05 February 2016
This week, our spellings continue to focus on homophones. Your child has been given a worksheet to complete as part of their practice makes perfect homework and they’ve also been set a challenge… What’s the longest homophone they can find?
We’re continuing to spot homophones and the children have been surprised at how many they come across frequently. This is a really tricky concept to learn and recognise so the time we’re spending on it is beneficial.
05 February 2016
This week, our homework is practice makes perfect and is due Wednesday 10 February:
I know how to use homophones.
Your child has been given a worksheet to help them to know when and how to use a homophone.
We’ll be looking through this together next week.
22 January 2016
This week’s homework is creative and is due Wednesday 27 January:
I can show what I know about fractions.
Who says that maths can’t be creative? This homework gives your child the opportunity to showcase their learning of fractions creatively. There are loads of ways of showing off a knowledge of fractions, such as:
- a Little Miss or Mr Man fraction story in the style of Roger Hargreaves
- a picture where all the elements are a fraction
- a poem about fractions
- designing a classroom with all the parts indicated by a fraction
Enjoy getting creative with maths!
15 January 2016
This week’s homework is creative and is due Wednesday 20 January:
What is Life?
Our whole school Big Topic, Life, starts next week and it’s sure to be packed! The children are keen to get to grips with this science-driven topic. In preparation for next week, your child is required to creatively consider what life is. Possible ideas could be:
- an observational drawing of a plant
- a diary entry from an animal
- a plethora of facts about the human body (How many times do our hearts beat per day?)
- a song about their daily life
- a link to their religious or cultural beliefs, if they choose to have any
This homework is open to lots of creativity and is a great way to begin our Big Topic.
Please see below for guidance on creative homework requirements:
This is where your child’s creative juices can flow! Creative homework is an opportunity for your child to choose whatever they want to demonstrate some learning. For example, I can show what I know about food chains. Your child could present all their learning in so many different ways, from a diagram with notes to a story or comic strip. Parents’ and carers’ role is to support, encourage, help but (obviously) never to take over and do the homework! Teachers always look forward to seeing how creative children can be. If you notice the work has not been marked, please don’t worry. Teachers will have looked at and celebrated the homework in another way – the work might have been viewed by the whole class using a visualiser which allows the work to be projected to the whole class and a discussion of ‘stars and steps’ will happen. Peer assessment is also effective – children are very able to share what’s good and what needs improving! These sorts of verbal feedback strategies are often more effective than a written comment because it’s more instant and it makes sure the child understands – and their work is praised publicly! (If you’d like to add a comment about the homework and how your child went about it, please do: teachers would welcome this.)
08 January 2016
For all children in Year 1 to Year 6, the homework this week is Talk Time and is due Wednesday 13 January.
Which two charities should we support at school and why?
It’s time for children to think about our next two school charities. In 2014 and 2015, we have supported St Gemma’s Hospice and Cancer Research UK raising a total of £4370.02. 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 charities would be best for us to support. Following a class discussion next week, each class will nominate two charities to be considered by the School Council, who will make the final decision.
Once your child has decided on two charities, make sure they have clear, powerful reasons to support their views.
You might want to discuss whether we support…
- a local charity
- a national charity
- an international charity
- a children’s charity
- an animal charity
- a charity which helps a vulnerable group in our community
- a charity that has helped our learning, like Heart Research UK, NSPCC, RNLI
Our new school charities will be announced on Friday 15 January.
There are no homework tasks or spellings during the holiday period.
Instead, support your child in other ways. Make sure they take part in family events, encourage them to relax and catch up on some reading at home, encourage them to send thank you notes (emails are fine, too!) – all these things will help their English skills of speaking and listening, reading and writing.
Plenty of maths skills can be practised, too – planning some top telly and considering times and durations of programmes, working out what half price is when the sales start… could your child even help with some cooking to use various measures?
Whatever they do, make sure your child, and you, have a happy and healthy Christmas break.
11 December 2015
This week’s homework is practice makes perfect and is due Wednesday 16 December:
I know how to use inverted commas correctly.
Your child is required to show their knowledge of how inverted commas (speech marks ” “) are used by completing the challenges they’ve been given.
Support your child by checking that:
- spoken words are included inside inverted commas
- inverted commas are written as ‘mini 11s’ as opposed to ’66’ and ’99’
- capital letters are used at the beginning of inverted commas
- new lines are used for a new speaker
We’ll be reviewing this next week during an English lesson and it’ll help inform my judgement of your child’s knowledge of number 16 of the writing Year 4 ARE (age-related expectations).
04 December 2015
This week’s homework is talk time and is due Wednesday 09 December:
How can the 8 Rs help me to learn?
This question links to our SEAL theme this half term. We’ve spent time thinking about the 8 Rs for learning:
Be sure to discuss with your child about how these 8 Rs best work for them and their learning. Is there one particular R that they use more frequently than others? Which R is the trickiest to use? What R helps them to know themselves better?
We’ll review this homework during our SEAL session next week.
Please see below for guidance on talk time homework requirements:
The purpose of talk time homework is to encourage a conversation around children’s current learning. Children shouldn’t spend a lot of time on the presentation of the Talk Time homework. Instead, children should make notes, which will act as a prompt when it is discussed in class the following week. For this reason, teachers tend to give verbal feedback during their talk time session in class. We want our children to be expert talkers, using a variety of sentences and expressions, and able to back up their points or disagree with others in a polite way – this is more important than written notes for Talk Time. Simply: it’s hard to be a good writer if you’re not a good speaker, so Talk Times using ambitious words, useful phrases, interesting sentences is the best way to support your child. (Please don’t forget we also want your comments in homework Books about the Talk Time and how your child has contributed to discussions.)
27 November 2015
Following our Health themed week, this week, our whole school homework is creative and is due on Wednesday 02 December.
I make healthy choices.
Each class has taken part in a variety of learning this week including a range of visitors to support our teaching of keeping healthy (please see our Class News pages).
Your child could present this creative homework in a variety of different ways:
- a quiz which tests the knowledge of other children
- art work
- a poster
- writing: diary, story, letter, instructions, report
- a rap
- a mindmap
- your own creative idea
We look forward to seeing your creative ideas to demonstrate how to keep healthy and this homework will be the focus of our open afternoon, next week.
Homework open afternoon, 2.40pm on Wednesday 02 December – parents/carers of children in Years 1 – 6 are invited into the classroom to help you to be aware of the standards of homework in your child’s class; it will also give you an insight into how we give feedback to your child even if the homework does not appear to be marked.
20 November 2015
This week’s homework is practice makes perfect and is due Wednesday 25 November:
I can put into practice what I have learnt in maths.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been learning all about multiplication, specifically points 17, 18 and 20 detailed in the Year 4 age-related expectations (ARE). Your child has been given some multiplication challenges which they’re required to complete. In addition, an extra challenge has been included to allow for a little creativity in their maths learning.
Try going through the calculations with your child:
- challenge them to explain how they reached a certain answer
- get your child to teach you something they’ve learned from their homework
- test your child to silently teach you
- encourage your child to justify why they reached their answer and not another answer
As always, please ask if you’ve any questions or concerns.
Please see below for guidance on practice makes perfect homework:
Practice Makes Perfect
This is similar to what you might consider traditional homework: it may be a worksheet or a writing task. Practice Makes Perfect is useful homework when something has been taught in school but needs consolidation. The work should be fairly straightforward for the child as there should be no need for new learning, so just some encouragement from you is needed. However, it would be a great time to get your child to teach you – they should be able to explain the key points or processes! We use this type of homework less often because usually the best practice is where a teacher can keep feeding back and presenting new challenges when they see it as appropriate. Teachers mark these activities in line with our marking policy.