04 July 2014
The homework this week is Practice Makes Perfect and is due in on Wednesday 9 July. I can write a recount about my Tour de France experience.
27 June 2014
The homework this week is creative and is due Wednesday 02 July:
I can design my own Tour de France jersey.
Your child can get as creative as they want with this designing homework. Ideas could be an annotated diagram of their jersey, an actual jersey or a collage.
Be sure to encourage your child to think of the material, colour/pattern and comfort.
20 June 2014
This weeks’ whole school homework is Talk Time and also involves completing the pupil health questionnaire sent home with your child.
I can share my views about health.
Emotional health and obesity are our two main health targets to further our healthy schools status and the questions are linked to these areas. They include:
- Are you happy at school?
- What do you enjoy most about playtimes and lunchtimes?
Please support your child to complete the health questionnaire in order to find out their views on some of our key health issues at school. This should be returned to your class teacher by Wednesday 25 June.
13 June 2014
This week’s homework is talk time and is due Wednesday 18 June:
What makes a good team player?
As we’re learning all about the Tour de France, it’s a great opportunity to discuss sportsmanship and what makes one person a better team player than another. The children all know it’s important to work as a team whether they’re in the classroom or outside as part of a sports team.
The children have been given a worksheet to accompany this talk time homework which will give your discussion some clear focus.
06 June 2014
This week’s homework is creative and is due Wednesday 11 June.
I can research a cyclist from the Tour de France.
The homework requires your child to complete a mini-research project on a well-known cyclist from the Tour de France. Your child has been given a booklet with certain information they must find out. Encourage your child to look in newspapers, magazines or online to investigate the life of their chosen cyclist.
The research your child uncovers will help inform next week’s Literacy lessons.
16 May 2014
This week’s homework is talk time and is due Wednesday 21 May:
I can tell the truth and say sorry if I need to.
The homework focusses on our SEAL statement for the week. Talk with your child about occasions when they’ve said sorry and how they felt. You might also want to talk about an occasion when your child has been apologised to.
09 May 2014
This week the homework is creative and is due Wednesday 14 May:
I can design my own pirate flag.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve spent some time learning about pirates. The homework allows your child to design their very own flag, so they should design their flag with an enemy in mind. They must be able to justify why their flag is designed the way they choose it to be. Flag designs could use a range of media, photographs or be made from textiles…be creative!
02 May 2014
This week’s homework is practice makes perfect and is due Wednesday 07 May:
To answer questions using a text.
I’d like the children to carefully read the text they have been given and answer the questions – this will test their comprehension skills as well as reading. This is a great way to ensure your child is understanding what they’re reading whilst building on skills we’ve learnt throughout the year so far.
25 April 2014
This week’s homework is talk time and is due Wednesday 30 April:
I know my actions have consequences.
Our SEAL statement next week is ‘I am aware of my feelings, thoughts, choices and actions.‘ The homework will be the focus of our class discussion next week during SEAL time. When discussing the homework with your child, be sure to consider positive and negative choices and what impact your child’s choices make for themselves as well as others.
Below is the guidance from the homework policy about Talk Time homework:
Teachers have noticed that, in some instances, a lot of time has been taken on the presentation of the Talk Time homework. Children are welcome to do this although it is not necessary. The purpose of Talk Time homework is to encourage a conversation around their current learning. Any notes made in their homework book should simply be there to aid them 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.
It’s the Easter holidays…
…so we have no set homework or spellings, in line with our Homework Policy.
That doesn’t mean we expect your child not to be developing their skills in reading, writing and maths!
Your child should be reading daily – this could be fiction, factual books, a comic or newspaper, and could include being read to at bedtime, too.
It would be good to practise basic skills in writing by writing a letter or email to a relative, perhaps recounting a day-trip or reviewing a film your child watched.
We’re finding quite a few children are ‘squashing their sentences’ such as I went to Leeds City Museum it was really interesting which is wrong. It would be much better with punctuation to separate or a word to join:
- I went to Leeds City Museum. It was really interesting. (A comma isn’t strong enough to separate two sentences.)
- I went to Leeds City Museum – it was really interesting.
- I went to Leeds City Museum; it was really interesting.
- I went to Leeds City Museum and it was really interesting.
- I went to Leeds City Museum which was really interesting.
Finally, to improve calculation skills, please keep practising mental number facts which your child must know:
- number bonds (two numbers which add up to 10, 20 and 100 eg 3+7, 13+7, 30+70) – these facts should be known by children in Y1 – Y2
- times tables (up to 12×12) and the division facts with your child – children in Y2 should have rapid recall of x2, x 5 and x 10 at least
We know we mention these ‘basics’ a lot, but that’s because they involve practice, practice and more practice – we practise a lot at school, but your child will need to practise at home, too, if they are to truly succeed.
Learn more about current expectations for reading, writing and maths. However, do be aware that a new National Curriculum comes into effect from September, meaning these expectations have been raised and so many aspects of learning now feature in younger age groups.