07 February 2020
This week, the whole school has the same creative homework, which is due in on Thursday 13 February 2020.
I can show different ways to stay safe, including online.
This week, linked to our Living & Learning, we have been thinking about how to make safe choices, including online. There are many ways, and many different situations, in which we need to keep safe: at home, at school, in our environment and online.
Children should think about the situations where they need to keep safe and who might help them to stay safe. This could be done in any creative way:
- A story
- A poem
- A comic strip
- An advert
- An interview
- A game
…or any other creative ideas!
The homework will be reviewed as part of our weekly homework review.
31 January 2020
This week’s homework is Talk Time: I know how to look after my mental health.
Next week is Children’s Mental Health Week. In class, after lunch, we have relaxation time where the children choose a mindfulness technique. We’d like the children to learn a new technique from the sheet provided (see below) or teach one to someone at home.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is about focussing on the present moment. This is done through a variety of techniques to calm the mind and help manage our reactions to our thoughts and emotions.
24 January 2020
This week, the whole school has the same Talk Time homework: What is a drug?
This homework, which links to our Living and Learning statement, is a first step in children becoming aware of drugs. There are a few key points you may wish to talk about at home. Children need to be aware that some drugs are helpful, some are harmful, some are legal, some are illegal. Don’t forget to consider that even the legal or helpful ones can be harmful.
Below are some question prompts that could help shape your discussion…
- What is a good definition for a drug?
- What is a drug? What is not a drug?
- Are all drugs bad?
- Why might some people need to take medicines?
- Who can prescribe medicine?
- Who should administer medicine?
- What should you do if you find some medicine?
- Should you take medicine that isn’t yours?
Children should be prepared to discuss what they’ve talked about at home during our homework review next week. This homework should be completed by Thursday 30 January.
17 January 2020
This week, the whole school has the same Creative homework:
I can show different ways to make things better.
This homework, which is due on Thursday 24 January, is an opportunity for children to reflect on our living & learning statement for this week: I can make things better.
Children should think about ways to make things better in a variety of different situations and contexts:
- in class
- in a friendship group
- at playtimes
- at home
- with siblings
- out and about (countryside, park)
- the wider environment (recycling)
You could consider…
- Why should we try and make things better?
- How do we do this?
- When should we apologise?
- What is the effect it has on others around us when we make things better?
- Older children might want to consider the benefits of restorative justice.
Don’t forget to be creative! Produce a report or diary; capture photos of making things better; create rules for better games at play times; make a poster about how to say sorry; or, think of your own creative response.
This homework will be celebrated in our weekly homework review.
10 January 2020
This week’s home work is Practice Makes Perfect.
I can respond to a text.
We’d like the children to read the non-fiction text and answer the questions (Section C is optional). When we read texts in class, the children are used to underlining words they don’t know. If they find any unknown words, please discuss these with your child.
Homework is due back in school by Thursday 16 January 2020.
14 December 2019
This week’s homework is Talk Time and will be discussed on Thursday 19 December 2019.
I can talk about what I was learning in these photos.
Here are some photographs of some learning we’ve done this half term. Ask your child what learning was taking place in the pictures.
This is a great opportunity to find out more about your child’s experiences at school. We regularly post photos to the website and these can provide even more chances to find out what is going on in our classroom.
06 December 2019
This week, the whole school has the same Creative homework, which should be returned by Thursday 12 December.
The children are invited to respond to something from either a cultural or a spiritual perspective.
I can show what I know and think about something cultural.
We’d like children to present their responses about a recent book they’ve read, film they’ve watched, piece of art they’ve looked at, piece of music they’ve listened to – anything cultural in fact.
We’re interested to read some sort of description (a summary, for example) and then your child’s opinions. This review might include pictures, an interview (your child could write a fictional script between himself/herself and the artist, for example), a letter (eg to or from a character, or perhaps even the author) – anything which might include your child’s responses!
However, your child might prefer to do the following:
I can show what I know about a festival.
Over the course of this term, some children in school may have celebrated a religious festival of some sort. This might have been
- the Muslim festival of Eid ul Adha
- the Sikh and Hindu festival Diwali
- the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, coming up in December
- the Christian festival (of course, celebrated by many non-Christians) of Christmas
- and the Chinese New Year festival, coming up
There are lots of other festivals and celebrations, which you and your child together might want to reflect on.
We invite children to respond to the sentence above – they might include a recount (like a diary entry), pictures, an interview (perhaps in a script). Your child might also choose to research a completely unknown festival, or they might even think about creating a brand new festival, one that everyone will celebrate.
29 November 2019
This week’s homework is Practice Makes Perfect.
I know some scientific and geographical vocabulary.
The children have been given some definitions for words we have been using in class. We would like the children to match each word to the correct definition.
Homework to be returned to school by Thursday 5th December.
Friday 22 November 2019
This week, the whole school has the same Talk Time homework: Which charity should our school support?
Next week, a charity will be decided for us to support for the year ahead – for example, when we have a performance, we’ll collect money for this particular charity. What charity does your child think we should support?
You could talk about:
- what a charity is
- why charities are important
- what sort of work they do
- charities that have meaning to your family, to school or the community
- national and international charities and their work
Next week, each class will vote (because in our school we make democratic decisions) for the charity they would like to support to form a shortlist. Then, our recently elected School Council will decide which charity we will support for the next year.
Friday 15 November 2019
Friday 15 November 2019
This week, the whole school has the same Creative homework which children should be ready to discuss as part of our homework review on Thursday 21 November.
I know how to STOP bullying.
This homework is a response to our learning this week during anti-bullying week. Throughout the week, each class has had the chance to talk about what bullying is, what the different types of bullying are and how we can STOP it:
As part of your discussion you may find our school definition of bullying useful, as agreed by our School Councillors:
Bullying is when you hurt someone, physically or emotionally, several times on purpose.
As the homework is Creative, you can do anything you want to respond to the statement. Here are a few ideas to help you:
- Create a cartoon strip of a bullying scenario and how it is solved.
- Create an acrostic poem using the word bullying.
- Write your own ‘kindness statements’ for your class.
- Create a scenarios quiz for your class to decide what they would do.