6 June 2014
This week’s homework is creative(ish) and is due Wednesday 11 June.
I can research a cyclist from the Tour de France.
The homework requires your child to complete a mini-research project on a well-known cyclist from the Tour de France. Your child has been given a booklet with certain information they must find out. Encourage your child to look in newspapers, magazines or online to investigate the life of their chosen cyclist.
The research your child uncovers will help inform next week’s Literacy lessons.
16 May 2014
This week’s homework is talk time and is due Wednesday 21 May:
I can tell the truth and say sorry if I need to.
The homework focusses on our SEAL statement for the week. Talk with your child about occasions when they’ve said sorry and how they felt. You might also want to talk about an occasion when your child has been apologised to.
09 May 2014
This week the homework is creative and is due Wednesday 14 May:
I can design my own pirate flag.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve spent some time learning about pirates. The homework allows your child to design their very own flag, so they should design their flag with an enemy in mind. They must be able to justify why their flag is designed the way they choose it to be. Flag designs could use a range of media, photographs or be made from textiles…be creative!
02 May 2014
This week’s homework is practice makes perfect and is due in on Wednesday 07 May.
I can answer questions about a text.
I’d like the children to carefully read the text they have been given and answer the questions – this will test their comprehension skills as well as reading. This is a great way to ensure your child is understanding what they’re reading whilst building on skills we’ve learnt throughout the year so far.
25 April 2014
The homework this week is creative and is due in on Wednesday 30 April.
I can show what I have learnt about permeable and impermeable materials.
Permeable materials allow gases or liquids through them and impermeable materials do not.
We’ve been learning about rocks and fossils in our topic lessons this week. Yesterday, we classified rocks according to different criteria and one of the tests we did was whether the rocks were permeable or impermeable to water.
The children are tasked with finding some materials around the home which are permeable or impermeable to water (or gas) and should be able to say why it is necessary that those materials are either permeable or impermeable. For example, a permeable cup wouldn’t be very useful as it would let all the liquid through it.
It’s the Easter holidays…
…so we have no set homework or spellings, in line with our Homework Policy.
That doesn’t mean we expect your child not to be developing their skills in reading, writing and maths!
Your child should be reading daily – this could be fiction, factual books, a comic or newspaper, and could include being read to at bedtime, too.
It would be good to practise basic skills in writing by writing a letter or email to a relative, perhaps recounting a day-trip or reviewing a film your child watched.
We’re finding quite a few children are ‘squashing their sentences’ such as I went to Leeds City Museum it was really interesting which is wrong. It would be much better with punctuation to separate or a word to join:
- I went to Leeds City Museum. It was really interesting. (A comma isn’t strong enough to separate two sentences.)
- I went to Leeds City Museum – it was really interesting.
- I went to Leeds City Museum; it was really interesting.
- I went to Leeds City Museum and it was really interesting.
- I went to Leeds City Museum which was really interesting.
Finally, to improve calculation skills, please keep practising mental number facts which your child must know:
- number bonds (two numbers which add up to 10, 20 and 100 eg 3+7, 13+7, 30+70) – these facts should be known by children in Y1 – Y2
- times tables (up to 12×12) and the division facts with your child – children in Y2 should have rapid recall of x2, x 5 and x 10 at least
We know we mention these ‘basics’ a lot, but that’s because they involve practice, practice and more practice – we practise a lot at school, but your child will need to practise at home, too, if they are to truly succeed.
Learn more about current expectations for reading, writing and maths. However, do be aware that a new National Curriculum comes into effect from September, meaning these expectations have been raised and so many aspects of learning now feature in younger age groups.
28 March 2014
The homework this week is talk time and is due in on Wednesday 02 April.
I can talk about my talents.
The SEAL theme at the moment is Good to be me. Everyone has different talents and things that they are good at. Talk to your child about the different talents that you have in your family. Do you share any of the same talents? Are they totally different?
21 March 2014
This week’s homework is creative and is due Thursday 27 March:
I can show what I have learnt about Animal Kingdom.
This week has been the last of our Big Topic: Animal Kingdom. Throughout the topic we’ve had visits from a range of animals, a trip to Dogs Trust as well as hatching our own chickens! On top of all this, we also wrote kenning poems and reports about animals and researched climates of habitats and life expectancy of animals. Therefore, children are to show their learning of this topic in a creative way. Ideas could be:
- a quiz
- an annotated diagram of an animal
- drawing a webpage with links to key learning
- a model of an animal habitat
- a recorded documentary about an animal
14 March 2014
The homework this week is practice makes perfect and is due in on Wednesday 19 March.
I can find fractions.
We’ve been learning about fractions this week so this homework is an extension of that learning. All children have a worksheet in their books which they have to complete and hand in. Ask your children what methods they have been using to find the answers to similar problems this week.
Please come and see me if you have any questions.
07 March 2014
For all children in Year 1 – Year 6, the homework this week is creative and is due in on Wednesday 12 March.
I can respond to my reading.
This homework follows the wonderful costumes and learning inspired by World Book Day.
As always, some ways that your children can respond are listed below:
- Write a letter to a character or author.
- Interview a character or author.
- Annotate a page of a novel with words/phrases/sentences/ descriptions that you like and why (top tip: get a photocopy of the page, don’t annotate your actual book!)
- Create a book review.
- Create a comic strip which summarises the story.