28 November 2014
This week’s homework is talk time – children need to be ready to talk about their homework by Wednesday 03 December.
Our topic, “What’s the matter?”, has made us think about our feelings. There has been “an emotion” discussed every day including ways to deal with different feelings. We would like you to discuss the following:
What should we do if we are worried about something?
21 November 2014
Following our Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds themed week, our whole school creative homework this week is:
I know how to have a healthy body and healthy mind.
Each class has taken part in a variety of learning this week including a range of visitors to support our teaching of keeping healthy bodies and healthy minds. These include physical activities such as karate, tai chi, tennis, Leeds United football, assemblies by Leeds Rhinos and Leeds anti-social behaviour unit, class talks by Heart Research UK, d:side (drug education), various parents with health-related jobs and visits to Tesco for their Farm to Fork scheme and Allerton Grange. Class-based learning has also included dental health, hand-washing, the importance of sleep and breakfast, healthy eating and food preparation and mental health.
Your child could present this creative homework in a variety of different ways:
- a quiz which tests the knowledge of other children
- art work
- a poster
- writing: diary, story, letter, instructions, report
- a rap
- a mindmap
- your own creative idea
We look forward to seeing your creative ideas to demonstrate how to keep a healthy body and healthy mind.
Please return this homework by Wednesday 26 November.
14 November 2014
This week’s homework is practice makes perfect. Please make sure it is handed in by Wednesday 19 November.
The focus of the homework this week is phonics. There will be work for your child to complete in their homework book looking at different phonemes and then use of words in sentences.
Please make sure that your child is following the school handwriting scheme – don’t forget there is guidance on our website about handwriting if you need a reminder.
07 November 2014
This week’s homework is creative and is due on Wednesday 12 November.
I can be an artist.
As we’ve been looking at so many pieces of art and tried a few ideas out in class, it’s now time to see what we can do ourselves. Create any piece of art you want. Don’t forget, there are all sorts of types of art. Choose the one you like best or one you’ve never tried before…
…and many more. We’re really looking forward to seeing your amazing art.
…so there’s no specific homework this week, apart from ensuring your child spends at least 20 minutes each day reading and 5-10 minutes learning their number bonds / times tables.
Enjoy your October break. If you stay in Leeds, check out all the activities the museums and art galleries have on offer.
17 October 2014
This week’s homework is practice makes perfect.
Time is a very hard concept to learn but we have made a good start. After looking at all the different ways we can measure time, we’ve now started to look at actually telling the time. This has started with o’clock, with some children moving on to half past. This week’s homework is looking at telling the time so that the children can show you what they have been learning. Please make sure that you encourage your child to look at clocks and tell the time with them as it can take a while for them to become confident with this aspect of maths.
Thanks for your support with homework – the children are handing in some excellent stuff!
10 October 2014
This week’s homework is talk time.
Is it fair that some art is worth so much money when charities need money to help people?
The children are familiar with a few paintings by famous artists eg Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci. It will be interesting to investigate how much a painting like this is worth and then discuss whether this is fair when charities like St Gemma’s need funds to help look after people who are very ill. There is no right answer and everyone has different opinions – the children need to hear differing viewpoints so they can form their own opinions.
We will discuss this homework on Thursday 16 October as we’ll be at the Sculpture Park on Wednesday.
03 October 2014
This week’s homework is creative homework. It needs to be handed in by Wednesday 08 October.
We’ve been very lucky to ‘jump into’ many paintings with Katie over the past few weeks – her grandma is magical and can somehow make paintings come to life.
Which painting would you like to jump into? What would happen when you were inside the painting?
Be as creative as you like! Chat about ideas with your child: Could the homework be in the form of a poster, a letter, a comic strip, some writing, a PowerPoint…? Could it use photos, drawings, fold-out ‘extras’ on the page…?
I would like to jump into this painting:
26 September 2014
This week’s homework is practice makes perfect. It needs to be handed in by Wednesday 01 October.
It is really important that the children know their number bonds to 10 – this means that they need to know the pairs of numbers that make 10. For example…
7 + 3 = 10 so 3 + 7 = 10
And if they know the addition facts, they’ll know subtraction facts, too…
10 – 7 = 3 and 10 – 3 = 7
The homework this week is looking at calculations that make 10 – if your child can recall these facts quickly then it helps with more complicated calculations as they progress.
(Thank you for the great discussions that seem to have happened about Katie – it’s an exciting topic!)
19 September 2014
This week’s homework is talk time homework. Your child needs to be ready to talk about this homework on Wednesday 24 September.
What did Katie do?
There should be lots to talk about this week after our exciting day with Splats. Here are some questions you might want to ask:
- Who is Katie?
- What happened when she went to the art gallery with Grandma?
- Who did she meet in the paintings?
- Which painting would you like to go inside?
- Did anything in the paintings change?
As this is talk time homework, we do not expect lots of written work from the children. There is a slight change in expectations this year – please make a few brief notes showing what was discussed. Older children are expected to write their own notes but this is something that we can develop during the year.
We are looking forward to hearing all about your discussions.