22 April 2016
The homework for this week is creative and is due in on Wednesday 27 April.
I can create some flower art.
As we are learning about flowers (specifically sunflowers) in our mini-topic, I would like children to create some art using flowers or plants as a stimulus. They could:
- find a green space and sketch or paint some flowers
- sketch or paint a vase of flowers
- create a collage
- use flowers or plants to create a piece of art
- focus in on one particular part of a flower or different flowers – such as petals or leaves
24 March 2016
The homework this week is practice makes perfect and is due in on Wednesday 30 March.
I understand what I have read.
Each child has been given a short reading comprehension activity to complete. Your child should read the text independently and then answer the questions. The initial questions simply require your child to identify the correct answer, but the questions at the end require your child to write in sentences. If your child knows the correct answer but doesn’t write this in a sentence, help them to change the one word into a sentence. For example, if the question was, ‘Which animal has a trunk?’ Your child may write ‘an elephant.’ Putting this into a sentence would be, ‘An elephant has a trunk.’
If your child particularly struggled, leave a short note in their homework book and I’ll look through it with them.
18 March 2016
The homework this week is Practice Makes Perfect and is due in on Wednesday 23 March.
I can find real life arrays.
Arrays are pictorial representations to help children understand multiplication. They are an arrangement of items in rows and columns, for example:
We have a neat arrangement of 5 rows and 3 columns. We can see here that there are 3 groups of 5, which is 3×5. This is how arrays can help children with multiplication.
At this stage, we are just focusing on identifying arrays. We have been looking for arrays around our classroom and in the playground. Here are some examples of real life arrays to get you started! When you find some, you could draw them or take a photograph to stick in your book.
11 March 2016
The homework this week is talk time and is due in on Wednesday 16 March.
Should people eat animals or should we all be herbivores?
Recently, we have learnt about what animals eat. We learnt that some animals are carnivores (eat only meat), some are herbivores (eat only plants) and some are omnivores (eat plants and meat). We’ve been looking at food chains and know that animals need to eat to survive.
But should we, as humans, eat meat? This is a huge topic and we don’t expect you to find any answer as such, but rather enjoy the discussion and reasoning it creates. You could find information from the internet, from books or from other people. Encourage your child to seek a balance of opinions and try not to steer their opinion one way. Here are some question prompts to get your conversations started:
Why do people eat meat?
Why do people choose not to eat meat?
Is it a healthy choice?
Is it cruel to the animals?
Are there some animals we shouldn’t eat?
Which religions abstain from eating certain meats, and why?
As it is talk time homework, your child is not required to record anything in their homework books although they can if they wish. However, please remember to sign it or write a short comment so we know that your child has engaged in a discussion. Many thanks.
04 March 2016
This week’s homework is Creative.
I can recommend a book.
As part of our World Book Day learning, we’re setting this homework across the whole school. Children have each been given a leaf to fill with their homework – front and back.
These leaves need to be wonderfully well presented because they will be decorating trees in our library.
On the leaf, children could:
- recommend a favourite book (fiction or non-fiction) with reasons why
- recommend a book that is important to their family or culture
- create illustrations
- provide information on the author
- say why reading is important to them
26 February 2016
The homework this week is practice makes perfect and is due in on Wednesday 02 March.
Write a book review for a fiction book you have read. Come prepared to talk to the class about the book.
Don’t feel restricted to the boxes! If you feel like you want to write more, you can do it in your homework book.
I’m looking forward to discussing books with you!
…so there’s no homework this week. Enjoy the break – walks to spot the first signs of Spring, restful reading huddled up at home, or whatever else you get up to!
05 February 2016
For all children in Year 1 – Year 6, the homework this week is talk time and is due in on Wednesday 10 February.
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 next Thursday 11 February 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 10 February.
What makes a good school councillor has been considered by our current school council.
- ‘Communicating with others – pupils and adults.’
- ‘Having good listening skills to know what to contribute in meetings.’
- ‘Thinking of realistic ideas to suggest in meetings.’
- ‘Considering other people’s views even if you don’t agree with them.’
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 over the last year. We hope you have enjoyed this role and responsibility and you are 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.
29 January 2016
The homework this week is practice makes perfect and is due in on Wednesday 03 February.
Learn your lines for our class assembly.
Remember to practise speaking slowly, clearly and loudly.
22 January 2016
The homework this week is creative and is due in on Wednesday 27 January.
What is your favourite animal and why?