 18 March.
Our history topic, this half term, is Heroes. Below are some quotes from heroes or about heroes. We’d like the children to have a go at reading the quotes and discuss what they might mean. It would be great if they could learn one or more of the quotes.
As a challenge, the children might want to write their own inspirational quote that could be shared with the class.
11 December 2020
This week, the whole school has the same Creative homework, which should be returned by Thursday 17 December.
The children are invited to respond to something from either a cultural or a spiritual perspective.
I can present a review of a book / TV show / film or something else cultural.
We’d like children to present their responses about a recent book they’ve read, film they’ve watched, piece of art they’ve looked at, piece of music they’ve listened to – anything cultural in fact.
We’re interested to read some sort of description (a summary, for example) and then your child’s opinions. This review might include pictures, an interview (your child could write a fictional script between himself/herself and the artist, for example), a letter (eg to or from a character, or perhaps even the author) – anything which might include your child’s responses!
However, your child might prefer to do the following:
I know what a faith celebration means to me.
Over the course of this term, some children in school may have celebrated a religious festival of some sort. This might have been
- the Muslim festival of Eid ul Adha
- the Sikh and Hindu festival Diwali
- the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, coming up in December
- the Christian festival (of course, celebrated by many non-Christians) of Christmas
- and the Chinese New Year festival, coming up
There are lots of other festivals and celebrations, which you and your child together might want to reflect on.
We invite children to respond to the sentence above – they might include a recount (like a diary entry), pictures, an interview (perhaps in a script). Your child might also choose to research a completely unknown festival, or they might even think about creating a brand new festival, one that everyone will celebrate.
Of course, there are many other ways in which children could respond. Children should be ready to celebrate their learning as part of their homework review by Thursday 18 December 2020.
03 December 2020
This week, the whole school has the same Creative homework: I can illustrate different emotions.
This homework, which links to our living and learning statement, is an opportunity for children to show that they can recognise, and show, different emotions. As humans, we display a huge-range of emotions. Sometimes, it’s obvious how we’re feeling. Sometimes, it’s trickier for us to show, or recognise, an emotion. This statement allows us to spend time thinking about the different emotions we experience and how we can recognise these accurately in ourselves and others.
Children could respond creatively to this in a range of ways:
- create a piece of art that shows a range of emotions
- take pictures of themselves (or others) displaying different emotions
- write a short-story in which a character shows lots of emotions
- devise a poem, song or rap about emotions
- create a comic strip to illustrate different emotions
Of course, there are many other ways in which children could respond. Children should be ready to celebrate their learning as part of their homework review by Thursday 10th December 2020.
27 November 2020
This week, the whole school has the same Practice Makes Perfect homework which children should be ready to discuss as part of our homework review on Thursday 03 December.
I know the key vocabulary from our History topic.
The vocabulary below is linked to the Great Fire of London.
Some of the words have been added to the word search below. How many can you find? Challenge: Use the words in a sentence.
20 November 2020
This week, the whole school has the same Creative homework which children should be ready to discuss as part of our homework review on Thursday 26 November.
I know how to STOP bullying.
This homework is a response to our learning this week during anti-bullying week. Throughout the week, each class has had the chance to talk about what bullying is, what the different types of bullying are and how can we STOP it:
As part of your discussion you may find our school definition of bullying useful, as agreed by our School Councillors:
Bullying is when you hurt someone, physically or emotionally (including online), several times on purpose.
As the homework is creative, you can do anything you want to respond to the statement. Here are a few ideas to help you:
- Create a cartoon strip of a bullying scenario and how it is solved.
- Create an acrostic poem using the word bullying.
- Write your own ‘kindness statements’ for your class.
- Create a scenarios quiz for your class to decide what they would do.
13 November 2020
This weeks’ homework is talk time and is due on Thursday 19 November.
Our Living and Learning statement this week is:
Talk with a family member about the things that are the same and the things that are different between you both. We’re all human and we might like and do similar things but we want to celebrate our differences, too! Talk with your adult about the things that make you different and special. Be ready to share these in class next week.