27 January 2017
This week’s homework is Creative and is a little different. It’s due on 02 February, in plenty of time to enter…
As avid readers of First News, we’ve found a competition that we’re keen to get involved in and who am I to stand in the way of an opportunity brought about by reading?!
The children have each been given a competition entry sheet and here are the instructions from the advert itself:
So, this week’s homework is to design your own wizarding professor. Here’s what I think you’ll need to do to be in with a chance of winning:
- Draw a clear, imaginative and eye-catching picture of them.
- Keep your design to the entry template – no going out of the box.
- Add some information about your professor, either with a written description to go with them, or by adding descriptive labels.
- Think outside the box – how is yours going to stand out from thousands of other entries?
As a class, we’ll choose one to send in and all have our fingers crossed.
20 January 2017
This week we have two pieces of homework. Both are due on Thursday 26 January 2016.
The first piece is Creative:
I can present my family history.
This week, we started our Time Travel topic. Although we’re focusing on entertainment, the main driver for the topic is history. This homework gives children the opportunity to do a little research of their own. We’ve discussed some ways to respond to this homework creatively in class:
- create a family tree
- write a short report based on your family
- celebrate your family’s cultural roots through a poster, song or video
- create a presentation board about your family’s history
- research one family member’s life in detail and write about this person
The second piece of homework is Practice Makes Perfect:
I can make inferences.
Have a go at the comprehension activity at home before we go through in class on Thursday.
Remember to read the text thoroughly and try to back up your answers using evidence from the text when necessary. Also, check your own understanding by seeing if you can explain your answer to somebody else in your family. To make sure this impacts on your learning, notice what you’re confident with and what you might need to practise so that we can discuss this in class and you know yourself what to work on.
13 January 2017
This week’s Practice Makes Perfect homework focuses on our SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) skills.
Have a go at the mini test at home before we go through it together in class on Thursday 19 January.
Check your own understanding by seeing if you can explain your answer to somebody else in your family, letting them know the tricks you’ve got for remembering what’s what. To make sure this impacts on your learning, notice what you’re confident with and what you might need to practise so that we can discuss this in class and you know yourself what to work on.
13 January 2017
This week’s homework is Talk Time and will be discussed on Thursday 19 January.
I recognise my own and other people’s talents.
Around the dinner table, in the car, walking to the shops, discuss what talents you and your family have. Don’t forget to write some notes so that you can share your talents with us in class.
06 January 2017
This week, as normal, we have two pieces of homework. Both are due in on Thursday 12 January 2017.
The first piece is Creative:
I can see science all around me.
Science is everywhere. We see loads of examples of science in action without even realising; we take it for granted when we drop something and it falls to the floor.
Our Creative homeworks are always great and I know that the children will have some great ideas. However, if they are struggling for inspiration, here’s a few ideas:
- take pictures of everyday things and explain the science behind them. For example, why does a ball roll down a hill?
- create a video diary of all the examples of science you can see in your home.
- conduct a scientific investigation about a common event.
- prepare a practical demonstration of ‘everyday’ science.
We also discussed others in class.
The second piece of homework this week is Practice Makes Perfect:
I can proof-read for spelling mistakes.
Children have been given a passage of text with numerous spelling mistakes. Children should read the text and correct any spelling mistakes they can find (many of which are common in our writing).
As usual, if there any problems, please do not hesitate to contact me. Early in the week is best as it allows us time to find a solution that is best for your child.
09 December 2016
This week’s homework is Creative and will be reviewed on Thursday 15 December.
Convince someone to love reading.
I love reading and truly believe that everybody else should, too! Not just because it’s enjoyable but because of how much it helps our learning. Many of Year 6 love reading for a number of reasons and there’ll be some of us that don’t. Think about why you love reading (if you do) and how you can convince someone else (or yourself) that they should, too. We’ve discussed some ideas as a class and here’s what we came up with. You could:
- interview members of your family about their passion for reading
- turn your favourite book into a short movie
- create a trailer for the film version of a book
- cook a recipe from your favourite recipe book
- write part of the prequel/sequel to your favourite book
- create a poster to advertise your favourite book
- create a fake interview with your favourite author
- research the benefits of reading lots and create some statistics
And, many more…
09 December 2016
This week’s Practice Makes Perfect homework revises all of the wonderful work we’ve done on fractions since half term – we should be fraction masters by now!
To be able to calculate with fractions.
I’ve created addition, subtraction, multiplication and division questions, all of which we’ve learnt how to solve this term, for the children to go over, remind themselves how to do it and not make any silly mistakes. We’ll go through the answers together on Thursday 15 December 2016.
It’s easy to think your child is safe once they’re indoors. And it’s easy to think your child will always be responsible and safe online.
However, most older children and young people can be on-line, meaning they’re not quite so protected as you might think. And it’s easier than you think for a child to make a choice that they wouldn’t do in person.
Increasingly, we’re being told of problems on social networking sites. These include grooming.
The ‘zipit’ app is a download from Childline for iOS and Android. The app aims to help young people safely respond to requests for inappropriate images by sending back a ‘joke’ image. Using it might help your child maintain some credibility as well as staying safe.
02 December 2016
This week’s Practice Makes Perfect homework is in response to a SPaG test we’ve done this week and the mistakes we’ve picked out and addressed as a class.
Work your way through the questions, remembering what we’ve gone over together. See whether you can explain your answers clearly to an adult as this will not only prove that you understand but also improve your understanding. As a class, we’ll look through these questions together on Thursday 08 December, 2016.
02 December 2016
This week’s Talk Time homework focuses on the 8Rs for learning: reflect, remember, resilience,responsibility, safe risk, resourceful, respond, readiness.
We’ve come to the end of our SEAL theme which focuses on these Rs so it’s now time to engage our reflection skills and decide which we’re good at and which we need to improve on. Think about each R in turn and decide whether this is a strength or a weakness for you. Then consider how you can maintain those which are strengths and improve those which are weaknesses.
We’ll discuss our strengths and weaknesses on Thursday 08 December so make sure you’ve made notes and have your book for then.