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.
12 September 2014
The first piece of homework has been sent home with Year 1 children this week. There is a homework guide in the front of their homework book and there is more information on the website.
There are three different types of homework:
Creative homework – this is when the children can use their imagination as much as possible and be as creative as they want. There will be a statement or question and this is can be responded to through pictures, writing, photos, videos, presentations or anything else that grabs their interest. The only restriction is that they can only use one side of A4.
Practice makes Perfect – this homework is used to reinforce something that we have done in lessons or it might be that your child is finding something particularly hard and it is an opportunity for them to have more practice.
Talk time homework – this is when the children and you are encouraged to talk about a question or a statement and then the children feed back to the rest of the class. There does not have to be anything recorded in their book for talk time homework.
Homework is sent home on Friday and it must be sent back to school by the following Wednesday.
This week’s homework is “creative” homework and concludes our “Where in the World?” topic:
I can show where I live.
As always, if you have any questions or would like some support then please come and see us.
Ready to learn
It’s the summer holidays and, in line with our homework policy, there is no formal homework set over the six-week break.
That doesn’t mean that your child won’t be learning! We learn all the time – and so do children, whether it’s through play, day-trips, independent reading, discussions at home…
And of course, you’ll be keen to support your child at home so the basic facts aren’t forgotten. Please think about key English and Maths knowledge that you can gently practise over the holidays:
- number bonds: knowing pairs of numbers that add to make ten, like 3+7=10 and therefore 10-7=3). When your child is secure with pairs that total ten, can they extend this knowledge to pairs which make 20 (13+7=20, for example) and 100 (such as 30+70=100) – make this fun by using some sweet treats or how about stringing ten loom bracelets on string and then hiding some and making the link with the ones that are left (how many are hidden if you can see three bracelets?)
- times tables: Year 2 children should have an emerging knowledge of the 2 times table and the 10 times table at least, and children who have just finished Year 4 should know all their times tables (up to 12 x 12) and the division facts, too (7×8=56 so 56÷7=8) – think about chanting some times tables or buying an app to practise just a few minutes every day to keep your child’s knowledge sharp!
- reading: lots of reading over the holidays will help your child in lots of different ways – visit the local library; take part in our Extreme Reading competition; if you’re going to a theme park or museum, read the leaflet and the website… there are loads of opportunities to build in reading as a daily activity!
- writing: reading will help your child’s spellings and writing style, so don’t force lots of writing, but do try to encourage some useful, purposeful writing – write some postcards to friends and relatives , or send some emails instead, and make lists for what to pack on holiday, or what to buy if planning a sleepover.
Check out this guide about supporting learning, useful whether it’s term-time of holiday time!
Finally, make sure you enjoy the summer break!
11 July 2014
This week’s whole school homework is creative following our themed week, Staying Safe. It should be returned by Wednesday 16 July.
I know how to stay safe.
Throughout this week, a variety of visitors have worked with classes to deliver key learning about different aspects of safety. These include:
- water safety (lifeguard – Mr Glass and RNLI)
- scooter training (Mrs Strange)
- bike maintenance (Edinburgh bicycle cooperative)
- skateboarding (sk8 safe)
- trampolining (Roundhay high school)
- food/kitchen safety (school kitchen)
- first aid (British Red Cross)
- e-safety (One day creative)
- road safety (Leeds City Council)
- drug education (dside)
- safety within engineering (Mr McDermott)
- bike security (police)
Alongside these external visitors, children have been learning other aspects of safety within their class.
The creative homework is a great opportunity for your child to demonstrate their learning from this week. They could:
- write a poem
- produce a quiz
- create a comic strip
- produce an information leaflet
- create a crossword
- …or anything else they can think of.
04 July 2014
This week’s homework is Talk Time.
Should we take care of the seaside?
Millions of people go to our seasides each year. With so many people visiting, these beautiful areas often get damaged, polluted or left to fall into disrepair. Is it important that we look after the seaside (including the oceans) and why?
This is due Wednesday 9th July 2014.
27 June 2014
This week’s homework is practice makes perfect.
Understanding what we read is essential and that is what we were thinking about in our English lesson today. All of the children have a text in their homework books with some questions. Read the text with your child and then look at the questions and see if they can find the answers in the text. Sometimes the questions are multiple choice – they choose the correct answer; sometimes there is space for a written answer.
Please encourage your child to go back to the text and find the answers rather than just guess.
Homework is due to be handed in by Wednesday 02 July 2014.
20 June 2014
This weeks’ whole school homework is Talk Time and also involves completing the pupil health questionnaire sent home with your child.
I can share my views about health.
Emotional health and obesity are our two main health targets to further our healthy schools status and the questions are linked to these areas. They include:
- Are you happy at school?
- What do you enjoy most about playtimes and lunchtimes?
Please support your child to complete the health questionnaire in order to find out their views on some of our key health issues at school. This should be returned to your class teacher by Wednesday 25 June.
13 June 2014
This week’s homework is an investigative task. Earlier in the week the children were investigating arrays, a picture showing multiplication. This homework supports their learning, seeing maths in everyday life.
I can find examples of real life arrays.
An example of a real life array would be an egg box:
- 2 rows of 3 = 6 (2 x 3 = 6)
- 3 rows of 2 = 6 (3 x 2 = 6)
(Don’t forget the link to division, too!)
06 June 2014
This week’s homework is creative. Please make sure it is handed in by Wednesday 11 June.
What was the seaside like in the past?
Remember, you can be as creative as you like:
- a picture detailing what the seaside might have looked like in the past
- a collage of pictures that you find on the internet
- a poster advertising “Punch and Judy”
- a timeline showing how the seaside might have changed
- a mirror image – one side showing the seaside today and the other showing the seaside in the past
We are looking forward to seeing what you have learnt about how the seaside has changed.
16 May 2014
This week’s homework is talk time.
Why is it always important to tell the truth?
This will be discussed as part of our SEAL lessons next week. If you have this conversation at home then it will give the children chance to think about it in advance.