14 January 2011
We’re revising our 5 times tables this week, but don’t forget that means our 50 and possibly 500 times tables too. Children should also know ‘division facts’ based on these multiplications!
For example: 5 x 8 = 40, so 40÷ 8 = 5
Our homework this week is Talk Time and is due in on Wednesday 19 January.
I can use connectives to discuss – “Is it ever OK to steal?”
Children have had plenty of practice to use connectives over this year and previous ones. Research shows direct links between the spoken language children use and are exposed to and their written language.
So, please, for this discussion:
- Turn the TV off!
- Get a few adults together if possible to join in
- Ask the adults to go first – “I think it would OK to steal if ______, because _____.” and then “I totally disagree! It’s never OK to steal because ______, although _____.” This gives children a chance to see some connectives (because and although) in action and how adults disagree politely.
- Use some words you don’t think your child uses / knows and explain their meanings
- Put a comment in their homework book.
07 November 2011
We’re revising the 4 times table this week.
This week’s homework is Creative.
I can find materials to make a robot sculpture.
We’re doing a mini-topic on robots at the moment and next week we’re hoping to make robot sculptures. Children should try to bring in any of the following things if possible (although I know it’s not always that easy!):
- Cardboard boxes (small ones like cereal or shoe boxes etc)
- Cardboard tubes (old Christmas wrapping tubes or kitchen rolls – not toilet rolls please)
- Margerine tubs or similar
- Plastic bottles
- Bottle tops (for buttons!)
We’re going to make our robots on Thursday, so children have an extra day to scavenge!
…so there are no spelling lists, tables or other homework this week.
Enjoy reading, writing (and possibly making?) Christmas cards, reflecting on this term’s topics and other activities.
03 December 2010
This week’s homework is Practice Makes Perfect.
I can multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000.
Children have over the past few weeks been practising multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000 during introductions to some of their maths lessons. This homework should consolidate this learning.
The important things to remember:
- When multiplying by 10, move all of the digits one place to the left (so 17.3 x 10 becomes 173).
- When dividing by 10, move all of the digits to the right (so 17.3 ÷ 10 = 1.73).
- We try to avoid saying “just add a zero” because it doesn’t work with decimals like the example given above.
- A somewhat controversial trick is to “move the decimal point”. This is sometimes frowned upon because it doesn’t help children to understand that when multiplying or dividing by 10, you’re actually making the numbers 10 times bigger or smaller. Having said this, if children can understand it, the trick of moving the decimal point might make their calculations easier.
Children will be given a question sheet to practise multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000.
26 November 2010
This week’s homework is Talk Time and is about our SEAL statement this week.
I can talk about how to keep calm or help others calm down.
Children should discuss ways of helping someone that is really upset, angry or sad, to calm down. They should also be able to talk about the sorts of things they do to calm down when they’re feeling upset.
We’ve done work in class on this theme, as well as in our SEAL assemblies, so children should have a lot of things to talk to adults at home about.
Please ensure that children have something written in their homework books, even if it’s just notes or bullet points, so that we can see that they’ve discussed it! A short comment from an adult at home would be great too.
November 18 2010
Your homework this week is creative and is due on Wednesday 24 November.
I can express my opinions about our Victorian Day.
We had lots of fun and interactive learning on Victorian Day. This creative homework is to explain all about the events and activities that the children experienced during the day.
This piece of work could be:
- a picture collage
- an illustrated list
- your own idea!
12 November 2010
Your homework this week is Creative and is due in on Wednesday 17 November.
I can get into role and express myself as a Victorian character.
Next week, we are having a Victorian Day. Children have been asked to come dressed as a Victorian character and produce a piece of work about their character. They will be asked to talk about their work for five minutes on Victorian Day.
This piece of work could be:
- A PowerPoint
- A biography
- A timeline
- A cartoon strip about your life in Victorian times
- An interview with you answering questions about your life
or, of course, your own idea!
Remember: stick to one page in your homework book and extend the page if you need to!
05 November 2010
This week’s homework is Creative and is due on Wednesday 10 November.
I can show what I have learnt about Silas Marner.
We’ve been finding out about the story of Silas Marner, a story set in Victorian times, centred around a man wrongly accused of stealing his community’s money. He is found guilty of the crime by the drawing of lots, a system which many thought was unfair, and was rejected from his home. Trying to come to terms with this betrayal, he seaches for somewhere to live and eventually finds the village of Raveloe.
You must be creative and show what you have learnt so far. You could concentrate on one part, or try and represent all of what you’ve found out.
You could create a:
- small wanted poster for the theft of the community’s money
- a map of Raveloe
- a comic strip of the story so far
- a picture of Silas on his journey, including an x-ray of his bag
- some of the thoughts Silas had when he learnt that he was framed
Try to be as creative as possible within the A4 page limit. Some of the creations for the last piece of homework were wonderful – let’s make these even better!
Our policy is not to give homework in the holidays. However, if you’d like to support your child’s learning at home, have a look at the Homework Tips for Parents (which has ideas for extra practice) and the National Expectations section (which should give you some ideas about what to learn more about).
Don’t forget: all children should be reading on a daily basis: comics, books, websites. Why not make a trip to the library this holiday?
Older children should also practise times tables (why not re-cap all the tables you’ve practised so far this year?).
15 October 2010
This week’s homework is Creative and is due on Wednesday 20 October.
I can produce a piece of work for a display about Victorians.
We’ve been learning a lot about Victorians since our topic started. We’ve been finding out about what schools were like, children’s jobs and the British colonies. This is a fantastic opportunity to create something really exciting to display on our classroom wall that demonstrates your knowledge.
You could create a:
- small poster to warn of the dangers of coal mining for children (A5 would be perfect!)
- job advert for a chimney sweep
- labelled map of the British colonies with examples of imports from those countries (maybe even real materials!)
- drawing of Queen Victoria with a speech bubble
- drawing of a Victorian school
- question about something you’d still like to find out – but make it interesting! How about a picture too?
I can’t wait to see what you come up with. I know the completed tasks will all have the high standards that we expect in Class 5.