14 September 2012
The homework this week is Creative and is due in Wednesday 19 September.
I can present the water cycle in a creative way.
This week, we’ve been investigating the water cycle. We have tested some of the changes of state that water goes through. We want you to come up with a creative way of showing this cycle. It’s completely up to you how you want to do this, but here’s a few ideas if you’re struggling:
- a photo collage of all the different stages of the water cycle
- a PowerPoint presentation
- a comic strip
- a podcast
07 September 2012
The homework this week is talk time and is due in on Wednesday 12 September.
I can think of ways to save water at home.
Our first mini-topic of the year is about water. We have talked about how some people do not have easy access to clean water like we do in this country. We have also discussed how we still need to save water where we can and looked at some ways we could do this at school. Now the children have to think about how they can do this at home.
Top tips for talk time homework:
- Turn the telly off!
- Sit around the dining table and talk through the different views whilst having a meal.
- Have a chat and share opinions and ideas! Children should talk with family, friends and each other.
(Your child might want to make some notes in their Homework Books – although they don’t need to, this might help them when we have a discussion about the topic back in the classroom.)
It’s the summer
Yes, believe it or not, the summer holidays begin on Friday, despite somewhat autumnal (ok: downright dismal) weather.
During the holidays, research shows that many children’s key skills can regress – this makes rapid progress in the autumn back at school hard. It’s important to make sure your child spends time reading, and try to include daily opportunities to do some writing and number work – things like sending a postcard to someone (look out for our postcard competition – more details soon) and working out some ticket prices and journey times.
As many teachers at Moortown Primary noted in children’s annual reports, your child may need a bit more than this if they need to keep up-to-speed with times tables and spellings – spend just five minutes on each every day to really help your child.
Of course, holidays should be as happy and as healthy as possible, whatever the weather. A useful starting point to planning a few days out or activities in Leeds is Breeze.
Another interesting and familiar idea crossed my mind recently as I read a Sunday paper: the writer and child psychologist Sue Palmer comments: “Every child will make a den given a chance; their evolutionary roots are still very strong. Sitting down watching someone else do it on television is no substitute.” You can buy some exciting kit to support this (I like the Ultimate Dangerous Den Kit, but less so the price), but there’s something even more exciting (and cheaper) by getting creative with cardboard boxes and blankets!
Whatever you and your child get up to, enjoy the break, and see you on Tuesday 04 September (or sometime in the week beginning 17 September if your child is starting in Reception).
There will be no further homework this term. However, please support your child to complete the health questionnaire sent home today in order to find out their views on some of our key health issues at school.
Emotional health and obesity are the two targets we are working on in school to further our healthy schools status and the questions, devised last year by the school council, are linked to these areas. These include:
- Are you happy at school?
- What do you enjoy most about playtimes and lunchtimes?
Completed questionnaires to be returned by Monday 16 July.
06 July 2012
This week’s homework is Creative and is due on Wednesday 11 July.
I can show my learning journey this year.
Children have spent the past academic year learning lots and now’s the time to show it. Your child can produce anything that communicates some of their best or favourite learning. The learning can be from one of their topics or from maths, art, science or literacy, or a mixture of lots of subject areas. Your child can decide how to present their homework. Here are some ideas:
- a diagram
- a picture / photographs
- a video
- a report
- a conversation between two people
- a piece of art work
This will be the last piece of homework before the summer holidays.
29 June 2012
The homework this week is Practice Makes Perfect and is due in Wednesday 04 July.
To use co-ordinates.
We have been searching for treasure this week using a map with co-ordinates on. In your child’s homework book, there’s another map and the children have to plot the co-ordinates of certain landmarks on the island.
22 June 2012
The homework this week is Talk Time and is due in Wednesday 27 June.
What feelings are involved with change?
Our SEAL theme at the moment is ‘Changes’. With a new year group on the horizon, and a summer away from school, this is the part of the year when children might want to talk about change and how it affects them. Discuss some of the following questions:
- What big changes have you experienced?
- What specific feelings did you have?
- Did they change at any point?
We’ll have a discussion next week where your child will have the chance to listen to the views and experiences of others, as well as reflect on their own.
15 June 2012
The homework this week is Talk Time and is due in on Wednesday 20 June.
If you were marooned (stranded) on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you and why?
The question is: do you go for luxury items or do you go for practical items?
Would a hairdryer be as useful as a box of matches? Can you live without Heinz Baked Beans? Would you miss your favourite teddy bear too much?
The objects can be from modern day or the past.
It’s the half-term holiday…
…so there’s no homework this week.
25 May 2012
This week’s homework is Creative.
I can create a business idea.
As part of our ‘My Money’ week, children are asked to come up with a business idea for their homework. It could be anything designed to make money – whether that’s a new product or providing a service. It could be a new invention, an adaptation of something existing or something else entirely. Some businesses aim to make as much profit as possible and some ‘social enterprises’ are designed to break even and do some good for society at the same time. I wonder which children will choose?
The best ideas will think about how much things cost to produce and how much they can be sold for.
Children should produce a drawing or model to help people understand the business idea. Notes, labels and descriptions will make viewers see the business potential even more!
If children get really into their business idea, they could even produce a full business plan, complete with prototype, target market (who it’s aimed at), advertising ideas, costs, prices and sales predictions.
Each class will vote for one homework to represent their class in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style assembly in front of the whole school. These finalists must present their business ideas in front of an audience!