There are no homework tasks or spellings during the holiday period.
Instead, support your child in other ways. Make sure they take part in family events, encourage them to relax and catch up on some reading at home, encourage them to send thank you notes (emails are fine, too!) – all these things will help their English skills of speaking and listening, reading and writing.
Plenty of maths skills can be practised, too – planning some top telly and considering times and durations of programmes, working out what half price is when the sales start… could your child even help with some cooking to use various measures?
Whatever they do, make sure your child, and you, have a happy and healthy Christmas break.
11 December 2015
Our spellings this week have no particular rule or thing in common.
04 December 2015
This week’s spellings are all words with letters that you can’t hear. Children should remember to practise changing the root word (on the left) into other words that come from that root. Some are listed for children here.
- environment – environmental
- government – governing – governed
- doubt – doubting – doubted
- resign – resigning – resigned
- calm – calming – calmed
- guard – guarding – guarded
- mortgage – mortgaging – mortgaged
- ghost – ghosting – ghosted
20 November 2015
This week, we have lots of verbs to learn. Children have been given the infinitive verbs, but should be ready to change them to different versions of the same verb. For example, the first word is “to publicise”, but children should be able to spell “publicised” or “publish”.
- to publicise
- to criticise
- to exercise
- to correspond
- to develop
- to encourage
- to embarrass
- to fascinate
- to ignite
- to pulsate
13 November 2015
This week’s spellings are homophones (words that sound the same but have different meanings) or near-homophones. We’ve discussed meanings and uses in class.
- guest – guessed
- heard – herd
- farther – further – father
- led – lead
- morning – mourning
- past – passed
- he’ll – heal – heel
- break – brake
- affect – effect
- accept – except
06 November 2015
This week’s spellings are all words that sound like they have a ‘shul‘ sound in them. In these words, the sound is made either by ‘cial‘ or ‘tial‘.
…so there is no homework this week.
Please make sure your child spends some time most days reading – books, comics, newspapers… Why not visit the library or a book shop this week?
To support writing, your child should review their spellings from the last few weeks. You could test them on words from all the lists, and ask them to use the words in sentences or a story, or create a comic strip with a word used in each speech bubble.Perhaps you could set a challenge (for you as well as your child!) of using spelling words in everyday conversations! Practising handwriting by joining up is a useful activity, too.
In Maths, children in Key Stage 2 should definitely practise times tables – including the related division facts. Can your child respond within five seconds (not counting up to work it out) to questions like ‘What’s 7 times 8?’ and ‘What’s 42 divided by 6?’
Of course, make sure your child is happy and healthy over half-term, too! A walk and play at Roundhay Park, a bike ride, a conker challenge, a trip to the art gallery… Enjoy!
16 October 2015
This week’s spellings, like last week, end with a ‘shus’ sound. This time, all of the words are adjectives and made with a t-i-o-u-s. We’ve discussed the meanings of words in class – brackets show words’ meanings that we discussed.
- ambitious (aiming to achieve something difficult)
- cautious (careful)
- fictitious (made up / fictional / not true)
- infectious (something bad like germs that can be spread to someone else)
- nutritious (something that you eat that’s good for you)
- ostentatious (unpleasantly posh)
- scrumptious (delicious)
- superstitious (believing in luck eg ‘It’s seven years bad luck to break a mirror.’)
- conscientious (hard working and responsible)
- surreptitious (sneaky/stealthy)
09 October 2015
This week’s spellings will be tested on Friday 16 October. They all end in ‘cious‘. Children can practise on their own using their red Learning Lists book but it is also great to practise writing the words into sentences to check that they understand the meaning.
02 October 2015
This week’s spellings will be tested on Friday 09 October.
They are homophones whose spelling shouldn’t be difficult, but understanding their role in the sentence (noun or verb) is trickier.
advise – advice
- Verb – I advise you to stop smoking.
- Noun – That was good advice you gave me.
devise – device
- Verb – We need to devise a plan.
- Noun – This device will help us with our plan.
license – licence
- Verb – I am licensed to drive.
- Noun – I hope I can get my driving licence.
practise – practice
- Verb – I’m going to go and practise my piano.
- Noun – I need to walk to the piano practice.
prophesy – prophecy
- Verb – I prophesy that I will get top marks.
- Noun – The prophecy said I would get top marks.
compliment – complement
- Verb – That jumper complements your eyes.
- Noun – A full complement of workers built the house.
- Verb – I complimented my mum’s eyes.
- Noun – What a lovely compliment.
descent – dissent
- Verb – The crew dissented from the captain’s decision.
- Noun – A steep descent loomed in front of me.