Year 6 Homework

11 June 2021

Posted on Friday 11 June 2021 by Nicky Russell

This week, the whole school has the same Talk Time homework: I can talk about an activity I enjoy that doesn’t involve screen time.

As part of National Screen Free Week, we’ll be exploring how we can reduce screen time in school and want the children to continue this at home, too. Screens have become an integral part of entertainment and learning but we want the children to focus on having fun away from the screen, too.

You might:

  • talk about what you do for fun that isn’t screen-based
  • have a screen-free hour, day, week
  • try a new activity that is away from the screen
  • talk about why time away from screens is important

Next week, each class will share what they’ve discussed at home, hopefully offering lots of ideas for how to enjoy ourselves without the use of a screen.

(Incidentally, we’re not saying screen time is a bad thing – and in fact, we encourage your child to use Numbots and Times Tables Rock Stars. It’s all about finding a good balance – and not being on an electronic device too close to bedtime.)

21 May 2021

Posted on Friday 21 May 2021 by Nicky Russell

This week, the whole school Talk Time homework is 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.

14 May 2021 – Times tables

Posted on Friday 14 May 2021 by Mark Mills

Times Tables

This week, we will focus on all the times tables. 

Children should be ready for a test on Thursday 20 May 2021. Make sure you have a very quick recall of the multiplication facts up to the 12 x 12.

Here are a few examples of the kinds of questions children could be asked and the type of questions children could be practising in addition to the times table facts:

16,000 ÷ 8

70 x 80

88 ÷ 11 =

440 ÷ 4 =

14 May 2021

Posted on Friday 14 May 2021 by Nicky Russell

The whole-school Talk Time homework this week is I know the key vocabulary from our Computing topic.

As we come to the end of our Computing topic, your child should have come across the following vocabulary:

Y1, 2

  • algorithm – a sequence of instructions or a set of rules to get something done
  • program – a collection of algorithms
  • debug – to find and fix errors in algorithms
  • computer – a type of machine that can follow instructions and do useful things
  • password – a string of letters, numbers or symbols which give you access to something (eg a computer, a service like Numbots)
  • personal information – information that can be used to identify you (eg age, school, address, password)
  • appropriate – something that is suitable

Y3, 4

  • program – a collection of algorithms
  • repetition – to repeat the execution of certain instructions
  • sequence – to arrange instructions in a particular order
  • logical reasoning – helps us explain why something happens
  • sprite – a 2d character in a computer game
  • decomposition – the process of breaking down a task into smaller, more-manageable parts
  • input – data sent to a computer system from a device (eg keyboard, mouse, microphone)
  • output – data sent out of a computer system via a device (eg monitor, printer, speaker)
  • digital footprint – information about a particular person that exists on the internet as a result of their online activity

Y5,6

  • program – a collection of algorithms
  • repetition – to repeat the execution of certain instructions
  • sequence – to arrange instructions in a particular order
  • selection – choosing to execute one set of instructions over another
  • variable – something that is stored in a program and can be changed or used (eg a timer, a score, a number of lives left)
  • logical reasoning – helps us explain why something happens
  • simulation – modelling a real-world or imaginary situation
  • search engine – program that searches for and identifies items on the internet using complex algorithms

Discuss these words together:

  • Can your child explain to you what they mean?
  • Can they use any of them in a sentence?
  • Can they suggest how some of the words link together?
  • Can they tell you about the learning in school which linked to a certain word?

Next week, each class will reflect on this topic vocabulary and what they have learnt this half term.

07 May 2021

Posted on Friday 07 May 2021 by Mark Mills

This week, the whole school has the same Talk Time homework:  I know the positives and negatives of gaming.

This half term, our topic is computing. For homework, we would like you to talk to someone about gaming and how it might have a positive or negative impact on our lives.

Here are a few points you may want to explore:

Do certain types of games have more of a negative/positive impact, why?
How does it impact on:
 social skills?
 communication?
 physical and mental health?
 perseverance?
 reading and maths skills?
 memory?
 concentration?
Be ready to discuss your ideas in class on Thursday 13 May.

 

Times Tables

This week, we will focus on the 11 x table.
Children should be ready for a test on Thursday 13 May 2021. Make sure you have a very quick recall of the multiplication facts up to the 11 x 12.

Here are a few examples of the kinds of questions children could be asked and the type of questions children could be practising in addition to the times table facts:
11,000 ÷ 100
1.1 x 10
99 ÷ 11 =
550 ÷ 11 =

30 April 2021

Posted on Friday 30 April 2021 by Mark Mills

This week, the whole school has the same Talk Time homework: I know how to solve a problem. 

Have a discussion with somebody at home about problems you may encounter in the classroom, playground or outside of school. Can you come up with three solutions for each problem? 

Be ready to discuss your ideas in class on Thursday 06 May. 

 

Times Tables

This week, we will focus on the 12 x table. 

Children should be ready for a test on Thursday 06 May 2021. Make sure you have a very quick recall of the multiplication facts up to the 12 x 12.

Here are a few examples of the kinds of questions children could be asked and the type of questions children could be practising in addition to the times table facts: 

12,000 ÷ 100

1.2 x 10

48 ÷ 12 =

600 ÷ 12 =

23 April 2021

Posted on Friday 23 April 2021 by Mr Catherall

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. We’ll focus our fundraising efforts on supporting this 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, your school or your community
  • national / 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 Junior Leadership Team will decide which charity we will support for the next year.

Adults: before you discuss this with your child, check out this week’s Friday message from Mr Roundtree on the main news section of our website – it contains information about how we support charities and some points we’d like you to discuss with your child.

23 April 2021 – Times tables

Posted on Friday 23 April 2021 by Mark Mills

This week, we will focus on the 9 x table. 

Children should be ready for a test on Thursday 29 April 2021. Make sure you have a very quick recall of the multiplication facts up to the 9 x 12.

Here are a few examples of the kinds of questions children could be asked and the type of questions children could be practising in addition to the times table facts: 

9000 ÷ 100

0.9 x 10

54 ÷ 9 =

990 ÷ 9 =

 

26 March 2021

Posted on Friday 26 March 2021 by Mr Catherall

This week, the whole school has the same Talk Time homework. In preparation for the upcoming Junior Leadership Team (formerly the School Council) elections, children should complete one of the following tasks:

  • I can prepare a speech (Junior Leadership Team 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 Junior Leadership Team (JLT).  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 01 April with our polling station and ballot boxes at the ready.  Candidates will have the opportunity to give their election speech to their class on Wednesday 31 March ahead of a democratic vote on Thursday 01 April.

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.

19 March 2021

Posted on Friday 19 March 2021 by Mr Catherall

19 March 2021

This week our homework is Creative: I can show different ways to stay safe, including how to seek help.

In the first half-term, we promoted resilience as one of our Rs for learning. However, we can’t be resilient in all situations, at all times. It’s important for people to recognise when things seem overwhelming – and ask for help. It’s also important that children know how to stay safe. 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 how to seek help if they need it. This could be done in any creative way:

  • A story
  • A poem
  • Instructions
  • A comic strip
  • An advert
  • An interview
  • A game
  • Scenarios

…or any other creative ideas!

Please send any completed homework to your child’s class teacher via email and it will be reviewed as part of our weekly homework review.