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.
28 June 2019
This week’s homework is Creative:
I can calculate using the four operations (add, subtract, multiply and divide)
Children have been asked to be imaginative in how they show that they can calculate. Some ideas were discussed in class:
- top tips posters of how to add, subtract, multiply and divide
- a video explaining calculations
- a rap of how to add
- a game to play, including explanations of word problem
21 June 2019
This week’s homework is Creative and is due in on Thursday 27 June:
What environmental problems does the world face today?
Children have been learning about environmental issues in class. This homework lets children explore other aspects of looking after our planet with adults at home.
Due to a mix up on our school trip to Whitby, some children have done this homework already and instead will do the whole school homework from June 7th: I can illustrate a moral choice.
14 June 2019
This week’s whole school homework involves completing the pupil health questionnaire sent home with your child/children.
I can share my views about health.
Pupil voice is an important part of our school and this annual questionnaire provides pupil views on some of our key health issues. These views can help us to become happier and healthier.
Please support your child to complete the health questionnaire by discussing these issues and add your own comment at the end.
The completed questionnaire should be returned to your class teacher by Thursday 20 June.
Friday 07 June 2019
Friday 07 June 2019
This week, the whole school has the same Creative homework: I can illustrate a moral choice.
A moral choice is committing to act for what you believe is right and good. As responsible citizens, we have a duty to ensure that we, and others, act on what we think is correct. This homework, which links to our on-going living and learning work, will help children to further understand this.
As this is a creative homework we look forward to receiving a range of responses. Children should think about something they feel passionate about and illustrate this however they see fit.
- create a piece of art that shows the choice
- write a news report about someone making a moral choice
- find a key person from history and explain how, and why, they made a moral choice
- create a short piece of drama to show the choice being made.
This homework should be completed by Thursday 13 June 2019.
Friday 17 May 2019
This week, the whole school has the same Creative homework: I can show what I know about a particular job.
This homework is in preparation for our themed week which is next week. Throughout the week, we’ll focus on money. One aspect of this is how money is earned. Obviously, our children are a little young to be earning money but it is really important that they have aspirations.
For their homework this week, children should decide on a job (maybe one they want to do or one that a family member has) and find out some useful information about the profession: what a ‘normal’ day looks like, how much you can earn, what qualifications/experience you need, etc.
Children could respond to this creative homework in a range of ways:
- Create a poster
- Make a ‘project board’
- Re-create a ‘day in the life of…’ and document this in pictures
- Make a presentation
- Compare a few different jobs
- Devise a short play to show their peers what the job involves
- Research the salary and decide how they might spend their money
- Write a job application
Of course, there are many other ways in which children could respond. Children should be ready to celebrate their learning as part of their homework review by Friday 24 May 2019.
03 May 2019
Our homework this week is Practice Makes Perfect, and because we’re on residential on Thursday, it’s due a day earlier than usual on Wednesday 8th May:
I can show what I remember about calculations.
Children have been given a range of calculations to complete using the strategies that we’ve taught in class, including columns, bus stop and number lines. They must show their working out on the sheets and have been asked to do this in pencil, if possible.