12 September 2014
This week, our homeworks are Practice Makes Perfect and Creative and are due in on Wednesday 17 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 use adjectives in my writing.
Children have been using adjectives (‘words that describe things’ …or better still… ‘words that describe nouns’) in class this week. Children have shared ideas for how they could use adjectives in this homework and the ideas were to use them in a:
- news report
- list of sentences
- a map of foods
- photos of us trying world foods that we’ve never tried
- photos of us cooking something from a different part of the world
- models of our favourite world foods
Ready to learn
It’s the summer holidays and, in line with our homework policy, there is no formal homework set over the six-week break.
That doesn’t mean that your child won’t be learning! We learn all the time – and so do children, whether it’s through play, day-trips, independent reading, discussions at home…
And of course, you’ll be keen to support your child at home so the basic facts aren’t forgotten. Please think about key English and Maths knowledge that you can gently practise over the holidays:
- number bonds: knowing pairs of numbers that add to make ten, like 3+7=10 and therefore 10-7=3). When your child is secure with pairs that total ten, can they extend this knowledge to pairs which make 20 (13+7=20, for example) and 100 (such as 30+70=100) – make this fun by using some sweet treats or how about stringing ten loom bracelets on string and then hiding some and making the link with the ones that are left (how many are hidden if you can see three bracelets?)
- times tables: Year 2 children should have an emerging knowledge of the 2 times table and the 10 times table at least, and children who have just finished Year 4 should know all their times tables (up to 12 x 12) and the division facts, too (7×8=56 so 56÷7=8) – think about chanting some times tables or buying an app to practise just a few minutes every day to keep your child’s knowledge sharp!
- reading: lots of reading over the holidays will help your child in lots of different ways – visit the local library; take part in our Extreme Reading competition; if you’re going to a theme park or museum, read the leaflet and the website… there are loads of opportunities to build in reading as a daily activity!
- writing: reading will help your child’s spellings and writing style, so don’t force lots of writing, but do try to encourage some useful, purposeful writing – write some postcards to friends and relatives , or send some emails instead, and make lists for what to pack on holiday, or what to buy if planning a sleepover.
Check out this guide about supporting learning, useful whether it’s term-time of holiday time!
Finally, make sure you enjoy the summer break!
11 July 2014
This week’s whole school homework is creative following our themed week, Staying Safe. It should be returned by Wednesday 16 July.
I know how to stay safe.
Throughout this week, a variety of visitors have worked with classes to deliver key learning about different aspects of safety. These include:
- water safety (lifeguard – Mr Glass and RNLI)
- scooter training (Mrs Strange)
- bike maintenance (Edinburgh bicycle cooperative)
- skateboarding (sk8 safe)
- trampolining (Roundhay high school)
- food/kitchen safety (school kitchen)
- first aid (British Red Cross)
- e-safety (One day creative)
- road safety (Leeds City Council)
- drug education (dside)
- safety within engineering (Mr McDermott)
- bike security (police)
Alongside these external visitors, children have been learning other aspects of safety within their class.
The creative homework is a great opportunity for your child to demonstrate their learning from this week. They could:
- write a poem
- produce a quiz
- create a comic strip
- produce an information leaflet
- create a crossword
- …or anything else they can think of.
04 July 2014
This week’s homework is Talk Time.
I can discuss how I feel about next year.
With big changes ahead of Year 6, we’re taking some time to reflect on our feelings. We’ll have a discussion in class next week to share our thoughts and support each other in this time of transition. Whilst we’ll talk about the fact that it’s natural to have some reservations and sadness at leaving Moortown, we’ll also discuss that going to high school (or another sort of education) will be exciting and full of new experiences.
27 June 2014
This week’s homework is creative and is due on Wednesday 02 June.
I can show what I enjoyed about residential.
or, for those of us who would prefer/didn’t go…
I can show what I’m looking forward to over summer.
Children can express both of these homeworks in a range of ways.
- newspaper article
- diary entry
- comic strip
20 June 2014
This weeks’ whole school homework is Talk Time and also involves completing the pupil health questionnaire sent home with your child.
I can share my views about health.
Emotional health and obesity are our two main health targets to further our healthy schools status and the questions are linked to these areas. They include:
- Are you happy at school?
- What do you enjoy most about playtimes and lunchtimes?
Please support your child to complete the health questionnaire in order to find out their views on some of our key health issues at school. This should be returned to your class teacher by Wednesday 25 June.
13 June 2014
This week’ homework is Talk Time.
I can discuss everything I know about drugs.
We’ve started learning about smoking in Y6 and are continuing to improve our awareness of drugs. We will be discussing the risks associated with drug use, ways that drugs can be used for good (medicines) as well as learning about alcohol.
The homework is meant to make children feel more comfortable discussing these issue and prepare them for further learning.
Discussions at home could include:
- When are drugs used for good?
- What are some names for illegal drugs?
- Why are some drugs illegal?
- Drinking alcohol
These topics will, of course, be handled sensitively in class with the main aim of raising awareness and empowering children to say “no” whenever they don’t feel comfortable with something.
06 June 2014
This week’s homework is:
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.
As per communication sent with the diaries, parents can choose not to ask their child to fill one in, though I expect this to be for a specific reason.
The alternative homework is Practice Makes Perfect:
I can write a news report.
Children must watch or listen to a news report and turn it into a written version. We have learnt about this in class and children know what to include – they should, as always, come to me if there are any questions.
Either homework should take around 45 minutes to do over the week and are due in on Wednesday 11 June.
Although we haven’t set any homework for the half term break, Mr Owen and I have asked children to have a go at learning some of the songs for our summer production, ‘Oliver!’. Last Friday, each child from Year 5 and 6 was given a set of song lyrics to take home, but just in case you need it, I’ve attached a copy below. Perhaps you could search for the songs online and sing along!
Some children with main speaking parts will have also been given their lines to learn – it would be great to get started with rehearsals straight after the break, so do your best to learn as many of your lines as you can!
09 May 2014
This week, children’s homework is revision. They’ve been told to use their revision guides to help practise any skills they’re not confident on and learn knowledge that they know they forget. Previous SAT papers are available online, too. These can be used to put their skills into practice should they wish.
Year 6 children are independent enough to know what they forget and what they need more practice with. I have told the class to come and discuss anything they’re unclear on as soon as they can next week.