11 December 2020
This week, the whole school has the same Creative homework, which should be returned by Thursday 17 December.
The children are invited to respond to something from either a cultural or a spiritual perspective.
I can present a review of a book / TV show / film or something else cultural.
We’d like children to present their responses about a recent book they’ve read, film they’ve watched, piece of art they’ve looked at, piece of music they’ve listened to – anything cultural in fact.
We’re interested to read some sort of description (a summary, for example) and then your child’s opinions. This review might include pictures, an interview (your child could write a fictional script between himself/herself and the artist, for example), a letter (eg to or from a character, or perhaps even the author) – anything which might include your child’s responses!
However, your child might prefer to do the following:
I know what a faith celebration means to me.
Over the course of this term, some children in school may have celebrated a religious festival of some sort. This might have been
- the Muslim festival of Eid ul Adha
- the Sikh and Hindu festival Diwali
- the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, coming up in December
- the Christian festival (of course, celebrated by many non-Christians) of Christmas
- and the Chinese New Year festival, coming up
There are lots of other festivals and celebrations, which you and your child together might want to reflect on.
We invite children to respond to the sentence above – they might include a recount (like a diary entry), pictures, an interview (perhaps in a script). Your child might also choose to research a completely unknown festival, or they might even think about creating a brand new festival, one that everyone will celebrate.
Of course, there are many other ways in which children could respond. Children should be ready to celebrate their learning as part of their homework review by Thursday 18 December 2020.
03 December 2020
This week, the whole school has the same Creative homework: I can illustrate different emotions.
This homework, which links to our living and learning statement, is an opportunity for children to show that they can recognise, and show, different emotions. As humans, we display a huge-range of emotions. Sometimes, it’s obvious how we’re feeling. Sometimes, it’s trickier for us to show, or recognise, an emotion. This statement allows us to spend time thinking about the different emotions we experience and how we can recognise these accurately in ourselves and others.
Children could respond creatively to this in a range of ways:
- create a piece of art that shows a range of emotions
- take pictures of themselves (or others) displaying different emotions
- write a short-story in which a character shows lots of emotions
- devise a poem, song or rap about emotions
- create a comic strip to illustrate different emotions
Of course, there are many other ways in which children could respond. Children should be ready to celebrate their learning as part of their homework review by Thursday 10th December 2020.
27 November 2020
This week’s homework is Practice Makes Perfect and is due in on Thursday 03 December:
I know the key vocabulary from our history topic.
Children have been learning these words in their history topic:
- Rosetta Stone
Children should practise remembering these words definitions, thinking of examples of them, drawing pictures to represent them and -really importantly – using these words in sentences. If they can’t remember what these things are (they should – we’re learnt about all of them in class!), then they’ll need to do a little research or come and ask for a reminder.
We’re wanting all of these words known and understood!
20 November 2020
This week, the whole school has the same Creative homework which children should be ready to discuss as part of our homework review on Thursday 26 November.
I know how to STOP bullying.
This homework is a response to our learning this week during anti-bullying week. Throughout the week, each class has had the chance to talk about what bullying is, what the different types of bullying are and how can we STOP it:
As part of your discussion you may find our school definition of bullying useful, as agreed by our School Councillors:
Bullying is when you hurt someone, physically or emotionally (including online), several times on purpose.
As the homework is creative, you can do anything you want to respond to the statement. Here are a few ideas to help you:
- Create a cartoon strip of a bullying scenario and how it is solved.
- Create an acrostic poem using the word bullying.
- Write your own ‘kindness statements’ for your class.
- Create a scenarios quiz for your class to decide what they would do.
13 November 2020
This week’s homework is Practice Makes Perfect and is due in on Thursday 19th November:
I can find Must Do errors.
In our school, we have lists of things that we always try to get right, no matter what or when we’re writing. We call these ‘Must Dos’.
Children have been given texts about different aspects of Ancient Egyptian life, we’d like them to find all of the errors. Look out for these things in particular:
- Squashed sentences – this is where we’ve missed a full stop and the sentences are ‘squashed’ together
- Apostrophes – these could be needed for contractions (where two words have been join with a missing letter or more, represented by an apostrophe) or for possession (to show that something belongs to something/someone), but not just because something is a plural (eg not because you have lots of cat’s ← wrong!)
- Missing capital letters – either for proper nouns (names of people, important places etc) or the starts of sentences
Don’t forget to go on Times Tables Rockstars too!
06 November 2020
This week, our homework is Talk Time and is due in on Friday 13th November:
I can show what I think about Wolf Brother.
In class we’ve really enjoyed starting to read our rather gruesome Class Novel – Wolf Brother. We’d like children to read this text and do the homework explained below…
Read the text with an adult.
Try some of these:
- Take it in turns to read a sentence each to help notice where sentences end.
- Have the adult read a sentence and the child ‘echo’ it back, reading it in the same way.
- Pay attention to punctuation – you’ve got to pause where there are full stops, and a little where there are commas too.
Discuss the following questions:
- Do you think the wolf is Torak’s guide? Why? Why not?
- The wolf cub uses names like ‘Lights’, ‘Darks’, ‘Beast That Bites Hot’, ‘Tall Tailless’ and ‘up-Wet’ (on the last line). What do these mean?
- If you were a cub, what other similar names might you use?
- What words are you less familiar with? What do they mean? Can you use them in sentences yourself?
- Are there any parts that puzzle you? Do you have any questions?
- Does this remind you of any other stories, films or TV?
- Are you enjoying the book so far? Why? Why not?
- What do you think will happen next?
16 October 2020
This week’s homework is Practice Makes Perfect and is due in on Thursday 22 October because we’re not in school on Friday.
I can subtract accurately.
We’ve been learning about subtraction in class and I’d now like children to practise what they’ve learnt. I’ve given them sheets of subtraction questions to complete.
We’re concentrating on our 12 times tables this week.
09 October 2020
I can share my views about health
Your views can help us to become happier and healthier.
Parents/carers: please complete the online survey with your child and comment at the end. Please submit before Thursday 15 October.
02 October 2020
This week’s homework is Talk Time and is due in on Thursday 08 October:
What rights should animals have?
Talk about reasons and possible counter arguments.
In class we have asked children to discuss a variety of things at home. This is a moral themed homework, so it’s all about rights and wrongs, good and bad. It’s a deliberately provocative question, designed to get a good debate going in class.
- the rights of animals (Do they have the right to life? Do they have the right to have their habitats protected? Do they have the right to food? To medicine?)
- why we think they should have those rights – using the word ‘because’ is really useful here!
- how other people might argue against our opinions and how we could respond (counter arguments)
In class, we’ll discuss/debate this issue as our homework review.
25 September 2020
This week, our homework is Creative and is due in on Thursday 01 October.
During our After the Fall topic, we’ve had lessons on a variety of subjects:
- paper aeroplane making
- inferring people’s thoughts
- observational drawing
- pop art
- overcoming difficulties
Children should show us what they’ve learnt in a creative way. We’ve shared ideas in class, including creating a comic strip, writing a poem, recording a short video, drawing or writing a set of instructions.