24 March 2020: Home learning
Here are today’s home learning tasks.
It’s my favourite historical figure, Boudicca! It’s a straightforward task: read the text and answer the questions.
Children can do Section C as a challenge or write their own questions about the text to test you.
Day 1 – Answers
23 March 2020: Home learning
Hello parents, carers and Y4 children!
I hope you’re all okay. I wanted to email before the first set of learning goes live to give you a bit of information about what to expect.
Structure and Routine
As newly ‘qualified’ teachers, these first days will be a bit of a rollercoaster for you! Hang in there! You’ll be fine. Hopefully, you can get into a routine and find a structure that works for you. I’ve posted the timings of a typical school day below. Sticking to some of the school timings so there’s consistency may help.
|10-10.10||Wake Up Shake Up (or dance around the garden with music blaring out!)|
|12.10-13.10||Lunchtime (they can make their own – we call this Food Technology)|
|13.10-14.10||Fourth lesson (household chores, perhaps)|
|14.10-14.45||Fifth lesson (gardening or naptime)|
|14.45-15.15||Assembly/Reading class novel|
- Each day there will be three tasks: a reading task, a maths one, and a science / topic / writing task.
- These tasks will ‘go live’ at 9AM each morning on the Y4 Homework page of the school website.
- The tasks will not include any new learning. Instead they will consolidate learning that has happened during Year 4 with some challenge questions to apply or use the learning in a different way.
- The tasks should take between 30-40 minutes.
- Answers (where appropriate) will be posted with the following day’s new tasks.
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org about any of the learning tasks. I’ll aim to reply on the same day and no later than the following morning. To keep this manageable, please restrict emails to one per day, per child.
Class News Posts
It would be great if you emailed some photos of the children learning at home – either the school learning tasks or other learning or fun you’re having. I’ll post some of these on the Class News section of the website each week so that you can all see what each other are up to and it might make us feel a little less isolated. If you want to send photos but don’t want your child’s image used on the website, let me know.
Best of luck to you all.
ps. Feel free to give out some Cool Class Tokens if your child is doing some great learning, or, conversely, feel free to give out warnings if they’re not following the school/home rules!
20 March 2020
This week, the whole school has the same Talk Time homework: I can pay and receive compliments to/from people outside of school.
This homework, which links to our recent living and learning statement, is an opportunity for children to discuss the benefits of paying compliments to people. Here are some questions that might shape your discussion:
- How does paying a compliment make you feel?
- How does receiving a compliment make you feel?
- Why is it important to be sensible when paying or receiving compliments?
- Can you compliment people too much?
- Is it ok to compliment a stranger? Is this safe?
Children should be ready to discuss what they’ve talked about at home by Thursday 26 March 2020. It would be even better if children were able to talk confidently about times when they have given, or received, a compliment.
13 March 2020
Our homework this week is Creative: I can show my talents.
All of the children in our school are blessed with an array of talents. This week, our homework, which links to our living and learning statement (I can recognise my talents), gives our children the opportunity to celebrate and share their talents. Children should respond creatively and be ready to show off their talents to their peers as part of their homework review. They could do this in a range of ways:
create a short performance to show to the class
film themselves showing off their talent
make a collage of their many talents
produce a piece of art to show off their talents
There are, of course, many other ways that children could respond. Children should be ready to show off their talents by Thursday 19 March 2020.
28 February 2020
This week, our homework is Creative and is helping us to celebrate World Book Day next week.
I can show what I love about reading.
Children could come up with their own ideas for how to show this, or ideas might include:
- create a labelled diagram of the perfect place to read in
- write a book review
- draw and label/describe a character from your favourite book
- write a letter to an author telling them how much you loved reading their book
- write a one minute speech on your favourite book, persuading others to read it – consider what the most exciting parts are, which characters you love or you love to hate, who might enjoy reading it next and why
Be as creative as you like.
This homework will be celebrated in our weekly homework review on World Book Day itself, 5 March 2020.
07 February 2020
This week, the whole school has the same creative homework, which is due in on Thursday 13 February 2020.
I can show different ways to stay safe, including online.
This week, linked to our Living & Learning, we have been thinking about how to make safe choices, including online. There are many ways, and many different situations, in which we need to keep safe: at home, at school, in our environment and online.
Children should think about the situations where they need to keep safe and who might help them to stay safe. This could be done in any creative way:
- A story
- A poem
- A comic strip
- An advert
- An interview
- A game
…or any other creative ideas!
The homework will be reviewed as part of our weekly homework review.
31 January 2020
This week’s homework is Practice Makes Perfect and will be marked as a class on Friday 7 February.
I can divide.
In Year 4, children are expected to be able to:
- divide a 2 digit number by a 1 digit number
- divide a 2 digit number by a 1 digit number when there are remainders
- divide a 3 digit number by a 1 digit number
- divide a 3 digit number by a 1 digit number when there are remainders
Your child has homework which practises a skill they have become confident with in class first and then moves on to newer learning that they’re less secure on. We’ve used the ‘bus stop’ method of division which you can check on our website using our calculations video for division.
24 January 2020
This week, the whole school has the same Talk Time homework: What is a drug?
This homework, which links to our Living and Learning statement, is a first step in children becoming aware of drugs. There are a few key points you may wish to talk about at home. Children need to be aware that some drugs are helpful, some are harmful, some are legal, some are illegal. Don’t forget to consider that even the legal or helpful ones can be harmful.
Below are some question prompts that could help shape your discussion…
- What is a good definition for a drug?
- What is a drug? What is not a drug?
- Are all drugs bad?
- Why might some people need to take medicines?
- Who can prescribe medicine?
- Who should administer medicine?
- What should you do if you find some medicine?
- Should you take medicine that isn’t yours?
Children should be prepared to discuss what they’ve talked about at home during our homework review next week. This homework should be completed by Thursday 30 January.
17 January 2020
This week, the whole school has the same Creative homework:
I can show different ways to make things better.
This homework, which is due on Thursday 24 January, is an opportunity for children to reflect on our living & learning statement for this week: I can make things better.
Children should think about ways to make things better in a variety of different situations and contexts:
- in class
- in a friendship group
- at playtimes
- at home
- with siblings
- out and about (countryside, park)
- the wider environment (recycling)
You could consider…
- Why should we try and make things better?
- How do we do this?
- When should we apologise?
- What is the effect it has on others around us when we make things better?
- Older children might want to consider the benefits of restorative justice.
Don’t forget to be creative! Produce a report or diary; capture photos of making things better; create rules for better games at play times; make a poster about how to say sorry; or, think of your own creative response.
This homework will be celebrated in our weekly homework review.