17 November 2017
For all children in Year 1 to Year 6, the homework this week is Talk Time and will be discussed in class on Thursday 23 November:
Which charity should our school support?
Next week, we will focus on identity, diversity and community in our Who do you think you are? themed week. As part of this week, children will think about our school charity. Currently, we support Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Leeds Mind. A previous School Council selected these because they wanted to help people, support a mental health charity and wanted to help local and regional charities. They were chosen because pupils passed on to School Councillors very clear and strong arguments.
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 charity would be best for us to support. We will now support one charity for one year. Each class will discuss this and then the councillors will bring the views and ideas together to decide on the charities.
Once your child has decided on a charity, make sure they have clear, powerful reasons to support their views.
You might want to discuss whether we support…
- a local charity
- a children’s charity
- a charity which helps a vulnerable group in our community
- should we ensure the new charities are very different to the current ones or previous ones?
- should we need to have charities at all?
- if your child was to set up a new charity, what would (s)he choose, and (as always) why?
10 November 2017
The homework this week is creative.
I can describe a newly discovered land.
To tie in with our big topic, this homework asks children to describe a new land that they have discovered. Children could find a photo or illustration and then describe it. Or, they could draw and describe their own.
In writing lessons this week, we’ve been thinking about the different senses (see, hear, smell, taste, feel) to describe settings. Children should consider these when they are describing their setting.
03 November 2017
The homework this week is practice makes perfect and is due in on Thursday o9 November.
I can practise my number bonds to 20.
Children should spend time practising their bonds to 20 (e.g. 12 + ? = 20).
They should be ready to talk about how they have practised them and share any top tips with their classmates about how they remember them.
There is also a worksheet for children to complete independently. You should then go through the answers.
It’s the half-term holidays…
…and so there’s no specific homework next week. This is in-line with our Homework Policy.
During the half-term, please encourage your child to read each day, even if just for 15 minutes. As well as their current book, reading comics, newspapers, websites are all good – and why not take a trip to the library!
It would also be really helpful to help your child brush up on their times tables. Children in Year 2 should know x2, x5 and x10 (and the related division facts) by the end of the year – so give them a head start now! By the end of Year 4, children should know all their tables up to 12 x 12 (and the related division facts).
And make sure they enjoy the break, too: perhaps an autumn walk, a day out, a trip to the cinema… There are lots of things going on in Leeds – check them out.
Whatever you get up to, we’re looking forward to seeing you again on Monday 30 October.
13 October 2017
For all children in Year 1 – Year 6, the homework this week is talk time and is due in on Wednesday 18 October. There are two options:
- 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 at Moortown Primary are encouraged to take an active part in pupil voice.
Elections for our new school council will take place on Thursday 19 October with our polling station and ballot boxes at the ready. Candidates will have the opportunity to give their election speech to their class on Wednesday 18 October or Thursday 19 October.
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 then you should consider the importance of voting.
06 October 2017
The homework this week is creative and is due in on Thursday 12 October.
How do you use the 8Rs of learning?
At Moortown, we use 8 words which help us to be great learners – all the words start with R so they’re called the 8Rs of learning! Have a go at showing how you use some or all of the 8Rs to be the best learner you can be.
The 8 Rs are: readiness, responsiveness, responsible, risk-taking, resourcefulness, resilient, remembrance and reflection.
22 September 2017
This week’s homework is talk time and is due Thursday 28 September:
I know my address.
Our Explorers topic, which started this week, allows your child to explore their local environment.
It’s important for your child to know where they live (house name/number and street name as a minimum) in case of an emergency.
Please ensure your child is aware that they should never reveal their address to someone they don’t trust.
15 September 2017
The homework this week is talk time and is due in on Thursday 21 September.
I can take safe risks.
In class, we’re learning about the 8 Rs for Learning. This week, we’re looking at how we can take safe risks in and out of school. Chat to your children about what a safe risk could be and conversely what an unsafe risk is. For example, Amrit took a safe risk last weekend by performing with her dance group on stage in front of lots of people. In contrast, an unsafe risk may be cycling to school without a helmet on.
08 September 2017
This week the homework is creative and is due Thursday 14 September:
Tell us something we don’t know!
The homework is a great opportunity for your child to show their friends, teachers and peers what they like getting up to outside of school in a creative way (guidance for homework types is available for you to see in the front of your child’s homework book).
Maybe your child has a talent for taekwondo? A passion for painting? A liking for Lego? Or a knack for knitting? Encourage your child to take photographs, draw pictures or write a diary entry showcasing what they’re all about.
We can’t wait to see not only the first creative homework of the year but what our classes are like outside of school – be sure to stay tuned to our class news pages to see how we review creative homeworks.
14 July 2017
The final homework of the year is creative and is due in on Thursday.
I can create my own pirate flag.
Children should design their own pirate flag. This could be similar to the famous jolly roger or reflect their own pirate personality.