02 October 2015 – Talk Time
This week’s homework is Talk Time and is due on Wednesday 07 October.
Some people leave to go holiday and some people leave because they have to.
Lots of us like to go on holiday but some people are forced to move away from their homes. Why might people have to leave when others don’t have to? How would you feel if you were forced to move away from your home? Where would you go?
25 September 2015
This week we have Creative and Practice Makes Perfect (Mathletics) homework which is due on Wednesday 30 September.
I can write a poem.
We’ve been learning about poetry all week, looking at different types and features, and writing and performing them, too. There are lots of types of poetry and this week’s homework is to write one or more of their own. There are some descriptions and examples below and you could also look here for more information and ideas.
Each line has a set number of syllables see below:
Line 1: 2 syllables
Line 2: 4 syllables
Line 3: 6 syllables
Line 4: 8 syllables
Line 5: 2 syllables
My mum (2 syllables)
Is so caring (4 syllables)
She is always helpful (6 syllables)
She is so beautiful and kind (8 syllables)
Love you. (2 syllables)
Unlike any other
A haiku is a Japanese poem which can also be known as a hokku. A Haiku is a type of poetry that can be written on many themes, from love to nature. A haiku consists of 3 lines and 17 syllables.
Each line has a set number of syllables:
Line 1 – 5 syllables
Line 2 – 7 syllables
Line 3 – 5 syllables
(5) The sky is so blue.
(7) The sun is so warm up high.
(5) I love the summer.
Haikus don’t need to rhyme, but for more of a challenge some poets try to rhyme lines 1 and 3. For example…
(5) I really like toast.
(7) It is yummy when it’s hot.
(5) I like it best cold.
(5) Beans are kind to hearts.
(7) I like to eat them daily.
(5) And then do big farts!
A shape poem is a type of poetry that describes an object and is shaped the same as the object the poem is describing. You could write your shape poem on anything. An example can be found here.
A limerick is often a funny poem with a strong beat. Limericks are very light hearted poems and can sometimes be utter nonsense. They are great for kids to both read and write as they are short and funny. A limerick consists of five lines.
- The first line of a limerick poem usually begins with ‘There was a….’ and ends with a name, person or place.
- The last line of a limerick is normally a little farfetched or unusual.
- A limerick should have a rhyme scheme of aabba: lines 1,2 and 5 rhyme and lines 3 and 4 rhyme.
- Lines 1,2 and 5 should have 7 – 10 syllables and lines 3 and 4 should have 5 – 7 syllables.
Here’s one by Edwards Lear:
There was an old man with a beard
Who said, ‘It is just as I feared,
Two owls and a hen
A lark and a wren
Have all built their nests in my beard!’
18 September 2015
This week we have Talk Time and Practice Makes Perfect homework which is due on Wednesday 23 September 2015.
I can discuss holidays.
Over dinner one day, discuss the topic ‘Holidays’ with the people in your house:
- What is the best holiday you’ve been on? (This might be a family holiday, a day out or even a school trip.)
- Why do people go on holiday?
- Where do people go on holiday and why?
- Where would your dream holiday destination be?
- What would you like to find out about in our Holidays Big Topic?
Talk Time homework – This involves a discussion topic eg ‘Should animals be kept in zoos?’ Children should make notes (even pictures, diagrams etc) ready to participate in a class / group discussion on the topic. Please make sure you write a comment about the Talk Time discussions in the homework books.
Top Tips: Turn the telly off! Sit around the dining table! Have a chat and share opinions and ideas! Children should talk with family, friends and each other. (Your child should write some notes in their Homework Books.)
Our Practice Makes Perfect homework is:
I can use conjunctions.
Children have a worksheet which will help them practise their use of conjunctions – words like ‘but’, ‘so’, ‘because’, ‘if’, ‘although’ and ‘despite’. We’ve been practising using these sort of words in the last couple of weeks and this homework will aid them in using conjunctions in their every day writing.
11 September 2015
This week’s homework is creative:
I can create a ‘Lost Thing’.
We’ve read lots of our class novel now, ‘The Lost Thing’ by Shaun Tan. Children’s homework this week is to create their own Lost Thing: a completely imaginary creature which is part animal and part machine. They’re weird but wonderful and this homework is a chance to get really creative – children could draw, paint, write or sculpture their own Lost Thing. I look forward to seeing the results! For inspiration, here’s the one from our novel:
We also have Practice Makes Perfect homework: Mathletics!
10 July 2015
This week’s whole school homework involves completing the pupil health questionnaire sent home with your child.
I can share my views about health.
This annual questionnaire has been compiled in consultation with our school council and helps us to find out pupil views on some of our key health issues at school. Please support your child to complete the health questionnaire by discussing these issues. The questionnaire should be returned to your class teacher by Wednesday 15 July.
03 July 2015
I can complete a diary about my lifestyle.
This includes what snacks they eat, how much they exercise do and how long they spend doing different activities. The homework has come from Mrs Taylor, who leads health in our school – it doesn’t take long to fill in and is used by local government to understand what children’s lives are like and how healthy they are. The diaries remain confidential and personal information will not be discussed in school if children don’t want to.
26 June 2015
This week’s homework is Practice Makes Perfect.
I can learn my lines and lyrics.
With our production of Alice in Wonderland getting ever closer, I’m really keen for us to be able to concentrate on acting and singing in rehearsals, so this homework is designed to make sure we can. Please help your child learn any lines that they need to know, and everyone needs to know their lyrics off by heart.
We don’t want to rely on either scripts or lyrics next week!
12 June 2015
This week’s homework is creative.
I can show how to become a better learner.
This links in with this week’s SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) statement. Children should think about how they, and others, could become better learners and show it in their homework books.
Here are a few ideas:
- a poem about how to be a better learner
- a reflection on how they’ve become a better learner over their time in school
- a comic strip
- a newspaper article, eg with a headline: ‘Fantastic Learner Smashes Record!’
05 June 2015
This week’s homework is creative.
I can show what I know about Alice in Wonderland.
We’ve recently begun rehearsing for our end of year production of Alice in Wonderland and started to watch it in class. Children have suggested this homework to follow on from our rehearsals. We discussed various ideas for our homework in class:
- Draw a portrait of a character
- Make a model of something in the story, such as the Mad Hatter’s hat
- Create a comic of part of the story
- Write a poem based on a character
- Perform and record a scene or two
We also have Mathletics homework.
15 May 2015
The homework this week is Creative and is due Wednesday 20 May:
Who do you think you are?
Next week, we embark on five days of learning about identity, diversity and community. Your child is required to think about themselves and what makes them who they are.
Creative homework is a great way for your child to engage with their homework any way they choose. I’ll be looking for homework with some creative flair as well as some refinement and finesse. Ideas could range from:
- a family tree
- a personal timeline
- a comic strip depicting their life journey
I’m looking forward to finding out what makes each child who they are and the themed week is sure to be a successful one!