11 November 2016
This week, the homework is creative and is due Thursday 17 November:
I love reading!
As our class novel topic draws to a close, it’s a good time to think about how important reading is.
At Moortown, we adore reading and this week’s homework focusses on our love for it. The homework requires your child to show their love for reading in a creative way. Ideas could range from:
- photographs of your child reading in an unusual place
- an interview where your child talks about their favourite book
- illustrations of their favourite book
- baking a cake from their favourite recipe book!
If your child’s homework is online or uses some IT, you can email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Creative homeworks are a great opportunity for your child to get imaginative and inventive with their learning so encourage them to think deeply and not just opt for their first idea.
04 November 2016
This week, the homework is talk time and is due Thursday 10 November:
How can you show you are ready to learn?
This question links to our SEAL statement for the week and our SEAL theme for the half term – the 8Rs of learning. Being ready is an important part of your child’s learning attitude – by showing good looking skills, good listening skills and positive body language your child will be receptive to learning new things.
To help during your discussion, you and your child could draw pictures to illustrate your conversation or write a list.
In line with our homework policy, please ensure your child’s homework is handed in each Thursday so that it can be reviewed and new homework issued on Fridays.
21 October 2016
It’s half-term, so there’s no homework. Enjoy the holiday instead: hunt down a collection of chestnuts on a walk at Roundhay Park, enjoy a cinema trip on a damp day, go further afield and visit somewhere new…
Whatever you do, have a good break.
14 October 2016
This week’s homework is creative and is due on Thursday 20 October:
What do I know about dinosaurs?
This homework gives your child the chance to show what they know about dinosaurs in a creative way. Ideas could range from:
- a booklet of dino-facts
- a timeline
- a collage
- a model of where dinosaurs lived
Anything goes when it’s a creative homework so be ready to encourage your child to think big and to think differently!
07 October 2016
This week, the homework is Practice Makes Perfect and is due Thursday 13 October:
I know what a good sentence looks like.
So far this year, we’ve spent time looking at our sentences and what we can do to make them super:
- begin with a capital letter
- use finger spaces between each word
- end with a full stop
Your child has been given some sentences that Mrs Valentine just cannot get right! Give her some help by correcting missing or misplaced capital letters, checking for finger spaces and full stops.
Be sure to review the homework with your child and circle the correct traffic light for them:
30 September 2016
This week the homework is Talk Time and is due Thursday 06 October:
I can make a fresh start.
As part of our SEAL (Social, Emotional, Aspects of Learning), we’ll be thinking about fresh starts: what they mean, when we might need one and how we can go about making one.
When discussing the homework with your child, try to think of examples when they may have made a fresh start in the past, why did they need a fresh start and help them to recognise when they may need a fresh start in the future.
To aid your child in our whole class discussion next week, you could make some notes in your child’s homework book or it’d be even better if your child jotted down a few key things you’ve chatted about or draw some pictures to help remind them of their conversations at home when we talk about it together in class.
23 September 2016
This week’s homework is creative and is due Thursday 29 September:
I can combine words to make a sentence.
We’ve been working hard on writing sentences and this homework is great way for your child to show this learning creatively.
Ideas could range from a short story, a diary entry, a fact file on a dinosaur or instructions on how to make a dinosaur model!
Whatever your child chooses in order to complete this homework, make sure that they use our steps for a great sentence:
- Think of a sentence
- Say it out loud
- Count the words
- Write it
- Check it
Please ensure your child returns homework each Thursday so that the new homework can be prepared to take home on Friday in line with our homework guide (which you’ll find in the front of your child’s homework book).
16 September 2016
This week, our homework is practice makes perfect and is due Thursday 22 September:
I can practise counting to 10.
So far this year, we’ve spent lots of time thinking about 10; counting forwards and backwards to and from 10, counting objects and matching them to the correct number, matching numbers with numbers written in words and spotting missing numbers when looking at a number line to ten.
Your child has been given some learning where the objects need to be counted. To give your child another challenge, encourage them to write the counted amounts in words.
Have a go at including counting in your day! You could count steps, jumps, spoonfuls or road signs to include just a little bit of maths in your child’s day.
09 September 2016
This week’s homework is Talk Time and is due Thursday 15 September:
I can make somebody feel welcome.
Our SEAL theme is ‘New Beginnings’ and we’re going to be thinking about how we can make somebody feel welcome. Chat with your child about what they might say or do upon meeting somebody new, and what they can do to be kind and friendly. You might also discuss a time when they’ve been welcomed warmly by somebody and how that made them feel.
We’ll be catching up on your child’s ideas about welcoming somebody next week in our SEAL session.
Please see below for talk time guidance in our homework policy:
Talk Time homework: this involves a discussion topic eg ‘Should animals be kept in zoos?’ Children should make notes (even pictures, diagrams etc) ready to participate in a class / group discussion on the topic. Please make sure you write a comment about the Talk Time discussions in the homework books.
Have a happy and healthy holiday
It’s the summer holidays at last, so there are no homework or spelling activities. Enjoy the holidays instead!
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Research shows that playing outdoors promotes social skills, improves vision, reduces stress, increases attention span and provides vitamin D.