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.
08 November 2019
This week’s homework is Talk Time and is due in on Thursday 14 November.
I know my address.
Our current geography-themed topic is Where in the World am I? and we’d like the children to know what their address is to build up their knowledge of where they live in the world.
In our homework review on Thursday, we’ll discuss when we might need to use our address but also, from a safety point of view, when we shouldn’t give out this personal information.
18 October 2019
This week’s homework is Practice Makes Perfect.
I can answer mathematical questions.
In class, the children have been finding 10 more and 10 less than a given 2 digit number.
68 10 more
58 given number
48 10 less
We have focused on the importance of the tens digit and, using a 100 square, have explored what happens to the numbers in the columns.
Note that the tens digit changes whilst the ones stays the same.
The children have some activities to complete in their homework books.
Please return homework by Thursday 23rd October.
Friday 11 October 2019
Friday 11 October 2019
This week, the whole school has the same Talk Time homework. In preparation for the upcoming School Council elections, children should complete one of the following tasks:
- 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 are encouraged to take an active part in pupil voice.
Elections for our new school council will take place on Thursday 24 October with our polling station and ballot boxes at the ready. Candidates will have the opportunity to give their election speech in class to their peers.
What makes a good school councillor has been considered by our current school council.
- ‘use all the 8 Rs for learning’
- ‘be respectful’
- ‘help others’
- ‘be a good speaker and listener (to members of your class and in the meetings)’
- ‘tell the truth’
- ‘be confident with your ideas’
- ‘accept the views of others even if you don’t agree’
- ‘be friendly and approachable’
- ‘make good choices in class and around school’
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. We hope you have enjoyed this role and responsibility. You’re 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, you should instead consider the importance of voting.
04 October 2019
This week’s homework is a Talk Time.
‘Does my behaviour affect other people?’
We would like the children to discuss their own different behaviours and the effect these can have on others around them.
Young children often look to adults to articulate what is right and wrong.
Any discussion of why any behaviour is right or wrong, could include a simple statement about the effect it has on someone else. Ask your child to imagine themselves in the other person’s position and prompt empathetic thoughts with phrases such as “How do you feel when your friend won’t share the toy you want to play with?” or “When you don’t let Mia have a chance on the slide, she feels sad.”
Talk Time homework should be an opportunity for a child to engage in a conversation with other people at home (or electronically eg Face-time, Skype), where each person can contribute. This means children should be able to return to school to share a range of views and ideas with their classmates.
Homework will be discussed in class on Thursday 10 October.
Friday 27 September 2019
This week, the whole school has the same Creative homework: I can see maths all around me.
Maths is all around us. But, how often do we appreciate this? This homework is all about spotting maths in our everyday lives and we’re exposed to it more than we realise sometimes. We’d like to children to find some examples of maths from their everyday lives and show these creatively. There are many examples of maths in the world around us but here are a few examples:
- travel, TV or film timetables
- measuring ingredients
- finding examples of shapes in buildings
- counting out objects
- spending money when shopping
- distances on road signs
- %s in sales
- cutting food into the correct amount of slices or pieces
Children should be ready to celebrate their learning in our weekly homework review in class by Thursday 03 October 2019.
Please note: this homework should take no longer than 30 minutes.