02 February 2019
The homework this week is talk time.
I can give my opinion on a piece of art.
We’ve been looking at some well-known pieces of art in lessons this week. For this homework, the children have four pictures of art in their books. They should talk about the pieces of art. Discuss what they like and dislike about the pieces. Please don’t just limit the discussion to the four pieces in the homework book. Talk about any artwork! It could be something that is in your house. It could be a sculpture that often walk past in town. It could be a favourite from a gallery visit or a favourite piece that someone in your family has created.
Friday 25 January 2019
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 31 January.
Friday 18 January 2019
Friday 18 January 2019
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 playtime
- 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.
11 January 2019
This week, the homework is creative.
We’re learning about materials in our What’s the Matter science mini-topic. For this homework, we’d like your child to design and draw a house for a favourite teddy, dolly, toy or Mr Grumpy! The parts of the house should use appropriate materials – so no marshmallows for the roof or wood for the windows! Children should label their drawings so that we know what materials they have used and they could also explain why this is an appropriate material.
Please try to use some of the following vocabulary when talking about and doing your homework: soft, hard, waterproof, absorbent, rigid, bendy, transparent, opaque
14 December 2018
The homework this week is talk time.
I can talk about what I was learning in these photos:
What subject were you learning?
What skills were you practising?
What part of the learning was most challenging?
What part was the most fun?
What would you like to learn next?
07 December 2018
This week, the whole school has the same Creative homework which should be returned by Thursday 13 December.
The children are invited to respond to something from either a cultural or 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.
30 November 2018
This week’s creative homework relates to our science learning about forces.
I can spot examples of pushes and pulls in everyday life.
Below are a few ideas of what the children could do for this homework:
- Your child could take some photos of different pushes and pulls they see at home and when they’re out and about.
- They could draw some scientific diagrams of pushes and pulls in action.
- They could create a push and pull poster.
- They could create a push or pull quiz to test other people.
23 November 2018
Homework for the whole school this week is Talk Time: Which charity should our school support?
Next week, a charity will be decided for Moortown Primary to support in 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
16 November 2018
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 22 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 can we 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.
09 November 2018
This week’s homework is talk time. It is a moral homework linked to our Time Travel topic:
You are the King or Queen and your castle is under siege (the enemy has surrounded you, cutting off supplies). You spot one of your knights outside the castle. Would you open the drawbridge to let them in or not?
Children should be ready to debate this in class on Thursday.