Year 6 Homework

21 November 2014

Posted on Sunday 23 November 2014 by Mr Owen

This week’s Practice Makes Perfect homework is, again, on Mathletics – it’s about mean, median and mode averages, which some of the class taught the rest on Friday as part of Takeover Day. This is in addition to their Creative homework set by Mrs Taylor (see next post).

 

21 November 2014

Posted on Thursday 20 November 2014 by Mrs Taylor

Following our Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds themed week, our whole school creative homework this week is:

I know how to have a healthy body and healthy mind.

Each class has taken part in a variety of learning this week including a range of visitors to support our teaching of keeping healthy bodies and healthy minds.  These include physical activities such as karate, tai chi, tennis, Leeds United football, assemblies by Leeds Rhinos and Leeds anti-social behaviour unit, class talks by Heart Research UK, d:side (drug education), various parents with health-related jobs and visits to Tesco for their Farm to Fork scheme and Allerton Grange.  Class-based learning has also included dental health, hand-washing, the importance of sleep and breakfast, healthy eating and food preparation and mental health.

Your child could present this creative homework in a variety of different ways:

  • a quiz which tests the knowledge of other children
  • art work
  • poetry
  • a poster
  • writing: diary, story, letter, instructions, report
  • a rap
  • a mindmap
  • your own creative idea

We look forward to seeing your creative ideas to demonstrate how to keep a healthy body and healthy mind.

Please return this homework by Wednesday 26 November.

14 November 2014

Posted on Saturday 15 November 2014 by Mr Owen

This week, children have been set activities on Mathletics again, instead of their normal Practice Makes Perfect homework. Some of these activities are about adding and subtracting decimals which the class have had plenty of practice with.

Our Talk Time homework is:

I can use impressive vocabulary.

Children have been asked to talk with adults to decide on at least five new words and learn how to use them in sentences. Notes or sentences should be written in homework books to remind children of how to use the words in context, but to check children have done their homework I will be asking them to write sentences with these words in without their homework books.

07 November 2014

Posted on Friday 07 November 2014 by Mr Owen

This week, children have been set activities on Mathletics instead of their normal Practice Makes Perfect homework. Some of these activities are about probability, which we’ve learnt about this week, and others recap on graphs and tables knowledge (again, we’ve touched on these this week).

Our creative homework is:

I can show how to be safe.

This follows on from our learning for our assembly this week. Children should find out about to stay safe and then present their findings creatively (iPads are allowed – email finished homeworks to y6@moortown.leeds.sch.uk).

Children could choose one of these situations, or find a new one to stay safe in:

  • food
  • rail
  • road
  • stranger
  • smoking
  • bullying
  • coastal/water
  • online

It’s half-term…

Posted on Thursday 23 October 2014 by Mr Roundtree

…so there’s no specific homework this week, apart from ensuring your child spends at least 20 minutes each day reading and 5-10 minutes learning their number bonds / times tables.

Enjoy your October break. If you stay in Leeds, check out all the activities the museums and art galleries have on offer.

17 October 2014

Posted on Saturday 18 October 2014 by Mr Owen

This week, our homeworks are Practice Makes Perfect and Talk Time and are due in on Wednesday 22  October.

PMP: I can calculate area. 

Children have been learning about how to calculate the area of compound shapes (shapes made up of two or more other rectangles or triangles). They have a worksheet to complete this week: either one which is just like the one we did in class, or one that includes triangles too.

As always, please encourage children to find me before Wednesday if they need further help. Monday is best!

Talk Time: Paper books or eReaders?

More and more people are reading using an electronic device like an eReader or a tablet instead of traditional books. What do you think about this change? Do members of your family have different opinions?

When discussing topics at home, encourage your child to use connectives to signpost their ideas. Use the table below as a guide:

time

adding

(see also some time links)

problem

(or ‘opposing’)

reason + result

explaining

Firstly, / First of all, / Secondly, 

Next,

After that,

Finally,

Meanwhile,

Then, / Just then,

Suddenly,

Later,

 

Also, 

In addition, / Additionally,

Furthermore,

Moreover,

As well as this,

Besides,

Another point is …

Not only that,

To make matters worse,

However*, 

In spite of this,

On the other hand,

Yet,

Nevertheless,

Contrary to this,

In contrast,

Despite this,

Despite followed by a thing: Despite the fact that…,  Despite with an ing: feeling tired,

As a result, 

Consequently,

As a consequence,

Therefore

Due to this,

Because of this,

This results in…

The reason for this is…

For example, 

In other words,

That is to say,

By this, I mean…

The explanation for this is…

10 October 2014

Posted on Friday 10 October 2014 by Mr Owen

This week, our homeworks are Practice Makes Perfect and Creative and are due in on Wednesday 15 October.

PMP: I can reflect shapes. 

Children have been learning about how to reflect shapes across mirror lines and have been given two small worksheets to complete for homework (exactly the same sort of questions as done in class today). While I know most children won’t have a mirror at home with which to look at shapes, we have discussed how to reflect by counting dots and/or squares to the mirror.

As always, please encourage children to find me before Wednesday if they need further help.

Creative: I can design a coat of arms. 

As part of our Big Topic on our Class Novel, we’re planning on doing some printing of coats of arms. Children have been asked to design their own coat of arms and been reminded of what they are historically and what it might mean for them now: symbols and pictures which represent who they are as a person.

Here are some real life examples:

Some can get very ornate, but I’m not looking for anything this detailed because we won’t be able to print them…

03 October 2014

Posted on Friday 03 October 2014 by Mr Owen

This week, our homeworks are Practice Makes Perfect and Creative and are due in on Wednesday 08 October.

PMP: I can find percentages of quantities. 

Children have been introduced or reminded of  how to calculate percentages of quantities using what we call ‘the 10% method’ where we find 10% and use this knowledge to work out other %s, such as 5% (by halving 10%) or 20% (by doubling 10%). Children have been given a worksheet to complete which includes examples to remind them of how we calculated like this in class.

As always, please encourage children to find me before Wednesday if they need further help.

Creative: I can create a fantasy item advert. 

As part of our English lessons and with a link to our Class Novel topic, we’re going to write promotional texts next week and this homework will help children prepare. They’ve been asked to create an advert for something that might be sold in our fantasy book.

Some of the ideas shared were:

  • A wizard’s hat
  • Dragon saddles
  • Magical swords
  • Spell books
  • Armour
  • Grim reaper’s scythe
I’m not looking for a  full, written piece of promotional text – we’re doing this in class based on this homework. Children need to remember to include a price, picture and the features and benefits of the product (why people should buy it!).

26 September 2014

Posted on Friday 26 September 2014 by Mr Owen

This week, our homeworks are Practice Makes Perfect and Creative and are due in on Wednesday 01 October.

We’re now setting two homeworks per week in Y5 and Y6 – this is in response to parental feedback requesting more Practice Makes Perfect (PMP) homework. Each week we now have a PMP piece and either Creative or Talk Time.

PMP: I can use abstract nouns. 

Children have been introduced or reminded of the names for lots of different sorts of words, including abstract nouns. Abstract nouns are feelings, conditions or ideas. They often go hand in hand with an adjective (a word that describes someone or something). The table below demonstrates the difference and gives some examples:

adjective abstract noun
happy happiness
joyful joy
fearful fear
loving / lovely love
angry anger

Children have been given a worksheet to complete which asks them to match ‘being an adjective‘ to ‘having an abstract noun‘. For example: if you are ‘being angry’, you ‘have anger’.

As always, please encourage children to find me before Wednesday if they need further help.

Creative: I can design a catapult.

As part of our Class Novel topic, we’ve drawn castles among other things… Now we’re wondering how people used to attack and defend these. One such weapon was a catapult! We’ve looked at some designs online, so everyone knows what a catapult is and roughly what a design of one might look like. I showed the class a brief example of my own, and asked for three specific things from this homework: a drawing (not coloured), labels (all printed and horizontal) and reasons for choosing various materials. Children have been told to design catapults that could realistically be made at school using limited materials – a list was written down in books, but basic other supplies are likely to be available too.

I’ve encouraged children to look online and have offered the use of school iPads at break and lunchtime if children need more access to the web: I know big and little brothers and sisters, mums and dads can often hog the computers at times! Internet access for ideas isn’t essential, however, as we’ve all looked online already anyway.

We’ll make the best designs next week so I can’t wait to see what Year 6 come up with!

19 September 2014

Posted on Friday 19 September 2014 by Mr Owen

This week, our homeworks are Practice Makes Perfect and Talk Time and are due in on Wednesday 24 September.

We are now setting two homeworks per week in Y5 and Y6 – this is in response to parental feedback requesting more Practice Makes Perfect (PMP) homework. Each week we will have a PMP piece and either Creative or Talk Time.

PMP: I can solve calculation problems. 

Children have been practising addition and subtraction in Maths this week and have been given a worksheet (or two, by their request) to complete. Children should use methods taught in class: number lines and column addition and subtraction.

If there are any questions about the homework, I’ve told children it’s best to find me on Monday or Tuesday.

Talk Time: I can describe a character.

We’re learning about narratives in English at the moment and describing characters is one part of this. For this homework, children have been given pictures of fantasy characters (linking with our Big Topic based on Fighting Fantasy books) and asked to describe the character depicted.
It’s important that this is Talk Time, so please discuss the picture with your child and use as many interesting and sophisticated words as you can. Children should write notes in their books to keep a record of the descriptive ideas they’ve discussed with you, so that they can turn these into character descriptions on Wednesday.
To create a full understanding of the character, discuss:
  • speech
  • personality
  • appearance
  • movement
…And remember you can use all five senses to describe.