Year 6 Homework

02 May 2014

Posted on Friday 02 May 2014 by Mr Owen

This week’s homework is creative.

I can show what I know about World War 2.

In class, children have researched specific areas of WW2. For this week’s homework, I’d like them to focus on one aspect of the war and create something impressive for display that communicates what they’ve learnt so far. It’s due on Wednesday 07 May.

Areas they might focus on include:

  • evacuation
  • rationing and the ‘Dig Your Own’ campaign
  • gas masks, air raids and air raid shelters
  • the role of women in the war
  • particular battles and why they were important
  • famous people
  • how children’s lives were different then to now

25 April 2014

Posted on Friday 25 April 2014 by Mr Owen

This week’s homework is Practice Makes Perfect.

I can show my understanding metaphors.

Children have been given four sheets: two with text to read, and two with questions to answer. They’re all about metaphors and the homework is designed to have double impact – partly to help children improve their reading comprehension and partly to encourage them to use metaphors in their writing.

If there are any questions, as always, children should find me before Wednesday 25 April, when it is due in.














It’s the Easter holidays…

Posted on Friday 04 April 2014 by Mr Roundtree

…so we have no set homework or spellings, in line with our Homework Policy.

That doesn’t mean we expect your child not to be developing their skills in reading, writing and maths!

Your child should be reading daily – this could be fiction, factual books, a comic or newspaper, and could include being read to at bedtime, too.

It would be good to practise basic skills in writing by writing a letter or email to a relative, perhaps recounting a day-trip or reviewing a film your child watched.

We’re finding quite a few children are ‘squashing their sentences’ such as I went to Leeds City Museum it was really interesting which is wrong.  It would be much better with punctuation to separate or a word to join:

  • I went to Leeds City Museum. It was really interesting. (A comma isn’t strong enough to separate two sentences.)
  • I went to Leeds City Museum – it was really interesting.
  • I went to Leeds City Museum; it was really interesting.
  • I went to Leeds City Museum and it was really interesting.
  • I went to Leeds City Museum which was really interesting.

Finally, to improve calculation skills, please keep practising mental number facts which your child must know:

  • number bonds (two numbers which add up to 10, 20 and 100 eg 3+7, 13+7, 30+70) – these facts should be known by children in Y1 – Y2
  • times tables (up to 12×12) and the division facts with your child – children in Y2 should have rapid recall of x2, x 5 and x 10 at least

We know we mention these ‘basics’ a lot, but that’s because they involve practice, practice and more practice – we practise a lot at school, but your child will need to practise at home, too, if they are to truly succeed.

Learn more about current expectations for reading, writing and maths.  However, do be aware that a new National Curriculum comes into effect from September, meaning these expectations have been raised and so many aspects of learning now feature in younger age groups.

28 March 2014

Posted on Friday 28 March 2014 by Mr Owen

This week’s homework is Practice Makes Perfect.

I can improve my mental maths.

Children have been given a mental maths test to do at home with an adult, then talk through how they answered it and how the adult might have answered it. Children are familiar with how the test should be done:

  • Make sure they’ll be no interruptions
  • Read each question twice before counting the time allowed
  • Make jottings wherever possible to help remember the important information question

I’ve stressed to children that I would like them to talk through their mental maths for each question with an adult. It’s great if children see different ways of working things out, too!

21 March 2014

Posted on Friday 21 March 2014 by Mr Owen

This week’s homework is Talk Time:

I can discuss what I want to find out about WWII.

We’re going to learn about World War 2 for the next couple of weeks. Children have asked for this mini-topic since Year 5, so now’s the time to work out what they want to know! As this is Talk Time homework, a colourful poster or model isn’t needed – just some notes or questions to discuss in class next week.

Because school is closed next Wednesday, the homework is due in onThursday 27 March.






14 March 2014

Posted on Sunday 16 March 2014 by Mr Owen

This week’s homework is creative.

I can give instructions.

Children have been given this homework to remind them of the features of instructions writing. We’ve discussed that most instructions will include:

  • a list of equipment/tools/ingredients
  • step-by-step, chronological order
  • top tips of things to watch out for or remember to do
  • imperative verbs (commands)
  • present tense

In class, we’ve made signal boxes as part of  our Snowbound topic. Children could write instructions for how to make these, or create instructions for how to do/make something else. Although we’ve discussed that instructions are usually written, children can choose to give their instructions in a different way, such as a film.

07 March 2014

Posted on Friday 07 March 2014 by Mr Wilks

For all children in Year 1 – Year 6, the homework this week is creative and is due in on Wednesday 12 March.

 I can respond to my reading.

This homework follows the wonderful costumes and learning inspired by World Book Day.

As always, some ways that your children can respond are listed below:

  • Write a letter to a character or author.
  • Interview a character or author.
  • Annotate a page of a novel with words/phrases/sentences/ descriptions that you like and why (top tip: get a photocopy of the page, don’t annotate your actual book!)
  • Create a book review.
  • Create a comic strip which summarises the story.


26 February 2014

Posted on Friday 28 February 2014 by Mr Owen

This week’s homework is Creative.

I can show what I know about light and how we see.

Children have been learning about this in science and now they must prove what they have learnt.

We discussed the following ideas:

  • diagrams of how we see, how light reflects and how shadows are formed
  • descriptions of the above
  • examples of transparent, translucent and opaque materials
  • lists of light sources
Children are, as usual, able to present their ideas in any way they choose. I’ve asked for them to be ‘display worthy’, so that we can show our learning visually in our classroom.












It’s half-term…

Posted on Saturday 15 February 2014 by Mr Roundtree

It’s the half-term, so in line with our current homework policy, there are no homework tasks or spellings to learn.

However, please make sure you’re reading lots with your child – we’re finding children are reading less than they need to if they are to gain fluency and understanding.  You could take your child to a local library, hunt down an old favourite to re-visit, plan a story book for each bedtime over the holiday, read more about a favourite subject on the internet, buy a comic or magazine… And, so they have good role models, make sure your child sees you read, too!

Our current homework policy will be reviewed soon.  A small number of you have told us you’re not entirely happy with it – it would be really helpful if you tell us more about what you’d like.  Send us an email or speak with Mrs Weekes or me about this.  Thank you.


08 February 2014

Posted on Saturday 08 February 2014 by Mr Owen

This week’s homework is Practice Makes Perfect.

I can reflect shapes and use coordinates.

Children have been given worksheets that require them to reflect shapes and record the coordinates of the original and reflected shapes. They’ve been given tracing paper to help with this, although mirrors are often used. I actually think tracing paper is more reliable!

As always, if there are any problems, children should come and find me before the homework is due in, which is on Wednesday 12 February.