Year 3 Homework

09 January 2015

Posted on Friday 09 January 2015 by Mrs Valentine

The homework this week is Talk Time and is due Wednesday 14 January:

I can talk about how I manage my feelings.

This homework links to our SEAL theme for the next five weeks: Good to be Me. Chat to your child about different feelings they may have and how best to manage them. Try offering advice or switch the conversation around by asking your child for advice to manage a particular feeling – it’d be a great way to find out their strategy for managing feelings.

Please indicate that you’ve supported your child with their Talk Time homework by signing against the notes your child has written in their homework book.

Below is the guidance for Talk Time homework, taken from our Homework Policy:

The purpose of Talk Time homework is to encourage a conversation around children’s current learning. Children shouldn’t spend a lot of time on the presentation of the Talk Time homework.  Instead, children should make notes, which will act as a prompt when it is discussed in class the following week.  For this reason, teachers tend to give verbal feedback during their talk time session in class.  We want our children to be expert talkers, using a variety of sentences and expressions, and able to back up their points or disagree with others in a polite way – this is more important than written notes for Talk Time.  Simply: it’s hard to be a good writer if you’re not a good speaker, so Talk Times using ambitious words, useful phrases, interesting sentences is the best way to support your child.

12 December 2014

Posted on Thursday 11 December 2014 by Mrs O'Malley

This week’s homework is practice makes perfect and is due in on Wednesday 17 December.

I can recite a poem.

For this week’s homework task, children should have a go at reciting some poetry. This homework links to the learning we’ve been doing in English this week, as well as to one of our Rs for learning – remembering.

Your child has been given a booklet full of poems to read and recite. They should aim to recite at least one poem.

Some top tips for reciting poetry:

  • Read one line aloud, cover it up and try to recite it (then repeat for the remaining lines)
  • Write the poem out from memory
  • Learn it with someone from home (each person says one line each)

On Wednesday, we’ll be enjoying some poetry recitals  – happy reciting!

05 December 2014

Posted on Thursday 04 December 2014 by Mrs Taylor

The whole school homework this week is creative: 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 will have celebrated a religious festival of some sort. This might have been

  • the Muslim festival of Eid ul Adha, this year in October
  • the Sikh and Hindu festival Diwali, also in October
  • the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, coming up in December
  • the Christian festival (of course, celebrated by many non-Christians, too) of Christmas
  • the Chinese New Year festival which next year will be in February

There are lots of other festivals and celebrations which you and your child together might want to reflect on, from the anniversary of the crowning of Selassie (a festival which might be celebrated by Rastafarians) to the Winter Solstice (a Pagan festival). You can also research more festivals.

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.

Whether inspired culturally or spiritually, your child’s homework is due on Wednesday 10 December.

28 November 2014

Posted on Friday 28 November 2014 by Mrs O'Malley

This week’s homework is practice makes perfect and is due in on Wednesday 03 December.

I can show what I’ve learned about time.

Our most recent maths learning has been about time. We’ve learned to tell the time, we’ve converted time from analogue to digital (some of us have had a go at converting to 24-hour clock, too!) and calculated duration.

Your child is required to complete two tasks for their homework this week:

  1. The ‘tell the time’ worksheet that is stapled into their homework book
  2. Something else creative to show what they know about time

Time is a tricky concept for children to pick up and so it needs regular revisiting. Here are some good questions you could pose in order to support your child’s learning:

  • “What time is it?”
  • “What time will it be in 15/20/25 etc minutes time?”
  • “If our car journey starts at 11:30am and we arrive at 1:15pm, how long has our journey been?”
  • “If our Sunday afternoon walk lasts for two and half hours and we set off at 1.45pm, what time will we stop walking?”

21 November 2014

Posted on Thursday 20 November 2014 by Mrs Taylor

Following our Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds themed week, our whole school creative homework this week is:

I know how to have a healthy body and healthy mind.

Each class has taken part in a variety of learning this week including a range of visitors to support our teaching of keeping healthy bodies and healthy minds.  These include physical activities such as karate, tai chi, tennis, Leeds United football, assemblies by Leeds Rhinos and Leeds anti-social behaviour unit, class talks by Heart Research UK, d:side (drug education), various parents with health-related jobs and visits to Tesco for their Farm to Fork scheme and Allerton Grange.  Class-based learning has also included dental health, hand-washing, the importance of sleep and breakfast, healthy eating and food preparation and mental health.

Your child could present this creative homework in a variety of different ways:

  • a quiz which tests the knowledge of other children
  • art work
  • poetry
  • a poster
  • writing: diary, story, letter, instructions, report
  • a rap
  • a mindmap
  • your own creative idea

We look forward to seeing your creative ideas to demonstrate how to keep a healthy body and healthy mind.

Please return this homework by Wednesday 26 November.

14 November 2014

Posted on Friday 14 November 2014 by Mrs O'Malley

This week’s homework is talk time and is due in on Wednesday 19 November.

I can discuss what I know about bullying.

Next Friday is anti-bullying day as part of the Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds themed week. In preparation for this, I’ve asked the children to discuss at home what they already know about this issue. They could talk about:

  • different types of bullying
  • why people might decide to bully others
  • how to stop bullying

Please indicate that you’ve supported your child with their Talk Time homework by signing against the notes your child has written in their homework book.

Below is the guidance for Talk Time homework, taken from our Homework Policy:

The purpose of Talk Time homework is to encourage a conversation around children’s current learning. Children shouldn’t spend a lot of time on the presentation of the Talk Time homework.  Instead, children should make notes, which will act as a prompt when it is discussed in class the following week.  For this reason, teachers tend to give verbal feedback during their talk time session in class.  We want our children to be expert talkers, using a variety of sentences and expressions, and able to back up their points or disagree with others in a polite way – this is more important than written notes for Talk Time.  Simply: it’s hard to be a good writer if you’re not a good speaker, so Talk Times using ambitious words, useful phrases, interesting sentences is the best way to support your child.

07 November 2014

Posted on Friday 07 November 2014 by Mrs O'Malley

This week’s homework is creative and is due in on Wednesday 12 November.

I can show what I’ve learned during our Class Novel topic.

We’ve come to the end of our Class Novel topic – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This homework gives children the opportunity to show what they’ve learned. We spent some time in class this afternoon discussing what children could do for this homework. Here are some ideas the children came up with:

  • Write a list of fascinating facts about chocolate
  • Create or draw something to show how chocolate is made
  • Make a mini scene from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Design your own factory on your computer
  • Write your own quiz
  • Label a chocolate bar with ingredients
  • Design a wordsearch
  • Write descriptions for each of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory characters
  • Create your own board game

Be as creative as you can! Below is the guidance for creative homework, taken from our Homework Policy:

Creative

This is where your child’s creative juices can flow!  Creative homework is an opportunity for your child to choose whatever they want to demonstrate some learning. Your child could present all their learning in so many different ways, from a diagram with notes to a story or comic strip. Parents’ and carers’ role is to support, encourage, help but (obviously) never to take over and do the homework!  Teachers always look forward to seeing how creative children can be.  If you notice the work has not been marked, please don’t worry.  Teachers will have looked at and celebrated the homework in another way – the work might have been viewed by the whole class using a visualiser which allows the work to be projected to the whole class and a discussion of ‘stars and steps’ will happen.  Peer assessment is also effective – children are very able to share what’s good and what needs improving!  These sorts of verbal feedback strategies are often more effective than a written comment because it’s more instant and it makes sure the child understands (and their work is praised publicly!).

It’s half-term…

Posted on Thursday 23 October 2014 by Mr Roundtree

…so there’s no specific homework this week, apart from ensuring your child spends at least 20 minutes each day reading and 5-10 minutes learning their number bonds / times tables.

Enjoy your October break. If you stay in Leeds, check out all the activities the museums and art galleries have on offer.

17 October 2014

Posted on Thursday 16 October 2014 by Mrs O'Malley

This week’s homework is creative and is due in on Wednesday 22 October.

I can design packaging for my own product.

As part of our Class Novel Topic – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – we’ve created our own products to promote. In English next week, we’ll be writing an advertisement for this product. Alongside this, we’ll be making packaging using 3D nets.

The children  have already begun to gather ideas for what they would like their packaging to look like, including colours, design (fonts, background, logo), and snappy slogans.

The idea of this homework isn’t to make the packaging, but simply to come up with some ideas for what they would like to include on the packaging, ready to make at school next week. Your child might:

  • fill their homework page with different handwritten fonts
  • draw out the design for the front of the packaging
  • create their own logo and brand name

…or anything else you can think of!

The children will bring their ‘Arty Ideas’ books home with them for the weekend, to remind themselves of the ideas that they came up with at the beginning of this week.

10 October 2014

Posted on Friday 10 October 2014 by Mrs O'Malley

This week’s homework is talk time and is due in on Wednesday 15 October.

How can I make my classroom a good place to learn?

This task links to our SEAL statement for the week. Discuss with your child about their behaviour, attitude and respecting the learning environment so that everyone in the class is able to learn to the best of their ability.

Please indicate that you’ve supported your child with their Talk Time homework by signing against the notes your child has written in their homework book.

Below is the guidance for Talk Time homework, taken from our Homework Policy:

Talk Time

The purpose of Talk Time homework is to encourage a conversation around children’s current learning. Children shouldn’t spend a lot of time on the presentation of the Talk Time homework.  Instead, children should make notes, which will act as a prompt when it is discussed in class the following week.  For this reason, teachers tend to give verbal feedback during their talk time session in class.  We want our children to be expert talkers, using a variety of sentences and expressions, and able to back up their points or disagree with others in a polite way – this is more important than written notes for Talk Time.  Simply: it’s hard to be a good writer if you’re not a good speaker, so Talk Times using ambitious words, useful phrases, interesting sentences is the best way to support your child.