30 March 2012
It’s the Easter holidays and, in line with our Homework Policy, teachers do not set spellings or homework tasks. Instead, enjoy the sunny weather by getting active: a trip to the park, a game of football, a cycle ride or a long walk!
During the holidays, two of our teachers will visit Italy, one will be in Russia and one will be in…Barry Island!
23 March 2012
This week’s homework is Creative.
I can show what I’ve learnt during the Snowbound topic.
Children have spent many weeks learning about various things within the Snowbound topic and now’s the time to show it. Your child can produce anything that communicates some or all of what they’ve learnt – here are some ideas:
- a news report
- a diagram
- a board game
- a 3D sculpture
- a poster
- a report
16 March 2012
Your homework this week is creative and is due in on Wednesday 21 March 2012.
I can express my opinion about the novel Snow Merchant.
We have been reading The Snow Merchant. Homework is to produce a piece of work that tells me your opinion of the book.
This piece of work could be:
- Some art work.
- A timeline.
- A cartoon strip of the story so far.
- An interview with you answering questions about as though you were one of the characters.
- A prediction of the exciting events still to come.
- Your own even more creative idea.
09 March 2012
Your homework this week is talk time:
Should school uniform be banned?
In class we’ve learnt how to write balanced arguments. Discuss with your parents, or adults at home, your opinions about school uniform. Think of and discuss points that you agree with and points that you disagree with. Also think about a conclusion and the connectives that you would use in your discussion.
Make notes in your homework book to show the things you discussed and what you concluded.
Homework is due in on Wednesday 14 March.
02 March 2012
Your homework this week is creative and is due in on Wednesday 07 February.
I can express my opinion about Captain Robert Scott and his Antarctic expedition.
We ‘ve been learning about Robert Scott’s mission to travel to the South Pole. Can you produce a piece of work that tells me your opinion about Scott and his mission?
This piece of work could be:
- Some art work
- A biography
- A timeline
- A cartoon strip about his expedition
- An interview with you answering questions about as though you were Scott
- Your own even more creative idea!
24 February 2012
This week’s homework is creative. It’s due in on Wednesday 29 February 2012.
Next week, on Thursday 01 March, it’s World Book Day. To celebrate, all the classes are having a themed day on the subject of reading. There will be lots of activities, including an invitation for your child to dress up as a favourite book character. Linked to this, we’d like all children in school to consider their favourite story and explain why…
I can say why I like a book.
You could create a comic strip, write a book review, draw a story map, write a letter to the author… Anything you like that celebrates reading!
As always, the creative homework should be on one side of the A4 Homework Books, although creative ways to extend this are allowed!
It’s the holidays…
…so there are no spellings or homework activities.
Instead, enjoy a winter walk, the marvellous Muppets movie, some cool culture at a gallery or museum… Enjoy the half-term break.
03 February 2012
Your homework this week is a mixture of creative and talk time combined and is due in on Wednesday 08 February.
I can talk about an animal from either the Arctic or Antarctic.
Next week, we are having a session called ‘Just A Minute’ in class. Children have been asked to prepare a talk that they will give to the rest of the class about an animal who lives in the Arctic or Antarctic. This talk is to last one minute and has been set to develop the children’s skills as confident and creative speakers. The children will need to research facts about their chosen animal and rehearse their speeches at home to build up their confidence.
Any materials they prepare to help them – maybe a bullet point list as a memory aid – must stick to the homework rules of not going over one page of A4.
Our homework policy
Our Homework Policy was written to support and engage as many learners as we can, and to provide opportunities for others – family, friends – to support in a positive, constructive way. It’s great to see more and more children are putting more and more effort into their homework. Recently, a few parents have asked about expectations. I hope the following will clarify what we can expect and what you can expect:
Teachers have noticed that, in some instances, a lot of time has been taken on the presentation of the Talk Time homework. Children are welcome to do this although it is not necessary. The purpose of Talk Time homework is to encourage a conversation around their current learning. Any notes made in their homework book should simply be there to aid them as a prompt when it is discussed in class the following week. For this reason, teachers tend to give verbal feedback during their talk time session in class. We want our children to be expert talkers, using a variety of sentences and expressions, and able to back up their points or disagree with others in a polite way – this is more important than written notes for Talk Time. Simply: it’s hard to be a good writer if you’re not a good speaker, so Talk Times using ambitious words, useful phrases, interesting sentences is the best way to support your child.
This is where your child’s creative juices can flow! Creative homework is an opportunity for your child to choose whatever they want to demonstrate some learning. For example, the Y3 and Y4 homework this week is Creative: I can show what I know about food chains. Your child could present all their learning in so many different ways, from a diagram with notes to a story or comic strip. Parents’ and carers’ role is to support, encourage, help but (obviously) never to take over and do the homework! Teachers always look forward to seeing how creative children can be. If you notice the work has not been marked, please don’t worry. Teachers will have looked at and celebrated the homework in another way – the work might have been viewed by the whole class using a visualiser which allows the work to be projected to the whole class and a discussion of ‘stars and steps’ will happen. Peer assessment is also effective – children are very able to share what’s good and what needs improving! These sorts of verbal feedback strategies are often more effective than a written comment because it’s more instant and it makes sure the child understands (and their work is praised publicly!).
Practice makes Perfect
This is similar to what you might consider traditional homework: it may be a worksheet or a writing task (such as Y5’s current homework: I can write instructions). Practice Makes Perfect is useful homework when something has been taught in school but needs consolidation. The work should be fairly straightforward for the child as there should be no need for new learning, so just some encouragement from you is needed. However, it would be a great time to get your child to teach you – they should be able to explain the key points or processes! We use this type of homework less often because usually the best practice is where a teacher can keep feeding back and presenting new challenges when they see it as appropriate. Teachers mark these activities in line with our marking policy.
As always, please ask if you’ve any questions or concerns.
27 January 2012
Your homework this week is Creative and is due in on Wednesday 01 February.
I can design a brand new animal that would suit living in the Arctic.
Think of all the work we have done in class about how animals have adapted to living in the polar regions.
Think of the following:
- habitat map
- position in food chain
- food the creature eats and how it gets it
- predator or prey?
- camouflage and colour
- feet and eyes
- any other special features
You can include writing and labelled drawings to show your learning.