Year 3 Homework

14 November 2013

Posted on Thursday 14 November 2013 by Mr Owen

This week’s homework is creative

I can create a business idea.

We’re having an Enterprise and Money themed week from Tuesday 19 to Friday 22 November. As part of the theme, we’re holding a competition to see which children can come up with the best business ideas. These ideas should be realistic if possible – a business making aeroplanes wouldn’t be realistic for a child, but selling their car cleaning skills would be.

In their homework books, children must communicate what their idea is and how it would make money.

They should also think about some of the following:

  • Where would they sell it?
  • How much would they charge?
  • What might their costs be?
  • Who might buy their product / service?
  • How or will they advertise / promote their business?

Previous strong business ideas also included a prototype or even references from existing customers!

On Wednesday, children will be asked to share their idea with their class and then they’ll vote for one to represent them in Friday’s ‘Dragons Den’ assembly, where an overall school winner will be crowned.

I can’t wait to hear what the ideas are!

08 November 2013

Posted on Friday 08 November 2013 by Mr Wilks

The homework this week is practice makes perfect and it’s due in on Wednesday 13 November.

To plan a narrative (story) from any genre using ‘OBDER’.

This homework fits in with our literacy learning this week. We have been learning about the types (genre) of story and talking about which ones we prefer. Here’s a list of some of our favourite genres of story:

  • scary/horror
  • fantasy
  • adventure
  • love
  • familiar setting
  • fairy tale
  • humorous

This week, children have to plan a story from a genre of their choice. They have to use OBDER to plan the story. Your child should be able to tell you what OBDER is and how they should plan their story. However, just in case…

We use OBDER to sequence the events in the story:

  • O is for opening
  • B is for build-up
  • D is for dilemma
  • E is for events
  • R is for resolution

We have taught the children to start the plan with the dilemma so that they know where the story is heading. Once they have decided the dilemma, they can then go back to the opening and work through the rest of the sections in order.  Remember, the children aren’t expected to write the story, they are just planning it so each section should just have the main ideas about what will happen and possibly some ambitious vocabulary they want to use in each section or how the character is feeling. We also use DAD to help us when we are planning stories – ask your child about DAD!

 

It’s half-term…

Posted on Saturday 26 October 2013 by Mr Roundtree

…so no specific homework, spellings or tables this week.  It’s a good time to relax and enjoy some time with your children – have you visited the free exhibition of Anthony Browne pictures at Leeds City Museum, for example?

18 October 2013

Posted on Friday 18 October 2013 by Mr Wilks

The homework this week is practice makes perfect and is due in on Wednesday 23 October.

I can solve division problems.

We’ve been learning about division all week so the children have some problems to solve. Ask your child to show you what method they have been taught to use to solve the problems.

 

 

11 October 2013

Posted on Friday 11 October 2013 by Mrs Valentine

This week’s homework is Talk Time and is due in on Wednesday 16 October 2013:

To talk to a member of my family about the house they grew up in.

This is a great opportunity for your child to learn the differences between their upbringing and another family member’s.  Topics of conversation may vary, but could include:

  • location
  • type of house
  • the domestic set-up of the house

Below are the guidance notes taken from the school’s Homework Policy for Talk Time homework:

Talk Time

Teachers have noticed that, in some instances, a lot of time has been taken on the presentation of the Talk Time homework.  Children are welcome to do this although it is not necessary.  The purpose of Talk Time homework is to encourage a conversation around their current learning. Any notes made in their homework book should simply be there to aid them 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.

04 October 2013

Posted on Friday 04 October 2013 by Mrs Valentine

This week’s homework is Practice Makes Perfect: to identify 2D and 3D shapes in the home. It is due in on Wednesday 09 October 2013.

Throughout the week, we have been learning about shapes and investigating their properties. To support and consolidate your child’s learning, they should explore their surroundings and show what they have learnt – this could be photographs, sketches, a table, Venn diagram or Carroll diagram.

Below are the guidance notes taken from the school’s Homework Policy for Practice Makes Perfect homework:

Practice Makes Perfect

This is similar to what you might consider traditional homework:
it may be a worksheet or a writing task (such as Y5’s current homework: 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.

27 September 2013

Posted on Friday 27 September 2013 by Mr Wilks

The homework this week is practice makes perfect and is due in on Wednesday 02 October.

I can show that I know my number bonds.

Good number bond knowledge is really important  and is something that you should be practising with your child at home. This week, all the children have a sheet stuck into their homework book which they need to complete.

 

20 September 2013

Posted on Friday 20 September 2013 by Mr Wilks

The home work this week is talk time and is due in on Wednesday 25 September.

What makes a house a home?

You should explore the important things which make a house a home. Is it material things like the furnishings or the size of the house? Is it the location of the house? Is it the people who live in the house? Is it a combination of all these things?

Below are the guidance notes taken from the school’s Homework Policy for Talk Time homework:

Talk Time

Teachers have noticed that, in some instances, a lot of time has been taken on the presentation of the Talk Time homework. Children are welcome to do this although it is not necessary. The purpose of Talk Time homework is to encourage a conversation around their current learning. Any notes made in their homework book should simply be there to aid them 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.

 

 

13 September 2013

Posted on Saturday 14 September 2013 by Mrs Valentine

This week’s homework is creative and is due in on Wednesday 18 September.

I can show what my dream house would look like.

This week will see the start of our Big Topic: ‘Our House‘. The creative homework is a great opportunity for your child to demonstrate their imagination and flair designing their dream house! They could:

  • write a detailed description
  • produce a collage using a range of materials/photographs
  • draw a bird’s eye plan
  • construct a 3D house using fold-outs
  • sketch a detailed drawing and label it

…or anything else they can think of!

Below are the guidance notes taken from the school’s Homework Policy for Creative homework:

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.  For example, the Y3 and Y4 homework this week is Creative: I can show what I know about food chains.  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!).

 

06 September 2013

Posted on Friday 06 September 2013 by Mr Wilks

The home work this week is Talk Time and is due in on Wednesday 11 September.

I can talk about what I’m going to do at home and at school to make sure I have a successful year.

Below are the guidance notes taken from the school’s Homework Policy for Talk Time homework:

Talk Time

Teachers have noticed that, in some instances, a lot of time has been taken on the presentation of the Talk Time homework. Children are welcome to do this although it is not necessary. The purpose of Talk Time homework is to encourage a conversation around their current learning. Any notes made in their homework book should simply be there to aid them 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.