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.
05 January 2018
This week’s homework is Practice Makes Perfect and is due in on Thursday 11 January:
I can describe my ideal imaginary friend.
Your task is to write a description of your dream imaginary friend, inspired by our current class picture book, Imaginary Fred. Our ideas in class were to describe:
- their personality
- their appearance
- their hobbies
- how they act
- what they might wear
You could make your description interesting by using:
- varied punctuation
- exciting vocabulary
- different sentence openers
- varied sentence lengths
If you need any help, come in and see us before the due date!
08 December 2017
The homework this week is creative and should be returned to class by Thursday 14 December.
The children are invited to respond to something from either a cultural or spiritual perspective.
I can show what I know and think about something cultural.
We’d like children to present their responses about a recent book they’ve read, film they’ve watched, piece of art they’ve looked at, piece of music they’ve listened to – anything cultural in fact.
We’re interested to read some sort of description (a summary, for example) and then your child’s opinions. This review might include pictures, an interview (your child could write a fictional script between himself/herself and the artist, for example), 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 I know about a festival.
Over the course of this term, some children in school will have celebrated a religious festival of some sort. This might have been
- the Muslim festival of Eid ul Adha
- the Sikh and Hindu festival Diwali
- the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, coming up in December
- the Christian festival (of course, celebrated by many non-Christians) of Christmas
- and the Chinese New Year festival which next year will be in February
There are lots of other festivals and celebrations which you and your child together might want to reflect on. You can research more festivals.
We invite children to respond to the sentence above – they might include a recount (like a diary entry), pictures, an interview (perhaps in a script). Your child might also choose to research a completely unknown festival, or they might even think about creating a brand new festival, one that everyone will celebrate.
01 December 2017
This week’s homework is Practice Makes Perfect and is due on Thursday 7 December:
I understand word classes.
Children have been given a worksheet of questions about different types of words that they’re learnt about this term.
24 November 2017
For all children in Year 1 – Year 6, the homework this week is creative and is due in on Thursday 30 November.
Following our whole school themed week this week, Who do you think you are?, children should consider the following statement by showing what they have learnt.
I know what community is.
As a guide, children could think about these aspects.
- What is community?
- Where is their community? Children could consider their school community to local community to wider community. Moortown Community Group has lots of information about our local community.
- Who is in their community? Children could consider visits/visitors during our themed week.
- Why is community important? Children could consider the terms ‘identity’ and ‘diversity’ discussed during our themed week.
- How can we be a good citizen in our community?
This could be done in any creative way.
- A story
- A poem
- A map
- A comic strip
- An advert
- An interview
- A game
- A model
…or any other creative ideas!
17 November 2017
For all children in Year 1 to Year 6, the homework this week is Talk Time and will be discussed in class on Thursday 23 November:
Which charity should our school support?
Next week, we will focus on identity, diversity and community in our Who do you think you are? themed week. As part of this week, children will think about our school charity. Currently, we support Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Leeds Mind. A previous School Council selected these because they wanted to help people, support a mental health charity and wanted to help local and regional charities. They were chosen because pupils passed on to School Councillors very clear and strong arguments.
We’ve helped these charities for two years now, so it’s time for a change. We need you to have a discussion at home about which charity would be best for us to support. We will now support one charity for one year. Each class will discuss this and then the councillors will bring the views and ideas together to decide on the charities.
Once your child has decided on a charity, make sure they have clear, powerful reasons to support their views.
You might want to discuss whether we support…
- a local charity
- a children’s charity
- a charity which helps a vulnerable group in our community
- should we ensure the new charities are very different to the current ones or previous ones?
- should we need to have charities at all?
- if your child was to set up a new charity, what would (s)he choose, and (as always) why?
10 November 2017
This week’s homework is Talk Time and is due in on Thursday 16 November:
I know how we’re the same and different.
Children have begun discussing this in class and have thought about how we’re different in lots of ways, as well as our similarities. We’re expecting notes on what is discussed at home.
We’re learning our 7 times tables this week.