23 March 2018
This week’s homework iscreative and is due in on Thursday 29 March:
I can show what I know and want to know about electricity.
We’re going to be learning all about electricity in a mini-topic after the Easter holidays, so this homework is a chance for children to influence what we plan to cover! We’d love to see what children know already too.
- facts that children know
- examples of electrical things around the home and outside
- build something electrical (under supervision to make sure they’re safe!)
- questions about how things work
- questions about electricity
We’re revising all our times tables this week.
16 March 2018
This week, our homework is Talk Time: What is beauty?
Children should discuss this question with someone at home.
In class this week, we’ve had a lesson about body image. We discussed that:
- beauty has different meanings
- there are different ways the media changes beauty
Talk about how beauty is in the ‘eye of the beholder’ and that what is beautiful to one person may be very different for another. Can your child explain what ‘media’ is and why physical appearance is altered for advertising purposes? Are children aware of the negative consequences that photo shopping or air brushing may have on young people?
We’ll discuss this as a class as part of our homework review.
09 March 2017
This week, our homework is Practice Makes Perfect:
I can find fractions of amounts.
Children have been given a sheet of questions to answer using the understanding of fractions that they’ve gained this week in maths lessons.
02 March 2018
This week, the whole school has the same creative homework which is due in on Thursday 08 March:
I can show what I love about reading.
We wanted this homework to link to World Book Day, which unfortunately didn’t go quite as planned because of the snow yesterday. We still think it’s important as we still love reading!
Children should express their love of reading in imaginative ways. It doesn’t just have to be story books – we want children to enjoy a range of reading from newspapers and poetry to fact books and graphic novels. Some ideas include:
- an interview with your favourite author
- a character biography or fact file
- tables and graphs to show the results of a reading survey that you’ve done of friends and family
- book cover art, including a blurb
- a book review or recommendation
- write a page of a sequel to your favourite book
- amazing facts that you’ve learnt while reading
- a drawing with labels of an incredible setting in your favourite text
- a labelled photo of you dressing up as your favourite villain from something you’ve read
We look forward to seeing what children come up with!
23 February 2018
This week’s homework is Talk Time and is due in on Thursday 01 March:
Discuss this moral issue:
Are zoos or circuses with animals cruel?
We have discussed that ‘morals’ are ideas to do with what’s right and what’s wrong, good and bad. Children should make notes in their books about the discussions they have at home and will debate the issue in class.
Some people will have different opinions on this topic, so we will make sure that children know how to disagree politely with others, how to build on other people’s points of view and how to reference other arguments when making your own view known.
02 February 2018
This week’s homework is Talk Time and is due in on Thursday 08 February:
Which animal is best? Be ready to defend your choice!
Children are learning lots about animals in class: predators, prey, habitats, classification…LOADS! Now we’d like them to come to class ready to explain lots about their chosen creature and explain why it’s their favourite.
Top tips for this homework:
- Discuss with several different people to hear their opinions
- Have lots of reasons, not just one.
- Think about why people might not be a fan, and be ready to convince them they’re wrong.
- Use the correct vocabulary.
26 January 2018
This week’s homework is Creative and is due in on Thursday 01 February.
I can show what I’ve learnt about habitats or food chains.
Children have been learning about food chains and habitats as part of their Life Forces topic. We had a fantastic visitor in to help us understand habitats more as well.
Some simple ideas that won’t take longer than 45 minutes to an hour:
- Write, draw and label some food chains (remember producers, primary consumers, secondary consumers, tertiary consumers, predators and prey!)
- Write draw and label a food web (more complex, but still using the same vocab)
- Draw a habitat and the creatures living within it
- Create acrostic poems to show what animals live in which habitats
We’ve been really impressed by the homework this week, with children putting an enormous effort in. Well done, Y4!
Some in the class have obviously spent a lot of time creating their homework. We love that so many children feel proud of what they have brought in, but don’t want children or parents to feel pressured into always spending ages on their homework. You can be just as proud of something simple that took half an hour as of something that takes longer.
Simple, time effective ideas for creative homework are always discussed in class and include:
- labelled diagrams
- comic strips
- word searches
- fact files
That said, please don’t stop doing more creative ones! Just don’t feel like it has to be every week.
Our homework guide suggests that…
“It should take a minimum of around 30-40 minutes, possibly carried out over a few days. Parents’ comments in the homework books are welcome.”
Please also note that Talk Time homework should simply have notes made during your discussions at home and a comment from an adult.
19 January 2018
The homework this week is Talk Time and will be discussed in class on Thursday 25 January.
What is a safe risk?
This is in preparation for next week’s Living and Learning theme: I am aware of risks. Being aware of risks and being able to assess the degree of risk is a crucial skill for living independently and safely.
12 January 2018
This week’s homework is Creative and is due in on Thursday 18 January:
I can show what I know about fossils and rocks.
We’ve found out about how fossils are formed, different types of rocks, what they’re used for and why, and how to classify them. Now children must prove their understanding.
We’re practising our 8 times tables this week.