Year 1 Homework

16 March 2012

Posted on Friday 16 March 2012 by

Your homework this week is creative and is due in on Wednesday 21 March 2012.

I know how to use question and exclamation marks.

We’ve been learning about different forms of punctuation. Homework is to produce a piece of work that shows what you have learnt.

Ideas could include:

  • Some art work.
  • A sentence or two.
  • A short story.
  • Finding examples in a variety of books or magazines.
  • Your own even more creative idea.

09 March 2012

Posted on Thursday 08 March 2012 by

This week’s homework is Practice Makes Perfect – to complete a worksheet on letter formations.

You’ll find the worksheet in your child’s homework book.

This homework is due on Wednesday 14 March.

02 March 2012

Posted on Friday 02 March 2012 by

This week’s homework is talk time and it links with our current SEAL theme. It’s due in on Wednesday 07 March 2012.

I can say why it is ‘Good to be me’.

Remember, with talk time homework, there is no need to write anything in the books; a few prompts might be helpful but not essential.

24 February 2012

Posted on Thursday 23 February 2012 by

This week’s homework is creative. It’s due in on Wednesday 29 February 2012.

Next week, on Thursday 01 March, it’s World Book Day.  To celebrate, all the classes are having a themed day on the subject of reading.  There will be lots of activities, including an invitation for your child to dress up as a favourite book character.  Linked to this, we’d like all children in school to consider their favourite story and explain why…

I can say why I like a book.

You could create a comic strip, write a book review, draw a story map, write a letter to the author… Anything you like that celebrates reading!

As always, the creative homework should be on one side of the A4 Homework Books, although creative ways to extend this are allowed!

It’s the holidays…

Posted on Saturday 11 February 2012 by Mr Roundtree

…so there are no spellings or homework activities.

Instead, enjoy a winter walk, the marvellous Muppets movie, some cool culture at a gallery or museum… Enjoy the half-term break.

03 February 2012

Posted on Thursday 02 February 2012 by

This week’s homework is Practice Makes Perfect – to complete a worksheet on number patterns.

You’ll find the worksheet in your child’s homework book.

This homework is due on Wednesday 08 February.

Our homework policy

Posted on Friday 27 January 2012 by Mr Roundtree

Our Homework Policy was written to support and engage as many learners as we can, and to provide opportunities for others – family, friends – to support in a positive, constructive way.  It’s great to see more and more children are putting more and more effort into their homework.  Recently, a few parents have asked about expectations.  I hope the following will clarify what we can expect and what you can expect:

Talk Time

Teachers have noticed that, in some instances, a lot of time has been taken on the presentation of the Talk Time homework.  Children are welcome to do this although it is not necessary.  The purpose of Talk Time homework is to encourage a conversation around their current learning. Any notes made in their homework book should simply be there to aid them as a prompt when it is discussed in class the following week.  For this reason, teachers tend to give verbal feedback during their talk time session in class.  We want our children to be expert talkers, using a variety of sentences and expressions, and able to back up their points or disagree with others in a polite way – this is more important than written notes for Talk Time.  Simply: it’s hard to be a good writer if you’re not a good speaker, so Talk Times using ambitious words, useful phrases, interesting sentences is the best way to support your child.

Creative

This is where your child’s creative juices can flow!  Creative homework is an opportunity for your child to choose whatever they want to demonstrate some learning.  For example, the Y3 and Y4 homework this week is Creative: I can show what I know about food chains.  Your child could present all their learning in so many different ways, from a diagram with notes to a story or comic strip.  Parents’ and carers’ role is to support, encourage, help but (obviously) never to take over and do the homework!  Teachers always look forward to seeing how creative children can be.  If you notice the work has not been marked, please don’t worry.  Teachers will have looked at and celebrated the homework in another way – the work might have been viewed by the whole class using a visualiser which allows the work to be projected to the whole class and a discussion of ‘stars and steps’ will happen.  Peer assessment is also effective – children are very able to share what’s good and what needs improving!  These sorts of verbal feedback strategies are often more effective than a written comment because it’s more instant and it makes sure the child understands (and their work is praised publicly!).

Practice makes Perfect

This is similar to what you might consider traditional homework: it may be a worksheet or a writing task (such as Y5’s current homework: I can write instructions).  Practice Makes Perfect is useful homework when something has been taught in school but needs consolidation.  The work should be fairly straightforward for the child as there should be no need for new learning, so just some encouragement from you is needed.  However, it would be a great time to get your child to teach you – they should be able to explain the key points or processes!  We use this type of homework less often because usually the best practice is where a teacher can keep feeding back and presenting new challenges when they see it as appropriate.  Teachers mark these activities in line with our marking policy.

As always, please ask if you’ve any questions or concerns.

27 January 2012

Posted on Thursday 26 January 2012 by

This week’s homework is creative. It’s due in on Wednesday 01 February.

I know what a hero is.

It links to our new topic, Heroes. Your child could produce a:

  • poster
  • draw a picture
  • write some sentences
  • do some research

Remember, homework should stick to one page of the Homework Book, but the page can be extended with flaps, pull out sections or some other creative way.

20 January 2012

Posted on Friday 20 January 2012 by

This week’s homework is Practice Makes Perfect. It’s due in on Wednesday 25 January 2012.

There is a worksheet in your child’s book. We are learning to form our letters correctly and then join letters together.

Have a look at our handwriting policy.

13 January 2012

Posted on Thursday 12 January 2012 by Mr Roundtree

For all children in Year 1 to Year 6, the homework this week is Talk Time:

Which two charities should we support at school and why?

It’s time for children to think about our school charities.  Currently, we support the NSPCC and the WWF.  A previous School Council selected these because they wanted to help animals and people, and wanted to help nationally and internationally.  We’ve helped these charities for two years now, so it’s time for a change.  We need you to have a discussion at home about which charities would be best for us to support.  Each class will then discuss this and then the councillors will bring the views and ideas together to decide on the charities. 

You might want to discuss whether we support a local charity like St Gemma’s, or a children’s charity like Unicef, or a charity that have helped our learning, like the Dogs’ Trust, or even whether we should support charities in school at all.