Year 4 Homework

30 January 2015

Posted on Friday 30 January 2015 by Mrs Valentine

This week’s homework is Practice Makes Perfect and is due Wednesday 04 February:

I can design a webpage to promote a cure.

This homework links perfectly with our English learning of promotions. On Wednesday, Miss Valentine suffered from a terrible bout of ‘bananaritis’ after eating a banana at playtime! Luckily, Mrs Freeman had recently purchased a bottle of Moortown’s Marvellous Medicine which cured Miss Valentine’s feverish temperature, chesty cough, itchy, spotty skin and fatigue.

Your child is required to create a webpage promoting Moortown’s Marvellous Medicine, remembering to include TEARS (ask your child to find out what this means!).

 

23 January 2015

Posted on Friday 23 January 2015 by Mrs Valentine

This week’s homework is Talk Time and is due Wednesday 28 January:

I can talk about different strategies to stay calm.

As our SEAL theme this half term is Good to be Me, it’s important to think about ways we can stay calm and relaxed in a range of situations. Chat with your child about times where they may not have been calm and what they did, or could have done, in order to stay calm.

Please indicate that you’ve supported your child with their Talk Time homework by signing against the notes your child has written in their homework book.

Below is the guidance for Talk Time homework, taken from our Homework Policy:

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.

16 January 2015

Posted on Friday 16 January 2015 by Mrs Valentine

The homework this week is creative and is due Wednesday 21 January:

I can show what I’ve learnt about Samba.

Anything goes with this creative homework! Some suggestions could be:

  • a presentation about facts your child has learnt
  • a music tutorial focussing on drum rhythms
  • a quiz (which could be used to test the knowledge of the class!)

This homework marks the end of our Samba mini-topic so be sure to support your child to show as much as they know!

From our Homework Policy:

Creative

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, Y3 and Y4 homework previously has been: 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!).

 

09 January 2015

Posted on Friday 09 January 2015 by Mrs Valentine

The homework this week is Talk Time and is due Wednesday 14 January:

I can talk about how I manage my feelings.

This homework links to our SEAL theme for the next five weeks: Good to be Me. Chat to your child about different feelings they may have and how best to manage them. Try offering advice or switch the conversation around by asking your child for advice to manage a particular feeling – it’d be a great way to find out their strategy for managing feelings.

Please indicate that you’ve supported your child with their Talk Time homework by signing against the notes your child has written in their homework book.

Below is the guidance for Talk Time homework, taken from our Homework Policy:

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.

12 December 2014

Posted on Friday 12 December 2014 by Mrs Valentine

This week’s homework is practice makes perfect and is due Wednesday 17 December:

I can recite a poem.

For the last two weeks of the autumn term, your child has been learning about poetry. The homework requires your child to learn a poem off by heart, ready to recite in class. We’ve spent time in class thinking about the poetic mood of our poem and used an advert to help us with the performance:

The Winter Spirit

I am
the dreadful menace.

The one whose will is done.

The haunting chill upon your neck.

I am the conundrum.

I will summon armies.

Of wind and rain and snow.

I made the black cloud overhead.

The ice, like glass below.

Not you, nor any other.

Can fathom what is nigh.

I will tell you when to jump.

And I’ll dictate how high.

The ones that came before you.

Stood strong and tall and brave.

But I stole those dreams away.

Those dreams could not be saved.

But now you stand before me.

Devoid of all dismay.

Could it be? Just maybe.

I’ll let you have your day.

Check out this link to help your child with the menacing tone and performance: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b9Ji7DvsjU

 

05 December 2014

Posted on Thursday 04 December 2014 by Mrs Taylor

The whole school homework this week is creative: children are invited to respond to something from either a cultural or spiritual perspective.

I can show what I know and think about something cultural.

We’d like children to present their responses about a recent book they’ve read, film they’ve watched, piece of art they’ve looked at, piece of music they’ve listened to – anything cultural in fact. We’re interested to read some sort of description (a summary, for example) and then your child’s opinions. This review might include pictures, an interview (your child could write a fictional script between himself/herself and the artist, for example), a letter (eg to or from a character, or perhaps even the author) – anything which might include your child’s responses!

However, your child might prefer to do the following:

I can show what I know about a festival.

Over the course of this term, some children in school will have celebrated a religious festival of some sort. This might have been

  • the Muslim festival of Eid ul Adha, this year in October
  • the Sikh and Hindu festival Diwali, also in October
  • the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, coming up in December
  • the Christian festival (of course, celebrated by many non-Christians, too) of Christmas
  • the Chinese New Year festival which next year will be in February

There are lots of other festivals and celebrations which you and your child together might want to reflect on, from the anniversary of the crowning of Selassie (a festival which might be celebrated by Rastafarians) to the Winter Solstice (a Pagan festival). You can also research more festivals.

We invite children to respond to the sentence above – they might include a recount (like a diary entry), pictures, an interview (perhaps in a script). Your child might also choose to research a completely unknown festival, or they might even think about creating a brand new festival, one that everyone will celebrate.

Whether inspired culturally or spiritually, your child’s homework is due on Wednesday 10 December.

28 November 2014

Posted on Friday 28 November 2014 by Mrs Valentine

The homework this week is practice makes perfect and is due Wednesday 03 December:

I can write a recount about our chemistry lesson at Allerton Grange.

We had such a fantastic time learning about science at Allerton Grange on Thursday, that I couldn’t let our homework pass without writing about our spectacular visit! In your child’s homework book is a visual prompt to help them write about what we got up to during our lesson. Things to consider:

  • Recounts are usually in the form of a letter, postcard, diary entry.
  • Events need to be written in chronological order.
  • Time connectives are a great way to open sentences.
  • Feelings and mood are important to help the reader understand the emotions of the writer – using descriptive adjectives does this too!

Here’s the prompt your child has been given – happy recounting!

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Practice Makes Perfect

This is similar to what you might consider traditional homework: it may be a worksheet or a writing task (such as Y5′s current homework: I can write instructions).  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. 

21 November 2014

Posted on Thursday 20 November 2014 by Mrs Taylor

Following our Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds themed week, our whole school creative homework this week is:

I know how to have a healthy body and healthy mind.

Each class has taken part in a variety of learning this week including a range of visitors to support our teaching of keeping healthy bodies and healthy minds.  These include physical activities such as karate, tai chi, tennis, Leeds United football, assemblies by Leeds Rhinos and Leeds anti-social behaviour unit, class talks by Heart Research UK, d:side (drug education), various parents with health-related jobs and visits to Tesco for their Farm to Fork scheme and Allerton Grange.  Class-based learning has also included dental health, hand-washing, the importance of sleep and breakfast, healthy eating and food preparation and mental health.

Your child could present this creative homework in a variety of different ways:

  • a quiz which tests the knowledge of other children
  • art work
  • poetry
  • 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 a healthy body and healthy mind.

Please return this homework by Wednesday 26 November.

14 November 2014

Posted on Friday 14 November 2014 by Mrs Valentine

The homework this week is Talk Time and is due Wednesday 19 November:

I know how to be responsible.

Discussions with your child may centre around being responsible at home as well as school. How can your child show that they are responsible? What would they expect to see when someone is responsible?

Please indicate that you’ve supported your child with their Talk Time homework by signing against the notes your child has written in their homework book.

Below is the guidance for Talk Time homework, taken from our Homework Policy:

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.

 

07 November 2014

Posted on Friday 07 November 2014 by Mrs Valentine

This week’s homework is practice makes perfect and is due Wednesday 12 November:

I can show what I know about time.

Throughout the week, our maths learning has been about time. We’ve learnt to tell the time, read the time using a timetable, converted time (analogue to digital/24-hour clock) and calculated duration.

Your child is required to complete a booklet which allows them to practise their time skills.

Time is a tricky concept for children to pick up and so it needs regular revisiting. Here are some good questions you could pose in order to support your child’s learning:

  • “What time is it?”
  • “What time will it be in 15/20/25 etc minutes time?”
  • “If our car journey starts at 11:30 and we arrive at 13:15, how long has our journey been?”