Friday 22 November 2019
This week, the whole school has the same Talk Time homework: Which charity should our school support?
Next week, a charity will be decided for us to support for the year ahead – for example, when we have a performance, we’ll collect money for this particular charity. What charity does your child think we should support?
You could talk about:
- what a charity is
- why charities are important
- what sort of work they do
- charities that have meaning to your family, to school or the community
- national and international charities and their work
Next week, each class will vote (because in our school we make democratic decisions) for the charity they would like to support to form a shortlist. Then, our recently elected School Council will decide which charity we will support for the next year.
08 November 2019
This week’s homework is Talk Time and will be discussed on Thursday 14 November.
I know how to STOP bullying.
At home discuss what bullying is.
- Can your child tell you what STOP means?
- Does your child know the difference between being mean and bullying?
- Do they know what to do if they think they, or someone else, is being bullied?
Next week is Anti-Bullying Week so see whether bullying is being discussed elsewhere too. Maybe it’s on Newsround or in First News – see what they’re saying about it too.
18 October 2019
This week’s homework is Practice Makes Perfect and is due on Thursday 24 October.
I can solve addition problems.
Having worked on addition for the last week or two, they children have some calculations and problems to complete independently at home. We’ve talked about deciding when to solve a calculation mentally and when to use a written method. Children can solve the problems however they choose but they should show their working on the sheet.
Take a look at what addition your child is solving now they’re in Year 4 and ask them about the different ways questions are presented.
Friday 11 October 2019
Friday 11 October 2019
This week, the whole school has the same Talk Time homework. In preparation for the upcoming School Council elections, children should complete one of the following tasks:
- I can prepare a speech (School Council elections).
- I know the importance of voting.
It’s time for children to consider if they would like to stand for election for our new School Council. With two representatives from each class chosen democratically by their peers, all children are encouraged to take an active part in pupil voice.
Elections for our new school council will take place on Thursday 24 October with our polling station and ballot boxes at the ready. Candidates will have the opportunity to give their election speech in class to their peers.
What makes a good school councillor has been considered by our current school council.
- ‘use all the 8 Rs for learning’
- ‘be respectful’
- ‘help others’
- ‘be a good speaker and listener (to members of your class and in the meetings)’
- ‘tell the truth’
- ‘be confident with your ideas’
- ‘accept the views of others even if you don’t agree’
- ‘be friendly and approachable’
- ‘make good choices in class and around school’
Hints for your speech include:
- What skills and abilities would a good school councillor have?
- What are you particularly good at that would help you to be a great school councillor?
- What do you think would make the school better?
- What could you do that people would really like?
- Think of things that are realistic, maybe that you could do yourself, rather than having to ask other people to do.
Thank you to our current school councillors for all their ideas and contributions. We hope you have enjoyed this role and responsibility. You’re welcome to stand again for election.
Good luck to all children who decide to stand in the elections.
If you choose not to stand in the election, you should instead consider the importance of voting.
04 October 2019
This week’s homework is Talk Time and is due on Thursday 10 October.
Is it ok to cut down trees to build more houses?
Around the dinner table, in the car, over breakfast or before bed, see what different people in your family think about cutting down trees to build more houses. Let other people know your opinions and see whether you can come up with some strong arguments to back your opinion up.
In your homework book, note down some key bullet points from your discussion so that we can discuss this together in class.
Friday 27 September 2019
This week, the whole school has the same Creative homework: I can see maths all around me.
Maths is all around us. But, how often do we appreciate this? This homework is all about spotting maths in our everyday lives and we’re exposed to it more than we realise sometimes. We’d like to children to find some examples of maths from their everyday lives and show these creatively. There are many examples of maths in the world around us but here are a few examples:
- travel, TV or film timetables
- measuring ingredients
- finding examples of shapes in buildings
- counting out objects
- spending money when shopping
- distances on road signs
- %s in sales
- cutting food into the correct amount of slices or pieces
Children should be ready to celebrate their learning in our weekly homework review in class by Thursday 03 October 2019.
Please note: this homework should take no longer than 30 minutes.
20 September 2019
This week, homework is Talk Time and is due in on Thursday 26 September.
Talk Time: I can discuss my tree house design.
Throughout our weekly sessions in Topic this term, we’ve been following the design process in anticipation of the pupils creating their own miniature tree house. So far we’ve researched tree houses, and drawn an annotated sketch of our initial designs. We’re now asking them to think about how they plan to achieve their design and consider the materials they’re going to use.
- Ask them about their success criteria and how they’re going to achieve it.
- Ask them where they’re going to put to build their platform / entry and exit point / team flag
- Ask what they’ve chosen out of the optional elements of the success criteria (a swing/slide/walls/roof/bridge/rope ladder/more than one platform)
- Ask them what they’re going to use to build each element of their design
- Ask them how they’re going to attach each element of their design to their mini tree (blutac / clips /string / elastic bands / glue)
- Ask them if there’s any materials they could bring in from home and re-purpose for their tree house
- Ask them how they’re going to stiffen and strengthen their structures
- Ask them if there was anything they saw from the trip to Go Ape that they want to use in their own tree house design
As usual, we ask that your child makes brief notes on what they discussed at home in their homework book ready to discuss on Thursday 29 September.
13 September 2019
This week’s homework is creative: I know what a good learner looks like.
This homework links to our Living and Learning 8 Rs, listed below, and it asks your child to consider what a good learner looks like within the classroom.
- I can show I am ready to learn.
- I take responsibility for my own learning.
- I take a safe risk.
- I am resilient.
- I respond to feedback.
- I am resourceful.
- I remember.
- I reflect about my learning.
We discussed a number of creative options for your child to show what this looks like. Here are a few suggestions:
- an annotated sketch
- a poster or guide to being a great learner
- a poem
- a short video
This homework is due in on Thursday 19 September.
06 September 2019
This week’s homework is Practice Makes Perfect and is due on Thursday 12 September.
I can read Roman numerals (up to 100).
The children have written the key facts for Roman numerals in their homework books and should practise this skill for their homework. Some children have chosen to take a worksheet to practise on. Some haven’t taken a worksheet as they’ve really enjoyed this learning and so can try and be creative in their practice.
Here’s what we learnt to do and a few suggestions of what their practice could look like:
We know how to:
- Write numbers up to 100 as Roman numerals.
For example, 37 = XXXVII, 54 = LIV, 42 = XLII, 91 = XCI
- Write Roman numerals up to 100 as numbers.
For example, XXVII = 27, XLI = 41, LXXXI = 81
- Solve calculations represented as Roman numerals.
For example, XVII + LXI = 78 (LXXVIII)
Your child could:
- Complete the worksheet from school.
- Write the ages of everyone in their family in Roman numerals.
- Convert these Roman numerals into numbers: LXII, XXXVIII, XLV, LXXIII, XCV, XXIV, LIX
- Create calculations written as Roman numerals (with the answers worked out).
- Write some information about themselves but with any numbers written as Roman numerals.
Friday 05 July 2019
This week, the whole school has the same Creative homework: I can illustrate happy and healthy choices.
This homework links to our weekly living and learning statement and is something we talk about a lot in our school. Can you encourage your child to make a new healthy choice every day this week? Or think about one new healthy change your child can make? Try to help them make sure the choice is a realistic, achievable one, such as avoiding being on an electronic device after a certain time to help sleep, or adding one extra daily portion of vegetables to their diet each day.
As this is a Creative homework, children could respond in a variety of ways:
• Create a blog, video blog or diary to show the changes we’ve made.
• Create a poster convincing others to make a happy and healthy change.
• Make a cartoon strip in which a character makes a happy and healthy change.
• Write a song, poem or rap that will encourage others to make changes.
• Reflect on change they’ve made and how it made them feel.
There are of course lots of other ways to respond, too.
Children should be ready share, and celebrate, their homework in their class by Thursday 11 July 2019.