Year 4 Homework

09 May 2014

Posted on Friday 09 May 2014 by Mrs Valentine

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

Posted on Friday 02 May 2014 by Mrs Valentine

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

Posted on Friday 25 April 2014 by Mrs Valentine

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:

Talk Time

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…

Posted on Friday 04 April 2014 by Mr Roundtree

…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.

28 March 2014

Posted on Friday 28 March 2014 by Mrs Valentine

The homework this week is practice makes perfect and is due Wednesday 2 April:

I can show what I know about mass.

I’m sure you’ve all been told about our measuring lesson this week. We estimated and measured the mass of a range of items in the classroom – some children even measured their own mass! Therefore, the homework is a great opportunity for the children to consolidate this learning. If you want to support your child even more, try baking – measuring out the ingredients is a really good practical skill and lots of fun too!

Below is the guidance from the homework policy about practice makes perfect homework:

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 March 2014

Posted on Friday 21 March 2014 by Mrs Valentine

This week’s homework is creative and is due Thursday 27 March:

I can show what I have learnt about Animal Kingdom.

This week has been the last of our Big Topic: Animal Kingdom. Throughout the topic we’ve had visits from a range of animals, a trip to Dogs Trust as well as hatching our own chickens! On top of all this, we also wrote kenning poems and reports about animals and researched climates of habitats and life expectancy of animals. Therefore, children are to show their learning of this topic in a creative way. Ideas could be:

  • a quiz
  • an annotated diagram of an animal
  • drawing a webpage with links to key learning
  • a model of an animal habitat
  • a recorded documentary about an animal

 

 

14 March 2014

Posted on Sunday 16 March 2014 by Mrs Valentine

This week’s homework is practice makes perfect and is due Wednesday 19 March.

I can show my understanding of time.

The homework this week allows your child to practice and consolidate their learning of time in maths. Your child has been given a booklet which comprises of time experiments, reading the time, calculating duration and time differences as well as researching the time in other countries – which are all crucial life skills. To support your child’s learning of time, regularly quiz your child about the time and if they know it in digital and 24-hour clock.

Below is the guidance from the homework policy about practice makes perfect homework:

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.

 

07 March 2014

Posted on Friday 07 March 2014 by Mr Wilks

For all children in Year 1 – Year 6, the homework this week is creative and is due in on Wednesday 12 March.

 I can respond to my reading.

This homework follows the wonderful costumes and learning inspired by World Book Day.

As always, some ways that your children can respond are listed below:

  • Write a letter to a character or author.
  • Interview a character or author.
  • Annotate a page of a novel with words/phrases/sentences/ descriptions that you like and why (top tip: get a photocopy of the page, don’t annotate your actual book!)
  • Create a book review.
  • Create a comic strip which summarises the story.

 

28 February 2014

Posted on Friday 28 February 2014 by Mrs Valentine

This week’s homework is talk time and is due on Wednesday 05 March:

How can we prevent animals from becoming endangered?

Whilst discussing this with you child, you could consider what ‘endangered’ means, which animals are endangered and what measures we can put in place to limit the number of animals from becoming endangered.

Below is the guidance from the homework policy about Talk Time homework:

Talk Time

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 half-term…

Posted on Saturday 15 February 2014 by Mr Roundtree

It’s the half-term, so in line with our current homework policy, there are no homework tasks or spellings to learn.

However, please make sure you’re reading lots with your child – we’re finding children are reading less than they need to if they are to gain fluency and understanding.  You could take your child to a local library, hunt down an old favourite to re-visit, plan a story book for each bedtime over the holiday, read more about a favourite subject on the internet, buy a comic or magazine… And, so they have good role models, make sure your child sees you read, too!

Our current homework policy will be reviewed soon.  A small number of you have told us you’re not entirely happy with it – it would be really helpful if you tell us more about what you’d like.  Send us an email or speak with Mrs Weekes or me about this.  Thank you.