We’ll aim to reply on the same day and no later than the following morning. To keep this manageable, please restrict emails to one per day, per child.
20 March 2020
This week, the whole school has the same Talk Time homework: I can pay and receive compliments to/from people outside of school.
This homework, which links to our recent living and learning statement, is an opportunity for children to discuss the benefits of paying compliments to people. Here are some questions that might shape your discussion:
- How does paying a compliment make you feel?
- How does receiving a compliment make you feel?
- Why is it important to be sensible when paying or receiving compliments?
- Can you compliment people too much?
- Is it ok to compliment a stranger? Is this safe?
Children should be ready to discuss what they’ve talked about at home by Thursday 26 March 2020. It would be even better if children were able to talk confidently about times when they have given, or received, a compliment.
13 March 2020
Our homework this week is Creative: I can show my talents.
All of the children in our school are blessed with an array of talents. This week, our homework, which links to our living and learning statement (I can recognise my talents), gives our children the opportunity to celebrate and share their talents. Children should respond creatively and be ready to show off their talents to their peers as part of their homework review. They could do this in a range of ways:
create a short performance to show to the class
film themselves showing off their talent
make a collage of their many talents
produce a piece of art to show off their talents
There are, of course, many other ways that children could respond. Children should be ready to show off their talents by Thursday 19 March 2020.
06 March 2020
This week the homework is Practice Makes Perfect.
In class, we have been learning about data and the different ways it can be presented. We have looked at pictograms, tally and bar charts.
The children need to complete the sheets they have been given.
For a bit more of a challenge, we have asked the children to collect some data and then choose how to record it. This is optional.
28 February 2020
This week, our homework is Creative and is helping us to celebrate World Book Day next week.
I can show what I love about reading.
Children could come up with their own ideas for how to show this, or ideas might include:
- create a labelled diagram of the perfect place to read in
- write a book review
- draw and label/describe a character from your favourite book
- write a letter to an author telling them how much you loved reading their book
- write a one minute speech on your favourite book, persuading others to read it – consider what the most exciting parts are, which characters you love or you love to hate, who might enjoy reading it next and why
Be as creative as you like.
This homework will be celebrated in our weekly homework review on World Book Day itself, 5 March 2020.
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.