08 March 2013
The homework this week is Creative and is due in Wednesday 13 March.
I can create a recount of my weekend.
As most of you will be aware, we’re writing recounts at the moment. We want you to keep a log of your weekend and present it to us anyway you like. It’s completely up to you! If you’re struggling for ideas, why not try creating:
- a written diary of the most exciting things that happened during your weekend
- a photo diary with captions
- a video diary
- a podcast of the highlights of your weekend
01 March 2013
Next Thursday 07 March is our annual school council election. This week’s homework, linked to the elections, is talk time. It’s due in on Wednesday 06 March 2013. Your child has a choice:
If your child would like to be a candidate for their class, their homework is to prepare a speech to present to their class. This should include the following:
- Why they think they can represent their class well.
- What qualities they have to make a good school councillor.
- What suggestions they have for the new school council to consider. Think of realistic ideas.
If your child does not want to be a candidate in the elections, their homework is to discuss:
I understand the importance of voting.
This week, in class and assemblies, children have been learning about voting, school councils and why their vote, in the elections next week, really does count.
It’s the Spring half-term holiday next week…
It’s half-term holidays next week, so there are no specific homework tasks, times tables or spellings next week.
Of course, regular practice and learning can still happen: reading each day, swimming, tables practice, trips to the library, walks around Roundhay Park… A personal recommendation from me: take a visit to Leeds Art Gallery -the Liberty and Anarchy exhibition is great!
All will help your child have a happy and healthy holiday!
08 February 2013
This week’s homework is Talk Time and is due in Wednesday 13 February.
Has there been (or is there) life on other planets? Discuss.
Following the discovery of an ‘alien egg’ right next to the school, I want you to discuss at home whether there has ever been life outside of planet earth. Why not try:
- exploring accounts of alien encounters
- researching what is required for life to exist and whether that is possible on other planets
- discussing whether it is ever possible to know for sure whether something exists in such a huge universe
We’ll be having a discussion next week, so make sure your child comes ready with some key points to make.
01 February 2013
The homework this week is Talk Time and is due in Wednesday 06 February.
I can talk about when I think time began.
Before we started our new Big Topic (Blast Off!), the children came up with some questions that they wanted to find the answer to by the end of the topic. A large proportion of the class wanted to know the answer to the following question:
“When did time begin?”
I’m sure you’ll all agree this is a fascinating question as well as being one that I would struggle to answer! Therefore, we’ve decided that this is a great opportunity for your child to share their beliefs, ideas and/or theories on when and how time began. Make sure your child has some points ready to bring to our discussion next week.
25 January 2013
The homework this week is practice makes perfect and is due in on Wednesday 30 January.
I know the different parts of a sentence.
The children have a sheet stuck in their homework books. They need to read the sentences and identify the different types of words in the sentences.
They might need to spot all the nouns and verbs or some children might also have to identify the adjectives and adverbs as well. Underline/highlight each type of word with a different colour.
- Noun: a thing, object, person or place.
- Verb: an action or a ‘doing word’.
- Adjective: is a ‘describing word’. It describes the noun.
- Adverb: describes how something is done. It describes the verb.
18 January 2013
The homework this week is creative and is due in Wednesday 22 January.
I can show what I already know about space.
As you all know, our new topic is Blast Off! To launch this topic we would like you to show us everything you already know about space. You could tell us about the history of space travel, the different planets, the Milky Way or even discuss whether there is life on Mars! As always, you can be as creative as you like, but if you’re struggling why not try:
- an annotated photo collage of different pictures from space
- a PowerPoint presentation
- a comic strip
- a podcast
11 January 2013
The home work this week is talk time and is due in on Wednesday 16 January.
I know how I am going to take reponsibility for my learning this year.
Our SEAL statement this week has been about taking reponsibility for our learning. As it’s the start of the year and a time for new starts and new year resolutions, we thought it would be a good time to think about how we can take responsility for our learning and set some targets for ourselves for the new year.
Examples could be:
- Making sure that I read at home with an adult every day.
- Reducing the number of warnings I get.
- Giving out 3 friendship tokens every day.
- Pushing myself harder in literacy lessons.
For talk time homeworks, children don’t have to write anything in their homework books but many find that writing down some ideas and prompts helps them to contribute during the discussion we have as a class.
…so enjoy the break.
We don’t give homework or spellings and tables to learn during holidays. Instead, we hope you all enjoy the break and spend some fabulously festive family time, whether it’s playing board games, enjoying a book or two or simply relaxing in front of the telly for a treat.
07 December 2012
This week’s homework is slightly different as it’s Practice makes Perfect.
I know the difference between no and know.
I want your child to be able to distinguish between no and know. In the children’s writing this week, some have struggled with writing the correct homophone.
Here are a couple of activities that you can do to test whether your child knows the difference:
- Write no on a piece of paper and on the back write know. Then, read out a sentence and they have to show you whether they need to use no or know.
- Write a sentence and leave a gap in the middle for your child to place either no or know.
The children don’t have to write anything in their books, but they will be tested on iPads on Friday 14 December.