15 March 2019
Our homework this week is Creative: I can show my talents.
All of the children in our school are blessed with an array of talents. This week, our homework, which links to our Living and Learning statement (I can recognise my talents), gives our children the opportunity to celebrate and share their talents. Children should respond creatively and be ready to show off their talents to their peers as part of their homework review. They could do this in a range of ways:
- create a short performance to show to the class
- film themselves showing off their talent
- make a collage of their many talents
- produce a piece of art to show off their talents
There are, of course, many other ways that children could respond. Children should be ready to show off their talents by Thursday 21 March 2019.
08 March 2019
This week’s homework is Talk Time and will be discussed in class on Thursday 14 March.
I can say something good about myself.
All week in class, we’ve been saying things that are good about ourselves. Have a discussion with your child about what they said and why they like being who they are.
Friday 01 March 2019
This week, our whole school homework is Creative: I can present a summary of our class novel so far.
Every class in our school is currently enjoying their class novel topic. As such, we’ve read quite a bit of our books. This week, children should summarise what they’ve read so far. A good summary would give an overview of what’s happened, focussing on key events and characters. There are many ways in which children could choose to respond to this but here’s a few ideas…
- use an app to create a movie trailer for what’s happened so far
- create a timeline of key events
- turn what’s happened so far into a short comic
- write a song, rap or poem about one of the main characters/events
- create an image about a key event
- draw a portrait of a main character and label their characteristics
However children decide to respond, their efforts will be celebrated as part of our weekly homework review in class. This homework is due by Thursday 07 March 2019.
Friday 08 February 2019
This week, the whole school has the same creative homework which is due in on Thursday 14 February 2019.
I can show different ways to stay safe.
This week, we have enjoyed a staying safe themed week. We’ve had lots of visitors and covered a range of important safety-related topics. There are many ways, and many different situations, in which we need to keep safe: at home, at school, in our environment and online.
Children should think about the situations where they need to keep safe and who might help them to stay safe. This could be done in any creative way:
- a story
- a poem
- a comic strip
- an advert
- an interview
- a game
…or any other creative ideas!
The homework will be reviewed as part of the themed week learning.
01 February 2019
This week’s homework is Practice Makes Perfect and will be marked on Thursday 07 February.
I can divide four digit numbers by one digit numbers.
Children have been learning various methods for division including using place value counters, drawing place value grids and the bus stop method. Some of their calculations might have a remainder and some might not.
As always, if you need any help, please come in and see me before the due date.
Friday 25 January 2019
This week, the whole school has the same Talk Time homework:
What is a drug?
This homework, which links to our Living and Learning statement, is a first step in children becoming aware of drugs. There are a few key points you may wish to talk about at home. Children need to be aware that some drugs are helpful, some are harmful. Some are legal, some are illegal. Don’t forget to consider that even the legal or helpful ones can be harmful.
Below are some question prompts that could help shape your discussion…
- What is a good definition for a drug?
- What is a drug? What is not a drug?
- Are all drugs bad?
- Why might some people need to take medicines?
- Who can prescribe medicine?
- Who should administer medicine?
- What should you do if you find some medicine?
- Should you take medicine that isn’t yours?
Children should be prepared to discuss what they’ve talked about at home during our homework review next week. This homework should be completed by Thursday 31 January.
Friday 18 January 2019
Friday 18 January 2019
This week, the whole school has the same Creative homework:
I can show different ways to make things better.
This homework, which is due on Thursday 24 January, is an opportunity for children to reflect on our living & learning statement for this week: I can make things better.
Children should think about ways to make things better in a variety of different situations and contexts:
- in class
- in a friendship group
- at playtime
- at home
- with siblings
- out and about (countryside, park)
- the wider environment (recycling)
You could consider…
- Why should we try and make things better?
- How do we do this?
- When should we apologise?
- What is the effect it has on others around us when we make things better?
- Older children might want to consider the benefits of restorative justice.
Don’t forget to be creative! Produce a report or diary; capture photos of making things better; create rules for better games at play times; make a poster about how to say sorry; or, think of your own creative response.
This homework will be celebrated in our weekly homework review.
11 January 2019
This week’s homework is Practice Makes Perfect and is due on Thursday 17 January.
I can multiply two digit numbers by two digit numbers.
This week’s maths learning has been centred around multiplication using a variety of methods including using a Base Ten area model, a grid method and a more formal column method.
Children have some practice questions to complete using the method of their choosing. They could even use more than one method in order to check their working out – just like we’ve done in class.
As always, if you need any help or would like to ask any questions, please come in before the due date and I am more than happy to help. Below are some example methods for the calculation 96 x 26 that we looked at in class.
Challenge your child! Can you spot the (possibly intentional) mistake in the grid method above?
14 December 2018
This week’s homework is Talk Time:
I can reflect on my first term. I can make three targets for the next term.
Children have made a brilliant start to the year in the Autumn term. We’re asking them to reflect on what has gone well, what they could improve or what they’ve liked or disliked. We would also like children to make three targets for themselves for the coming Spring term. These targets should be SMART targets:
- Specific (Don’t be vague.)
- Measurable (Will you be able to say that you have or have not achieved it?)
- Agreed upon (Does your adult/teacher/sibling agree?)
- Realistic (Succeeding is a great feeling. Make sure you can actually achieve your goal.)
- Timed (Say when you want to achieve your target by.)
Children should be ready to discuss their reflections and targets on Thursday 20 December.
07 December 2018
This week, the whole school has the same Creative homework which should be returned by Thursday 13 December.
The children are invited to respond to something from either a cultural or spiritual perspective.
I can show what I know and think about something 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 can show what I know about a festival.
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.