Year 6 Homework

More homework? No – more encouragement

Posted on Friday 13 February 2015 by Mr Roundtree

We had a record number of parents / carers who attended parents’ evenings this week – thank you to all who showed up.

A small number of parents asked for more homework. Please bear in mind we asked your views about homework in the Annual Survey last year, and the findings were quite mixed: some thought there was too much whilst about the same proportion thought there was not enough. The majority agreed with us: the amount of homework we set is about right.

Taken from our Homework Policy, this is our rationale for giving homework:

Educational experience that a school by itself provides is limited; children benefit from wider, complementary experiences out of school. However, some prompts and guidance from school can direct these experiences and develop greater learning. We see homework as an important example of cooperation between teachers and parents / carers. An aim of our teaching is to promote independent learners; homework is one of the ways in which children can acquire the skill of independent learning.

We recognise the importance of quality family time; this policy should help to promote opportunities to be creative rather than labour over frequent worksheets or carry out activities that pupils and / or parents / carers may not understand.

Whilst homework develops children’s learning and independence, quality family time, play and free time are also important. Homework should not prevent children from taking part in wider activities such as those offered by out-of-school clubs and other organisations. Children develop their interests and skills to the full only when parents/carers encourage them to make maximum use of the opportunities available outside school.

Also in our Homework Policy is this statement:

We believe the frequency of homework set out here provides the right balance for pupils and meets the expectations of most parents (whose opinions we sought in the Annual Survey, 2014). Staff may occasionally provide additional homework; this will amount to two or three extra pieces across the year. As an alternative, staff will be happy to suggest to parents other ways they can support their child’s learning at home.

Please do not expect extra homework for you child to be set as a matter of routine. Governors want to protect teachers work / life balance, but – importantly – we believe extra homework would not be helpful for most pupils.

 

 

 

06 February 2015

Posted on Thursday 05 February 2015 by Mrs Taylor

For all children in Year 1 – Year 6, the homework this week is talk time and is due in on Wednesday 11 February.

I can prepare a speech (School Council elections).

or

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 at Moortown Primary are encouraged to take an active part in pupil voice.

Elections for our new school council will take place next Thursday 12 February 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 11 February.

What makes a good school councillor has been considered by our current school council.

  • ‘Communicating with others – pupils and adults.’
  • ‘Having good listening skills to know what to contribute in meetings.’
  • ‘Thinking of realistic ideas to suggest in meetings.’

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 over the last year.  We hope you have enjoyed this role and responsibility and you are welcome to stand again for election.

Good luck to all children who decide to stand in the elections.  Results will be announced in our assembly on Thursday 12 February.

If you choose not to stand in the election then you should consider the importance of voting.

30 January 2015

Posted on Friday 30 January 2015 by Mr Owen

This week’s homework is Talk Time and is due in on Wednesday 04 February.

I can discuss the news.

Children are learning about how to write news reports in class, and this homework will help them get to grips with some current affairs and become more familiar with the style in which journalists write.

Please read news reports with your children, either in newspapers or online, and help them look out for:

  • a summary in the first sentence or two
  • detail about what has happened (why/how/links to other events)
  • different people’s points of view (quotes/mention of a viewpoint)
  • a reference to what might happen in the future because of the news event

There is also Mathletics homework.

23 January 2015

Posted on Saturday 24 January 2015 by Mr Owen

This week, children have Talk Time homework which is due in on Wednesday 28 January 2015:

I can discuss my talents.

As part our our ‘Good To Be Me’ SEAL theme, children have been learning about how to recognise their own talents.

The discussion is designed to:

  • celebrate children’s talents (some people aren’t very good at knowing what they do well!)
  • help children know how to acknowledge talents without boasting
  • help children understand how to give and receive a compliment in a mature way
There is also Mathletics homework.

 

16 January 2015

Posted on Saturday 17 January 2015 by Mr Owen

This week’s homework is Creative.

I can show what I know about forces or materials.

Children have learnt about both forces and materials in science recently.  Our homework this week is to show what we’ve learnt.  As always with creative homework, we expect something that looks good enough for a display (neat and often coloured).

We talked through some ideas in class. Here are a few:

  • a comic strip showing forces in action
  • some force diagrams
  • a poster
  • photos and explanations of forces in action
  • photos and explanations of what materials are used for different jobs around the home (eg pans are metal because they have conduct heat well, oven gloves are thick cloth because they don’t conduct heat well)
Children also have Mathletics homework.

 

 

09 January 2015

Posted on Friday 09 January 2015 by Mr Owen

This week’s homework is Practice Makes Perfect and is due in on Wedneday 14 January. Your child also has Mathletics homework.

I can write a recount.

Children have started some work in English on recounts and have been asked to pick an event, day or occasion over the holidays that stands out for them and write a recount about it. This could take the form of a diary, or be more narrative.

We’ve discussed the following essentials for recounts:

  • past tense (use was, and opened, not is and open)
  • chronological order (the order that things happened in)
  • time connectives (First, Then, After the coach dropped us off, Before I could open my exciting present,)
  • personal thoughts, feelings and opinions (these could be hinted, not just said obviously)
  • colloquial language is allowed

 

 

12 December 2014

Posted on Friday 12 December 2014 by Mr Owen

This week, we have two Practice Makes Perfect homeworks:

I know different word classes.

Children have been given a worksheet with a reminder of various words classes on one side and some questions to answer on the other.

There is also some Mathletics activities either about numbers, or fractions.

05 December 2014

Posted on Friday 05 December 2014 by Mr Owen

This week, in addition to our other homework posted by Mrs Taylor, we have a Practice Makes Perfect task, due in on Wednesday 10 December.

I can convert measures.  

Some children have been given a sheet to complete and some have been assigned two new Mathletics activities about measures.

We’re practising our 12 times tables this week.

05 December 2014

Posted on Thursday 04 December 2014 by Mrs Taylor

The whole school homework this week is creative: children are invited to respond to something from either a cultural or 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 will have celebrated a religious festival of some sort. This might have been

  • the Muslim festival of Eid ul Adha, this year in October
  • the Sikh and Hindu festival Diwali, also in October
  • the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, coming up in December
  • the Christian festival (of course, celebrated by many non-Christians, too) of Christmas
  • the Chinese New Year festival which next year will be in February

There are lots of other festivals and celebrations which you and your child together might want to reflect on, from the anniversary of the crowning of Selassie (a festival which might be celebrated by Rastafarians) to the Winter Solstice (a Pagan festival). You can also research more festivals.

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.

Whether inspired culturally or spiritually, your child’s homework is due on Wednesday 10 December.

28 November 2014

Posted on Saturday 29 November 2014 by Mr Owen

This week our Creative homework is: I can show what I know about measuring.

We’re about to start learning about measuring length, mass and capacity and this homework will help.

Our Practice Makes Perfect homework is: I can use connectives and connective phrases.

Children have been given a worksheet to complete, following a lesson in class.