22 May 2015
There’s no homework or spellings set over half-term but I’ll be assigning tasks on Mathletics throughout next week for your child to complete.
15 May 2015
The homework this week is creative and is due Wednesday 20 May:
Who do you think you are?
Next week, we embark on five days of learning about identity, diversity and community. Your child is required to think about themselves and what makes them who they are.
Creative homework is a great way for your child to engage with their homework any way they choose. I’ll be looking for homework with some creative flair as well as some refinement and finesse. Ideas could range from:
- a family tree
- a personal timeline
- a comic strip depicting their life journey
I’m looking forward to finding out what makes each child who they are and the themed week is sure to be a successful one!
08 May 2015
This week the homework is practice makes perfect and is due Wednesday 13 May:
I can understand what I’ve read.
Each child has been given a text in order to complete their homework. This homework requires your child to read a piece of text carefully and answer a range of questions about it. Please encourage your child to tackle the questions independently, though going through the answers together is very worthwhile to check that they have answered the questions as fully as possible.
01 May 2015
This week the homework is talk time and is due Wednesday 06 May:
What policies would you introduce?
This week, we’ve been learning about the general election and are hoping to hold our own election debate with Year 5 next week.
Chat with your child about what policies they believe should be introduced to their parties (Pure Progress and New Day UK). Your child will need to make notes as evidence of their discussion at home and as preparation for discussions in class next Wednesday.
24 April 2015
The homework this week is practice makes perfect and is due Wednesday 29 April:
I can understand what I’ve read.
This homework is a chance for your child to practise their comprehension skills – understanding what they’ve read.
Your child has been given a text accompanied by some questions. It’s important that your child frequently refers back to the text to locate information and to identify inferences where evident (that’s the bit where they can ‘read between the lines’ to uncover meaning).
Please aim for this to be an independent task for your child; checking and going through the answers once complete with your child is much more valuable than pointing out the answer in the first place.
If you’ve got any questions, you know you can come and ask!
27 March 2015
The homework this week is creative and is due on Wednesday 01 April:
I can show what I’ve learnt during curriculum week.
This week at school, it’s been a themed curriculum week where each day has been a subject and then on Thursday and Friday your child has moved throughout the school in mixed classes from Reception to Year 6, learning some new subjects like Mandarin and Urdu.
The homework requires your child to show what they’ve learnt in a creative way. Ideas could range from:
- a diary recounting each day
- a jigsaw where each piece makes up each subject
- a news interview describing the week
20 March 2015
The homework this week is creative and is due Wednesday 25 March:
I can design a programme for the Time Lord.
This is your child’s chance to design a front cover for our Time Lord production. Each child has been given a template for how large the design can be, and the best design from Year 3 and Year 4 will be published ready for our performances.
Children can use any media they like: coloured pencils, felt-tip pens or anything else they choose. Remember, it must be photocopiable so anything 3D won’t be suitable.
13 March 2015
This week’s homework is talk time and is due Wednesday 18 March:
I know how to solve problems peacefully.
This homework encourages your child to discuss ways in which they can solve problems. Problems may range from friendship problems and fall-outs to mathematical problems in the classroom environment, so be sure to include these types of problems in your conversation.
06 March 2015
This week, we give children a choice between two creative homework activities. They have a strong cultural or spiritual link and are due in on Wednesday 11 March.
I can respond to a book.
As it’s recently been World Book Day, we’d like children to respond in some way to a book. Your child can be as creative as (s)he likes! Here are a few ideas:
- A book review – a summary of the plot, characters, who it’s suitable for and why they like it
- A comic strip version of the book
- An alternative ending
- A character description of the main villain
- A new front cover
- A model of a scene from the book
or, your child might prefer this homework:
I know the importance of religious books.
We invite children to respond to the sentence above. Holy books are a key feature of different world religions. You may want to research the importance of one, two or all of these religious books and discuss the ways they are regarded, handled and read by members of faith groups. You might also consider the traditions associated with these holy books.
The holy books might include:
- the Christian holy book, the Bible
- the Jewish holy book, the Torah
- the Muslim holy book, the Qur’an
- the Sikh holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib
Time to learn your times tables
Practising times tables at home is really important. Knowing times tables facts really helps your child to feel confident in Maths, and enables them to make progress in areas such as calculating, fractions… even shape work can involve times tables – when we think about angles, for example.
The National Curriculum sets out expectations for times tables knowledge:
- Year 2: recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables, including recognising odd and even numbers
- Year 3: recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables
- Year 4: recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12
If your child is in Year 5 or 6, they need to know all the tables facts so they can start thinking about prime numbers, factors etc. Knowing the tables facts (including division) means having rapid recall – being able to say the answer within about five seconds, not counting through the times tables to work it out.
Each week, your child is asked to learn a particular times table. We might also work on a pair of tables which are related, such as x4s and x8.
Please make sure your child practises as home: in the car, in the bath, on the way to school, straight after school as a matter of routine. Your child needs to know that something like this involves effort and there aren’t any easy solutions!
It’s really helpful to test them two or three times during the week to make sure their ‘score’ improves, and also try to build in some multiplication and division games and references:
- play ‘tables ping-pong‘, where you and your child counts through a times tables forwards and backwards, alternating the counting: 0, 4,8, 12, 16, 20…
- look out for arrays, where you see a grid of something: eggs in a carton is a simple 2 x 3 or 3 x 2 array, and there are arrays on your mobile phone (to log on to mobile phones, you might see a 3 x 3 array – a square number), on buildings (the window panes of a block of flats are useful for larger numbers), tiles in your bathroom, chocolate and other food products…
- download an app to practise on a phone or tablet (there are loads of free ones)
- talk about when you use times tables knowledge