16 November 2012
The homework this week is Talk Time and is due in Wednesday 21 November.
I can talk about different ways to get on with my friends.
Our current SEAL theme is getting on. We’ve been learning about how to manage our feelings as well as learning to understand the feelings of others. Have a discussion with your family about all the ways you can get on with friends in and out of school.
Get your child justify their thoughts by using conjunctions like because or as.
09 November 2012
Homework this week is creative. It’s the first of three homework tasks this year when we invite children to respond to something from a cultural or spiritual perspective (we’re going to time these so they fall close to religious festivals, from Eid to Easter).
I can respond to a book I’ve recently read.
This week, we’d like children to present their responses about a recent book they’ve read. We’re interested to hear your child’s opinions and any connections they might have made between the book and their own life. This book review might include pictures, an interview (you could write a fictional script between an interviewer and a character), 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 Eid or Diwali means to me and my community.
Just before the half-term, some children in school will have celebrated the Muslim festival of Eid. Next week, some children in school will celebrate the Sikh and Hindu festival Diwali. We invite those children to respond to the sentence above – they might include a recount (like a diary entry), pictures, an interview (perhaps in a script).
It’s the half-term break…
…so there’s no homework this week.
Please make sure your child continues to read lots and be read to – this is always the most valuable activity you can do at home to help learning.
Why not put some Maths into practice too: play a board game, bake something, create some mathematical art…
19 October 2012
The homework this week is Talk Time and is due in on 24 October.
Should households have more than one car? Discuss.
We want you to discuss with your child the different factors involved with having more than one car. In addition, we’d also like you to discuss the differences between need and want as well as looking at the effect cars have on the evironment. Encourage your child to use words and phrases such as:
- On the other hand,
12 October 2012
The homework this week is talk time and is due in on Wednesday 17 October.
I can talk to somebody about what transport was like when they were a child
Talk to adults at home about their experiences of transport when they were children. If possible, ask grandparents and older family members as well. The older the better!
Question prompts could be:
- How did you get to school?
- Did you go on holiday and how did you get there?
- How has transport changed?
- What was your first car?
- How have the roads changed?
05 October 2012
The homework this week is Creative and is due in Wednesday 10 October.
I can show what I know about transport.
As you all know, our new topic is All Aboard! To launch this topic we would like you to show us everything you already know about transport. You can be as creative as you like. Kacy wowed us all last week with her jelly brain. See if you can top that! As always, you can be as creative as you like, but if you’re struggling why not try:
- a photo collage of different types of transport
- a PowerPoint presentation
- a comic strip
- a podcast
28 September 2012
This week we are asking you to think about this statement:
I know what makes a healthy brain.
This is creative homework and is due in on Wednesday 03 October 2012.
You could produce:
- • some art work
- • some poetry
- • a poster
- • a rap
- • your own creative idea
21 September 2012
The homework this work is talk time and is due in on Wednesday 26 September.
I know three interesting facts about myself.
We would like to find out more about the children and their interests so children should talk to people at home and decide on three interesting facts about themselves. We’ll then discuss them in class and we’ll find out a bit more about each other!
07 September 2012
The homework this week is talk time and is due in on Wednesday 12 September.
I can think of ways to save water at home.
Our first mini-topic of the year is about water. We have talked about how some people do not have easy access to clean water like we do in this country. We have also discussed how we still need to save water where we can and looked at some ways we could do this at school. Now the children have to think about how they can do this at home.
Top tips for talk time homework:
- Turn the telly off!
- Sit around the dining table and talk through the different views whilst having a meal.
- Have a chat and share opinions and ideas! Children should talk with family, friends and each other.
(Your child might want to make some notes in their Homework Books – although they don’t need to, this might help them when we have a discussion about the topic back in the classroom.)
It’s the summer
Yes, believe it or not, the summer holidays begin on Friday, despite somewhat autumnal (ok: downright dismal) weather.
During the holidays, research shows that many children’s key skills can regress – this makes rapid progress in the autumn back at school hard. It’s important to make sure your child spends time reading, and try to include daily opportunities to do some writing and number work – things like sending a postcard to someone (look out for our postcard competition – more details soon) and working out some ticket prices and journey times.
As many teachers at Moortown Primary noted in children’s annual reports, your child may need a bit more than this if they need to keep up-to-speed with times tables and spellings – spend just five minutes on each every day to really help your child.
Of course, holidays should be as happy and as healthy as possible, whatever the weather. A useful starting point to planning a few days out or activities in Leeds is Breeze.
Another interesting and familiar idea crossed my mind recently as I read a Sunday paper: the writer and child psychologist Sue Palmer comments: “Every child will make a den given a chance; their evolutionary roots are still very strong. Sitting down watching someone else do it on television is no substitute.” You can buy some exciting kit to support this (I like the Ultimate Dangerous Den Kit, but less so the price), but there’s something even more exciting (and cheaper) by getting creative with cardboard boxes and blankets!
Whatever you and your child get up to, enjoy the break, and see you on Tuesday 04 September (or sometime in the week beginning 17 September if your child is starting in Reception).