12 September 2014
This week’s homework is creative and is due Wednesday 17 September:
LO: I can show what I have learnt about our Where in the World topic.
The first homework of the year gives your child the opportunity to show what they have learnt about our geography-based topic. Ideas could range from:
- Design a quiz about the seven continents or five oceans
- Create a map of their own
- Write a journal as a sailor who’s travelled the world
- Devise a leaflet / web page advertising a certain location as a holiday destination
Enjoy being creative!
Below is the guidance for creative homework, taken from our Homework Policy:
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, the Y3 and Y4 homework this week is Creative: 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!).
05 September 2014
Although homework, spellings and times tables have not been given this week, your child can put their knowledge of the world to the test using the following link:
Why not complete some quizzes with your child and learn some new things together!
Ready to learn
It’s the summer holidays and, in line with our homework policy, there is no formal homework set over the six-week break.
That doesn’t mean that your child won’t be learning! We learn all the time – and so do children, whether it’s through play, day-trips, independent reading, discussions at home…
And of course, you’ll be keen to support your child at home so the basic facts aren’t forgotten. Please think about key English and Maths knowledge that you can gently practise over the holidays:
- number bonds: knowing pairs of numbers that add to make ten, like 3+7=10 and therefore 10-7=3). When your child is secure with pairs that total ten, can they extend this knowledge to pairs which make 20 (13+7=20, for example) and 100 (such as 30+70=100) – make this fun by using some sweet treats or how about stringing ten loom bracelets on string and then hiding some and making the link with the ones that are left (how many are hidden if you can see three bracelets?)
- times tables: Year 2 children should have an emerging knowledge of the 2 times table and the 10 times table at least, and children who have just finished Year 4 should know all their times tables (up to 12 x 12) and the division facts, too (7×8=56 so 56÷7=8) – think about chanting some times tables or buying an app to practise just a few minutes every day to keep your child’s knowledge sharp!
- reading: lots of reading over the holidays will help your child in lots of different ways – visit the local library; take part in our Extreme Reading competition; if you’re going to a theme park or museum, read the leaflet and the website… there are loads of opportunities to build in reading as a daily activity!
- writing: reading will help your child’s spellings and writing style, so don’t force lots of writing, but do try to encourage some useful, purposeful writing – write some postcards to friends and relatives , or send some emails instead, and make lists for what to pack on holiday, or what to buy if planning a sleepover.
Check out this guide about supporting learning, useful whether it’s term-time of holiday time!
Finally, make sure you enjoy the summer break!
11 July 2014
This week’s whole school homework is creative following our themed week, Staying Safe. It should be returned by Wednesday 16 July.
I know how to stay safe.
Throughout this week, a variety of visitors have worked with classes to deliver key learning about different aspects of safety. These include:
- water safety (lifeguard – Mr Glass and RNLI)
- scooter training (Mrs Strange)
- bike maintenance (Edinburgh bicycle cooperative)
- skateboarding (sk8 safe)
- trampolining (Roundhay high school)
- food/kitchen safety (school kitchen)
- first aid (British Red Cross)
- e-safety (One day creative)
- road safety (Leeds City Council)
- drug education (dside)
- safety within engineering (Mr McDermott)
- bike security (police)
Alongside these external visitors, children have been learning other aspects of safety within their class.
The creative homework is a great opportunity for your child to demonstrate their learning from this week. They could:
- write a poem
- produce a quiz
- create a comic strip
- produce an information leaflet
- create a crossword
- …or anything else they can think of.
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.
I can write a recount about something which happened at the weekend. The recount couldbe a letter, an email to the class (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org), a storyboard.
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.