03 October 2014
This week’s homework is practice makes perfect and is due in on Wednesday 08 October.
I can show what I’ve learned about mass.
This week in Maths, we’ve been looking at measuring mass (weight). This homework gives children the opportunity to show what they’ve learned.
We’ve learned about estimating and using benchmarks – things we know the weight of to determine things which are heavier or lighter. We’ve also had a go at measuring the mass of classroom objects (and each other!), practised reading scales and even done a spot of problem solving.
Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:
- choose 10 items (or pets/people!) and estimate their mass, then order them from heaviest to lightest
- do some cooking or baking, measuring out the ingredients as you go
Don’t forget that you can support your child in other ways, too. As well as completing the homework, try challenging your child to estimate and measure accurately the mass of things around your home (or even you…!). Even something as simple as looking for the weight of things in the kitchen cupboard and at the supermarket will help by helping to secure awareness of how much 150g or 30g or 1kg actually is. And it’s fine to sometimes use imperial measures, but try to get used to metric, too!
26 September 2014
This week’s homework is talk time and is due in on Wednesday 01 October.
I can discuss how my choices can affect other people.
As you will be aware, our current topic is Class Novel; Year 3 is reading Roald Dahl’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. As part of our topic, we’ve been looking at how chocolate is made. At the beginning of this week, we discussed the ‘journey’ of chocolate, from bean to bar. We talked about cocoa farmers who work extremely hard so that we can enjoy our tasty treats. The sad fact is that a lot of cocoa farmers don’t receive enough money from their labour so that they can provide for their families. Linked to this, we talked about Fairtrade products and how this scheme can help poor families across the world.
This week’s homework gives the children the opportunity to reflect on the discussion we had in class, as well as considering how their choices can affect other people (whether that’s at home, at school or on a much larger scale).
Enjoy your discussion – please make sure your child takes notes throughout, so that they have something to contribute when we discuss it in school on Wednesday. Please also sign your child’s homework book to show that the discussion has taken place.
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. (Please don’t forget we also want your comments about the Talk Time and how your child has contributed to discussions.)
19 September 2014
This week’s homework is practice makes perfect and is due in on Wednesday 24 September.
I can describe a character.
This week in English, we’ve been writing character descriptions. We’ve used noun phrases, expanded noun phrases and similes to describe some of Roald Dahl’s most gruesome characters. Now it’s time to practise what we’ve learned.
Here’s the beginning of a character description for Willy Wonka. Write your own character description, using mine to help you. It could be for Willy Wonka, or for one of your favourite book characters. Try to use as many of the features as you can (I’ve underlined the sort of thing I’m looking for below). You could describe:
- His clothes
- His face
- His movements
*If you really want to challenge yourself, have a go at including some descriptive openers.
Looking as wise as an owl, Mr Wonka stood all alone just inside the open gates of the factory. What an extraordinary man he was! He had a black top hat on his head and he wore a tail coat made of a beautiful, plum-coloured velvet. His trousers were bottle green. On his bony hands, he wore gloves that were pearly grey. And in one hand, he carried a fine, gold-topped walking cane.
Below is the guidance for practice makes perfect homework, taken from our Homework Policy:
Practice Makes Perfect
This is similar to what you might consider traditional homework: it may be a worksheet or a writing task (eg I can write instructions). Practice Makes Perfect is useful homework when something has been taught in school but needs consolidation. The work should be fairly straightforward for the child as there should be no need for new learning, so just some encouragement from you is needed. However, it would be a great time to get your child to teach you – they should be able to explain the key points or processes! We use this type of homework less often because usually the best practice is where a teacher can keep feeding back and presenting new challenges when they see it as appropriate. Teachers mark these activities in line with our marking policy.
12 September 2014
This week’s homework is creative and is due in on Wednesday 17 September.
I can show what I’ve learned about our ‘Where In The World’ topic.
We’ve come to the end of our first mini topic – Where In The World. This homework gives children the opportunity to show what they’ve learned. For this homework, children could:
- create their own map or globe
- design a quiz about capital cities or the seven continents
- create an information sheet with ‘did you know?’ sections
- write a postcard from a holiday destination
Be as creative as you can! Below is the guidance for creative homework, taken from our Homework Policy:
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!).
Ready to learn
It’s the summer holidays and, in line with our homework policy, there is no formal homework set over the six-week break.
That doesn’t mean that your child won’t be learning! We learn all the time – and so do children, whether it’s through play, day-trips, independent reading, discussions at home…
And of course, you’ll be keen to support your child at home so the basic facts aren’t forgotten. Please think about key English and Maths knowledge that you can gently practise over the holidays:
- number bonds: knowing pairs of numbers that add to make ten, like 3+7=10 and therefore 10-7=3). When your child is secure with pairs that total ten, can they extend this knowledge to pairs which make 20 (13+7=20, for example) and 100 (such as 30+70=100) – make this fun by using some sweet treats or how about stringing ten loom bracelets on string and then hiding some and making the link with the ones that are left (how many are hidden if you can see three bracelets?)
- times tables: Year 2 children should have an emerging knowledge of the 2 times table and the 10 times table at least, and children who have just finished Year 4 should know all their times tables (up to 12 x 12) and the division facts, too (7×8=56 so 56÷7=8) – think about chanting some times tables or buying an app to practise just a few minutes every day to keep your child’s knowledge sharp!
- reading: lots of reading over the holidays will help your child in lots of different ways – visit the local library; take part in our Extreme Reading competition; if you’re going to a theme park or museum, read the leaflet and the website… there are loads of opportunities to build in reading as a daily activity!
- writing: reading will help your child’s spellings and writing style, so don’t force lots of writing, but do try to encourage some useful, purposeful writing – write some postcards to friends and relatives , or send some emails instead, and make lists for what to pack on holiday, or what to buy if planning a sleepover.
Check out this guide about supporting learning, useful whether it’s term-time of holiday time!
Finally, make sure you enjoy the summer break!
11 July 2014
This week’s whole school homework is creative following our themed week, Staying Safe. It should be returned by Wednesday 16 July.
I know how to stay safe.
Throughout this week, a variety of visitors have worked with classes to deliver key learning about different aspects of safety. These include:
- water safety (lifeguard – Mr Glass and RNLI)
- scooter training (Mrs Strange)
- bike maintenance (Edinburgh bicycle cooperative)
- skateboarding (sk8 safe)
- trampolining (Roundhay high school)
- food/kitchen safety (school kitchen)
- first aid (British Red Cross)
- e-safety (One day creative)
- road safety (Leeds City Council)
- drug education (dside)
- safety within engineering (Mr McDermott)
- bike security (police)
Alongside these external visitors, children have been learning other aspects of safety within their class.
The creative homework is a great opportunity for your child to demonstrate their learning from this week. They could:
- write a poem
- produce a quiz
- create a comic strip
- produce an information leaflet
- create a crossword
- …or anything else they can think of.
04 July 2014
The homework this week is Practice Makes Perfect and is due in on Wednesday 9 July. I can write a recount about my Tour de France experience.
27 June 2014
The homework this week is creative and is due Wednesday 02 July:
I can design my own Tour de France jersey.
Your child can get as creative as they want with this designing homework. Ideas could be an annotated diagram of their jersey, an actual jersey or a collage.
Be sure to encourage your child to think of the material, colour/pattern and comfort.
20 June 2014
This weeks’ whole school homework is Talk Time and also involves completing the pupil health questionnaire sent home with your child.
I can share my views about health.
Emotional health and obesity are our two main health targets to further our healthy schools status and the questions are linked to these areas. They include:
- Are you happy at school?
- What do you enjoy most about playtimes and lunchtimes?
Please support your child to complete the health questionnaire in order to find out their views on some of our key health issues at school. This should be returned to your class teacher by Wednesday 25 June.
13 June 2014
This week’s homework is talk time and is due Wednesday 18 June:
What makes a good team player?
As we’re learning all about the Tour de France, it’s a great opportunity to discuss sportsmanship and what makes one person a better team player than another. The children all know it’s important to work as a team whether they’re in the classroom or outside as part of a sports team.
The children have been given a worksheet to accompany this talk time homework which will give your discussion some clear focus.