03 February 2017
For all children in Year 1 – Year 6, the homework this week is talk time and is due in on Wednesday 08 February. 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 09 February 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 08 February.
What makes a good school councillor has been considered by our current school council.
‘Communicating with others – pupils and adults.’
‘Having good listening skills to know what to contribute in meetings.’
‘Thinking of realistic ideas to suggest in meetings.’
‘Considering other people’s views even if you don’t agree with them.’
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 over the last year. 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.
27 January 2017
This week’s homework is Creative.
To research the Vikings.
Year 4 have been given the chance to do some research about a particular period of time prior to learning about it next week.
Get those creative Viking heads on!
21 January 2017
This week’s homework is Practice Makes Perfect.
I can show my understanding of fractions.
Y4 have spent a while learning about fractions and now have a sheet of questions to revise various aspects.
13 January 2017
This week’s homework is Creative.
I can show what I know about solids, liquids and gasses.
In our ‘What’s the matter?’ topic, children have learnt about solids, liquids and gasses and we’d now like them to demonstrate what they’ve learnt.
Here are some ideas:
- an experiment
- a poem
- a rap
- a detail explanation of how solids, liquids and gasses are formed, with diagrams
- ten amazing facts about solids, liquids and gasses that no-one in our class will know
05 January 2017
This week’s homework is Talk Time:
I can discuss how to respond to difficult situations.
Our SEAL theme this half term is ‘Good to be me’ and part of this learning is how to deal with challenges. Children have spent time in class thinking about this already and should now have a conversation at home with adults about mature ways of coping with difficult situations.
As always, notes made by children in their homework books will aid a class-based discussion.
Children have also been assigned two Mathletics activities to do. They both focus on area, which children have been learning about this week.
02 December 2016
The homework this week is talk time and is due in on Thursday 08 December.
I know how the 8 Rs help me to learn.
Children should consider which Rs they do and how they use them. Conversely, they should think about the Rs they could use more an when they might use them. Adults, this may be useful for you too!
A quick reminder of our 8 Rs for learning:
Responsibility, Risk-taking, Resilience, Responsive, Resourcefulness, Readiness, Reflecting, Remembering.
25 November 2016
The homework this week is a whole school creative homework. Because of the open afternoon next week, the homework is due in on Wednesday not Thursday.
I can show what I have learned in STEM week.
This week, all our learning has been STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths) focussed.
For this homework, we’d like children to reflect on their learning across the week and show off what they have learned. Your child could:
- give an overview of the STEM subjects
- do their own mini STEM project
- be a scientist and conduct a science investigation
- continue some of their favourite STEM week learning at home
18 November 2016
This week’s homework is Talk Time.
I know what bullying is and how to stop it.
We’d like children to discuss what they think the definition of bullying is (and what it’s not!) as well as different types of bullying that they might be aware of and what to do to stop it.
In class, we’ve talked about this already but we’d like children to go into more depth for this homework.
Children have also been set tasks on Mathletics.
11 November 2016
This week, we’ve come to the end of George’s Marvellous Medicine. We’ve really enjoyed reading it so we’re celebrating books. We love reading and this creative homework should get our class talking.
Books are cool! Here’s why…
Children should show our class why books are cool. Here are some ideas…
- Write an interview with your favourite author
- Make a short film showing an exciting bit from your favourite book
- Write a book review, recommending a book series to others – tell us what makes it so fun to read!
- Make a comic strip of a section of your favourite story
- Create a model of something in your favourite poem
The best ones will go up in our Reading area.
04 November 2016
Our homework this week is Practice Makes Perfect:
I can use expanded noun phrases.
Children have spent several lessons learning about how to include expanded noun phrases in their writing and this homework will help make sure that they can use them confidently and independently.
An expanded noun phrase is basically several words which give detail about one noun (a ‘thing’).
For example: instead of saying, ‘My cat is on our sofa,’ we could add detail and say, ‘My lazy cat is on our brand new sofa in the lounge.’
We’ve discussed three easy ways to expand a noun phrase:
- with adjectives
- prepositions (words that say where or when something is).
- using the word ‘that’
Children could write a story, diary entry, letter to a friend, newspaper article… whatever they like, so long as it has expanded noun phrases in! Please make sure that children are being careful with spellings, capital letters, full stops and handwriting – these are ‘basics’ now they’re in Y4.