Year 4 Homework

25 September 2015

Posted on Friday 25 September 2015 by Mrs Valentine

This week’s homework is practice makes perfect and is due Wednesday 30 September:

I can use mental strategies to add.

Your child has been given some calculations to complete. This learning is to be done without the help of a calculator, although your child may choose to check their answers with a calculator, and then see where they went wrong in their working out.

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.

As always, please ask if you’ve any questions or concerns.

18 September 2015

Posted on Friday 18 September 2015 by Mrs Valentine

This week’s homework is creative and is due Wednesday 23 September:

I can show what I know about Queen Elizabeth II.

As this week has seen the end of our mini-topic about Queen Elizabeth II, it’s a good opportunity for your child to reflect on all that they’ve learnt about Britain’s longest reigning monarch. Possible creative ideas could range from:

  • a fact quiz
  • a chronological timeline
  • a diary entry from the queen herself
  • a royal family tree
  • pros and cons about having a Royal Family

We’ll be looking for creative ideas as well as finesse next week in our homework review.

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.)


11 September 2015

Posted on Thursday 10 September 2015 by Mrs Valentine

This week, the homework is talk time and is due Wednesday 16 September:

I know how to make my year a successful one.

This homework links to our SEAL theme of ‘New Beginnings’. The homework aims to encourage your child to think about their year in ahead in a new year group. Some things to make their school year successful might range from weekly spelling and times table scores, a positive learning attitude or being more responsible for their belongings.

Have a go at including some of the following questions in your discussion:

  • What makes a successful year?
  • What can you do to be successful at school?
  • How does it feel when you make positive choices?

We’ll be sharing our ideas next week during our homework review.

Please see below for guidance on talktime 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.)

Ideas for “I’m bored!” moments…

Posted on Friday 17 July 2015 by Mrs Valentine

If ever your child has an “I’m bored!” moment during the holidays, why not give these a try:

  • how many words can you make from ‘encyclopaedia’?
  • think of words that rhyme with ‘frog’
  • write a horror story
  • play noughts and crosses
  • make up a crossword with countries around the world
  • design a wordsearch about food
  • play hangman
  • make up a song
  • see how long you can hold a note
  • make up a short play with a friend or family member
  • learn a card game
  • create a map of your house then organise a treasure hunt

10 July 2015

Posted on Thursday 09 July 2015 by Mrs Taylor

This week’s whole school homework involves completing the pupil health questionnaire sent home with your child.

 I can share my views about health.





















This annual questionnaire has been compiled in consultation with our school council and helps us to find out pupil views on some of our key health issues at school. Please support your child to complete the health questionnaire by discussing these issues.  The questionnaire should be returned to your class teacher by Wednesday 15 July.

03 July 2015

Posted on Friday 03 July 2015 by Mrs Valentine

This week the homework is creative and is due Wednesday 08 July:

I can show what I know about light.

We’ve been thinking about light during science lessons this week – where it comes from, what creates a shadow and if it can travel through opaque, translucent and transparent materials.

Encourage your child to explore their house looking for sources of light, find their shadows and investigate what things are opaque, translucent and transparent. Ideas for homework could be:

  • a picture which shows a shadow
  • a diagram showing how their shadow changes through0ut the day
  • a collage of objects which are opaque, translucent or transparent.

26 June 2015

Posted on Friday 26 June 2015 by Mrs Valentine

This week’s homework is talk time and is due Wednesday 01 July:

I know strategies to deal with feelings to do with change.

As we begin to look ahead to the next academic year, it’s important that your child is aware of how to cope with changes which may happen at school as well as changes which may occur at home, like an older sibling moving to high school, for example. The homework links to our SEAL statement which we’ll be thinking about during next week. Here’s a few questions which might form part of your discussion:

  • What is change?
  • What changes might you experience at school?
  • How do you feel when things change?

19 June 2015

Posted on Friday 19 June 2015 by Mrs Valentine

This week’s homework is creative and is due on Wednesday 24 June:

I can report a natural disaster.

During our topic of Extreme Earth, we’ve learnt about a range of natural disasters: earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis. This week’s homework gives your child a chance to report on a natural disaster in a creative way. Ideas could range from real-life natural disasters which have occurred or one they’ve made up – perhaps Moortown Primary has been the epicentre of an earthquake! Your child could:

  • write a report or a newspaper article about the natural disaster
  • create a video of television footage at the site of a natural disaster
  • produce a graph detailing the magnitude of the natural disaster
  • draw a landscape of an area hit by extreme weather

Enjoy being creative!

12 June 2015

Posted on Friday 12 June 2015 by Mrs Valentine

The homework this week is practice makes perfect and is due Wednesday 17 June:

I can show what I know about volcanoes.

This week, we’ve spent our topic time learning about volcanic eruptions. Your child has been given a diagram, which they need to label correctly, to show what that they know the different parts of a volcano.

05 June 2012

Posted on Friday 05 June 2015 by Mrs Valentine

This week’s homework is talk time and is due on Wednesday 10 June 2015:

How can I change my learning for the better?

The question links to our SEAL focus on Changes.

Make sure you chat to your child about what improvements would make them a better learner. Ideas could be:

  • putting their hand up more to show a teacher they’re responsive
  • following instructions the first time
  • responding to (and remembering) learning steps in their books
  • having a go at a tricky challenge – being resilient
  • being ready to learn after playtimes
  • remembering their PE kit

Our 8 Rs of learning will be a great starting point to your discussion:

  1. Responsibility – know that you are in charge of your learning
  2. Risk – taking – having a go
  3. Readiness – being ready to learn
  4. Resilience – keep trying, stay positive and persevere
  5. Resourcefulness – try a different way and find and use resources independently
  6. Responsive – respond in the right way to peers and adults
  7. Remembering – apply your learning in other lessons
  8. Reflection – think about what and how you’ve learnt and learn from your mistakes