06 December 2019
This week, the whole school has the same Creative homework, which should be returned by Thursday 12 December.
The children are invited to respond to something from either a cultural or a 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.
29 November 2019
I know how shadows are formed.
The homework this week is a creative homework. Children are expected to bring in this homework on Friday 6th December for their homework review.
As the homework is creative, you can respond to the statement in any way you like. Here are a few ideas to help you:
- Use the scientific diagram skills you have learnt in class to help you annotate some photographs of shadows. You could take these at home or when you’re out and about.
- Create a cartoon strip of how shadows are formed.
- Record a time-lapse video of the shadows in your garden over a day.
As always, if you need any help, come and see me before the deadline.
Friday 22 November 2019
This week, the whole school has the same Talk Time homework: Which charity should our school support?
Next week, a charity will be decided for us to support for the year ahead – for example, when we have a performance, we’ll collect money for this particular charity. What charity does your child think we should support?
You could talk about:
- what a charity is
- why charities are important
- what sort of work they do
- charities that have meaning to your family, to school or the community
- national and international charities and their work
Next week, each class will vote (because in our school we make democratic decisions) for the charity they would like to support to form a shortlist. Then, our recently elected School Council will decide which charity we will support for the next year.
Friday 15 November 2019
Friday 15 November 2019
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 21 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 we can 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, 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.
08 November 2019
This week’s homework is Talk Time ahead of next week which is Anti-Bullying week.
What does ‘Change Starts With Us’ mean?
We will discuss our homework in class on Thursday 14 November.
Friday 11 October 2019
Friday 11 October 2019
This week, the whole school has the same Talk Time homework. In preparation for the upcoming School Council elections, children should complete one of the following tasks:
- I can prepare a speech (School Council elections).
- I know the importance of voting.
It’s time for children to consider if they would like to stand for election for our new School Council. With two representatives from each class chosen democratically by their peers, all children are encouraged to take an active part in pupil voice.
Elections for our new school council will take place on Thursday 24 October with our polling station and ballot boxes at the ready. Candidates will have the opportunity to give their election speech in class to their peers.
What makes a good school councillor has been considered by our current school council.
- ‘use all the 8 Rs for learning’
- ‘be respectful’
- ‘help others’
- ‘be a good speaker and listener (to members of your class and in the meetings)’
- ‘tell the truth’
- ‘be confident with your ideas’
- ‘accept the views of others even if you don’t agree’
- ‘be friendly and approachable’
- ‘make good choices in class and around school’
Hints for your speech include:
- What skills and abilities would a good school councillor have?
- What are you particularly good at that would help you to be a great school councillor?
- What do you think would make the school better?
- What could you do that people would really like?
- Think of things that are realistic, maybe that you could do yourself, rather than having to ask other people to do.
Thank you to our current school councillors for all their ideas and contributions. We hope you have enjoyed this role and responsibility. You’re welcome to stand again for election.
Good luck to all children who decide to stand in the elections.
If you choose not to stand in the election, you should instead consider the importance of voting.
04 October 2019
This week is a whole school, moral themed homework which is Talk Time:
Should everybody become a vegan?
After looking at a poems across the week called Greta Thunberg, Refugees and Rang-Tan, Y5 and Y6 have had lots of discussions and debates about the environment, politics and animal welfare. Children have been asked to think of this moral, thought-provoking question from as many different view points as they can – not just ones that align with their own. Be ready to contribute your findings in class on Thursday 10 October 2019.
Friday 27 September 2019
This week, the whole school has the same Creative homework: I can see maths all around me.
Maths is all around us. But, how often do we appreciate this? This homework is all about spotting maths in our everyday lives and we’re exposed to it more than we realise sometimes. We’d like to children to find some examples of maths from their everyday lives and show these creatively. There are many examples of maths in the world around us but here are a few examples:
- travel, TV or film timetables
- measuring ingredients
- finding examples of shapes in buildings
- counting out objects
- spending money when shopping
- distances on road signs
- %s in sales
- cutting food into the correct amount of slices or pieces
Children should be ready to celebrate their learning in our weekly homework review in class by Thursday 03 October 2019.
Please note: this homework should take no longer than 30 minutes.
20 September 2019
This week’s homework is Practice Makes Perfect and is due in on Thursday 26 September.
I can divide numbers by 2 digit numbers.
In class, we’ve been learning how to use the factor pair method when dividing by a 2 digit, composite number. If you need any help, pop in and see me before the due date.
13 September 2019
Ahead of next week’s Living and Learning theme, this week’s homework is Talk Time and will be discussed in class on Thursday 19 September.
I know when to and when not to take risks and responsibility.
Have a chat at home about scenarios when you should take risks and responsibility but on the flip side, when shouldn’t you do either?
We’re going to have a debate in class, so be ready to contribute what was spoken about at home!