It’s the half-term holidays…
…and so there’s no specific homework next week. This is in-line with our Homework Policy.
During the half-term, please encourage your child to read each day, even if just for 15 minutes. As well as their current book, reading comics, newspapers, websites are all good – and why not take a trip to the library!
It would also be really helpful to help your child brush up on their times tables. Children in Year 2 should know x2, x5 and x10 (and the related division facts) by the end of the year – so give them a head start now! By the end of Year 4, children should know all their tables up to 12 x 12 (and the related division facts).
And make sure they enjoy the break, too: perhaps an autumn walk, a day out, a trip to the cinema… There are lots of things going on in Leeds – check them out.
Whatever you get up to, we’re looking forward to seeing you again on Monday 30 October.
13 October 2017
For all children in Year 1 – Year 6, the homework this week is talk time and is due in on Wednesday 18 October. There are two options:
- 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 at Moortown Primary are encouraged to take an active part in pupil voice.
Elections for our new school council will take place on Thursday 19 October with our polling station and ballot boxes at the ready. Candidates will have the opportunity to give their election speech to their class on Wednesday 18 October or Thursday 19 October.
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 then you should consider the importance of voting.
06 October 2017
This week’s homework is Creative and is due in on Thursday 12 October:
I can use coordinates or addition to solve problems.
Children have been learning about both coordinates and addition in class recently. They have come up with lots of ideas already for what they might do for this homework – there are lots of reasons why you might need addition in real life and coordinates is fun to learn about.
Children’s ideas included:
- a treasure map with symbols, keys and coordinates
- board games
- Velcro coordinates
- magnetic addition puzzles
It’s time to get creative and show maths in action!
We’re learning our 7 times tables this week.
29 September 2017
This week’s homework is Practice Makes Perfect and is due in on Thursday 5 October:
I can show what I have learnt in maths.
Children been given a sheet of questions which revises learning which we’ve done in class over the last few weeks. If there are any questions, children should come and see us for help before the date it’s due in – we like helping!
We’re improving our 6 times tables this week.
22 September 2017
This week’s homework is Talk Time and is due in on Thursday 28 September:
I can learn at least five new words to use in my writing.
Children should discuss a variety of words with adults that would be impressive ones for them to use in writing.
- discuss the meanings of words (‘Bizarre means very strange or unusual.’)
- use them in a variety of sentences (‘The man had a bizarre haircut.’)
- think about a situation where the word wouldn’t be appropriate. (‘I wouldn’t use bizarre for anything that looks like I’d expect it to.’)
- make sure the words are ones that are used in lots of situations (bizarre can be used to describe anything strange so is a good choice, but chancellor is only ever use when you’re talking about an important person in state/government and rhododendron is only ever going to be useful to talk about the plant)
We’re expecting children to write examples of these words used in sentences in their homework books. They should be able to use these words in the next couple of weeks as we write various descriptions.
15 September 2017
This week’s homework is Creative and is due in on Thursday 21 September:
I can show what I think it would be like to be Robinson Crusoe.
This homework is designed to whet children’s appetite for our new class novel, which we’ll be starting to read next week.
Robinson Crusoe was a man who was shipwrecked on a desert island. For this homework, we want children to imagine they’ve been shipwrecked with no technology, just some basic tools.
- What would they do first?
- What would they need?
- How would they survive?
- How would they try and contact home or get off the island?
We’re hoping for lists, diagrams, drawings, comic strips or other creative ideas to share children’s ideas. They could also do some research and find out about the book!
We’ll be learning our four times tables this week.
08 September 2017
This week’s homework is Talktime and is due on Thursday 14th September:
I can discuss what I’m looking forward to this year and how to improve my learning.
Children have been asked to reflect on the year ahead and discuss it with adults at home. Some talking points might be:
- What parts of the year are they excited about?
- Are there any events that they like every year?
- What subjects are they looking forward to learning about most?
- What do they know they need to work hard at to improve?
- What will they do to learn even better this year?
As always with Talktime homework, we recommend turn off the TV, computers, tablets, radios and phones, getting a comfy seat and a few adults around before starting the discussion. It’s useful for adults to demonstrate sophisticated language during these talks, so that children can use similar words themselves.
We are practising the three times tables this week. Hopefully, most children will feel confident with this already, so they should concentrate on increasing their speed and making sure they know the division facts too.
For example, if we know 12 x 3 = 36, we should know 3 x 12 = 36, 36 ÷ 3 = 12 and 36 ÷ 12 = 3.
07 July 2017
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.
Please support your child to complete the health questionnaire by discussing these issues.
The questionnaire should be returned to your class teacher by Thursday 13 July.
30 June 2017
This week’s homework is Creative: I can show what I know about light.
Some helpful ideas:
- a presentation about shadows and reflections
- a light quiz
- light vocabulary word search
- your own shadow puppets
- measure your shadow throughout the day and record the data
- create stained glass artwork
- make your own lighthouse
23 June 2017
This week’s homework is Talk Time and is due in on Thursday 29th June:
How do disasters affect people and places?
Through our Extreme Earth topic, we have discussed in class that impact natural disasters have on people and places. We have also learnt about the long term and short term effects a natural disaster can have.
This week, discuss how natural disasters or other current disasters in the news affect people and places.