Homework

17 May 2024

Posted on Friday 17 May 2024 by Mrs Quirk

Our whole-school homework this week is:

Reading: please make sure your child is reading on a daily basis.

Number Fact Fluency: Use Numbots or Times Table Rock Stars in regular short bursts.

Talk Time

This week’s Talk Time is related to our core skills:

Our Talk Time this week relates to our recent Geography learning:

I know and can use the topic vocabulary from this half term.

Years 1 and 2:

  • continent: a very large area of land
  • globe: a model of the Earth which shows what it looks like from space
  • ocean: a large area of water between continents
  • Equator: an imaginary line that goes around the centre of the Earth
  • physical geography: physical geography looks at the natural things in our environment
  • human geography: human geography looks at changes in the environment by humans
  • population: the number of people living in a certain place
  • national park: a park or area of land looked after by a country’s government

Years 3 and 4:

  • climate zones: areas of the world with similar temperature and weather
  • hemisphere: a half of the earth, divided into a northern and southern hemisphere
  • Equator: an imaginary line that circles around the earth and divides it equally into the two hemispheres
  • latitude: the distance north or south of the equator, measured in degrees
  • lagoon: a stretch of saltwater separated from the sea by a low sandbank or coral reef
  • tourism: travelling to a place for fun
  • economy: how a country or place makes and spends money
  • over tourism: when there are too many tourists and it results in conflict with local people who live there
  • flood defences: used to prevent flooding in a specific place

Years 5 and 6:

  • biome: areas of the world with similar climate, landscapes, animals and plants
  • vegetation belt: an area with distinct plant types
  • climate zone: areas of the world with similar temperature, weather and precipitation
  • natural resources: something that is found in nature and can be used by humans
  • exports: goods that are sent to other countries for sale
  • deforestation: the destruction of forests by humans
  • agriculture: growing and harvesting crops and raising animals; another word for farming
  • indigenous people: the earliest or original inhabitants of a place
  • mining: the process of getting valuable or useful minerals from the ground

Encourage your child to think back to their Geography learning so far. The following questions might prompt your child to remember even more about the vocabulary:

  • What does this word mean?
  • Can you use the word in a sentence?
  • Can you (where possible) give an example of this?
  • Have you seen a piece of art that links to that word?
  • Can you link this word to one or more of the other words?

Which of these words would you group together?

10 May 2024

Posted on Friday 10 May 2024 by Mrs Quirk

Our whole-school homework this week is:

Reading: please make sure your child is reading on a daily basis.

Number Fact Fluency: Use Numbots or Times Table Rock Stars in regular short bursts.

Talk Time

This week’s Talk Time is related to our core skills:

I can review and reflect on how I’ve used my Reading Record and how I’ve used NumBots and Times Tables Rock Stars.

Each week, there’s a reading and number fact fluency focus as part of our Talk Time homework.

Have a discussion with someone at home about how you feel you are achieving in your weekly reading and number fact fluency focuses. Are you managing to complete the focuses? Is there an area that you feel you could improve on?

03 May 2024

Posted on Friday 03 May 2024 by Mrs Quirk

Our whole-school homework this week is:

Reading: please make sure your child is reading on a daily basis.

Number Fact Fluency: Use Numbots or Times Table Rock Stars in regular short bursts.

Talk Time

This week’s Talk Time poses an interesting question:

Should we only go on holidays in our country because long journeys are bad for the environment?

In our current Geography topic, we’re learning about a wide range of spaces and places across the globe.

In recent years, there has been growing concern about the environmental impact of long-distance travel. As people have become more aware of the impact that holidays and travel are having on our environment, a debate has emerged about whether individuals should limit their holidays to their own country to minimise environmental damage.

What is your opinion? Consider both sides of the argument and have a discussion with a parent/carer at home.

Remember to use the oracy skill ‘building on the views of others’ to frame your discussion. You may wish to use sentence stems such as:

I agree/disagree because…

  • Adding to what has been said…
  • I hear what you are saying. However…
  • On the other hand, I think that…

Be ready to debate this topic in class next week.

26 April 2024

Posted on Friday 26 April 2024 by Mrs Quirk

Our whole-school homework this week is:

Reading: please make sure your child is reading on a daily basis.

Number Fact Fluency: Use Numbots or Times Table Rock Stars in regular short bursts.

Talk Time

The latest Talk Time relates to our current Geography topic, Explorers:

I can show off my knowledge of world geography.

Years 1 and 2:

I know the world’s seven continents and the world’s five oceans.

Years 3 and 4 (as above plus):

I know at least four European countries and their capital cities (not including those in the UK) and I know some of the main rivers and mountains in Europe.

Years 5 and 6 (as above plus):

I know some world-wide countries and some of their major cities.

Think back to your lessons as a geographer so far this year. What strategies have you used, or could you use, to help you remember these facts? It could be drawings, pictures, map, videos, songs or other resources.

Our oracy focus this half term is vocabulary so when having your discussions at home, make sure to use the correct terminology (eg city, capital city, country, continent).

19 April 2024

Posted on Friday 19 April 2024 by Mrs Quirk

Our whole-school homework this week is:

Reading: please make sure your child is reading on a daily basis.

Number Fact Fluency: Use Numbots or Times Table Rock Stars in regular short bursts.

Talk Time

Our first Talk Time of this term poses a moral dilemma.

Should animals have the same rights as humans?

In a previous Talk Time, you’ve discussed human rights and the responsibilities that go with them. Recapping these could be how you choose to start this week’s conversations.

You might already have strong opinions on the matter but when faced with a statement such as this, it’s always worth exploring both sides of the argument so that you can make an informed decision.

These prompts might help you to consider things in a different way:

  • Could animals share all of the same rights as humans?
  • If the rights were the same, who would be responsible for ensuring it?
  • Are some rights easier to achieve than others?
  • What should the consequences be for neglecting those rights?
  • These are some topics you might discuss: animal testing, human diet, hunting animals for fun

Last half term’s oracy focus was turn taking. This skill will be very important in this task so refer to these R2s:

  • If a person is speaking, listen to what they are saying.
  • Let that person finish their point without interrupting them.
  • When that person has spoken, acknowledge what they’ve said before making your point. Try using some of these phrases:
    • I agree with that because…
    • I also think that…
    • Adding to what you said…
    • I disagree with that because…
    • I hear what you’re saying but…
    • On the other hand…

22 March 2024

Posted on Friday 22 March 2024 by Mrs Quirk

Our whole-school homework this week is:

Reading: please make sure your child is reading on a daily basis.

Number Fact Fluency: Use Numbots or Times Table Rock Stars in regular short bursts.

Talk Time

Living and learning provides the focus for this week’s Talk Time.

I can describe what to do in different sorts of emergencies.

An emergency situation is when there is an immediate risk that needs to be addressed right away.

We suggest approaching this Talk Time in two parts. First, where and when might you face an emergency? Think of a range of settings and scenarios.

After that, consider what your response would be. If there’s not a trusted adult around, call 999 if possible. The LIONEL acronym below is one that we’d like you to learn. It will help you if you ever need to phone the emergency services.

L – Location – Tell them where the emergency is and where they need to come to.
I – Incident – Tell them what has happened.
O – Other services – Do you need the ambulance, police and fire service?
N – Number of people – How many are involved?
E – Extent of injuries – How badly are they hurt?
L – Location – Repeat again where they need to come to.

15 March 2024

Posted on Friday 15 March 2024 by Mrs Quirk

Our whole-school homework this week is:

Reading: please make sure your child is reading on a daily basis.

Number Fact Fluency: Use Numbots or Times Table Rock Stars in regular short bursts.

Talk Time

As we near the end of our Computing topic, this Talk Time will help you to reflect on your learning.

I know and can use the topic vocabulary from this half term.

Years 1 and 2:

  • algorithm: a sequence of instructions or a set of rules to get something done
  • command: an instruction that can be used in a program
  • program: an algorithm or algorithms which can be run by a computer
  • to debug: to find and fix errors in algorithms
  • computer: a type of machine that can follow instructions and do useful things

Years 3 and 4:

  • computer: a machine that can input, process and output data
  • program: an algorithm or algorithms which can be run by a computer
  • code: the commands that a program can run (eg the blocks in Scratch)
  • repetition: to repeat the execution of certain instructions
  • sequence: to arrange instructions in a particular order
  • logical reasoning: helps us explain why something happens
  • sprite: a 2d character in a computer game
  • decomposition: the process of breaking down a task into smaller, more-manageable parts
  • output: data sent out of a computer system via a device (eg monitor, printer, speaker)
  • input: data sent to a computer system from a device (eg keyboard, mouse, microphone)

Years 5 and 6:

  • computer network: a collection of interconnected computer systems which ‘talk’ to each other by exchanging data
  • internet: a huge global computer network
  • decomposition: the process of breaking down a task into smaller, more-manageable parts
  • repetition: to repeat the execution of certain instructions
  • selection: choosing to execute one set of instructions over another
  • variable: a value that can be set and changed throughout the running of a program (eg a timer, a score, a number of lives left)
  • simulation: modelling a real-world or imaginary situation
  • world wide web: ‘www’ or ‘web’ for short is a collection of web pages of digital content found on the internet

For your discussions at home, think about the learning that has happened in your Computing lessons. What was your favourite lesson and why? Refer to the list of vocabulary for your year group.

08 March 2024

Posted on Friday 08 March 2024 by Mrs Quirk

Our whole-school homework this week is:

Reading: please make sure your child is reading on a daily basis.

Number Fact Fluency: Use Numbots or Times Table Rock Stars in regular short bursts.

Talk Time

This week’s Talk Time task is:

I can try reading something different to what I normally read.

Variety is the spice of life! This applies to reading a variety of genres, too.

Often when reading, we return to familiar texts that we like and are comfortable with. Whilst this shows a great love of reading, it’s beneficial to read a variety of texts for lots of reasons.

The more we read different genres, the more confident readers we become. Reading different genres helps with our understanding of texts. For example, if you’re reading a fiction book, your brain may focus on characters, setting plot and theme. However, if it’s a non-fiction text, your brain focuses on text features and facts. Each genre has unique characteristics and exposes the reader to different vocabulary, photographs, illustrations and context.

Your task: take the time to pick up a different book (or other text) to what you would normally read and spend 15 minutes reading. Be ready to discuss your opinions or views with someone at home.

Some prompts might be:

What did you/didn’t you like?

Will you continue to read the book? Why/why not?

Have you learnt something you didn’t expect?

Can you spot any connections and notice similarities or differences to books/texts you have read before?

01 March 2024

Posted on Friday 01 March 2024 by Mrs Quirk

Our whole-school homework this week is:

Reading: please make sure your child is reading on a daily basis.

Number Fact Fluency: Use Numbots or Times Table Rock Stars in regular short bursts.

Talk Time

This half-term, we’re learning about Computing in our topic lessons and this week’s question is linked:

 Is playing computer games bad for your health?

Talk to people at home about this question. You may agree with each other. You may disagree. It’s important to listen to other peoples’ points of view and consider them.

What do you think about computer games? Are they a fun way to relax? Do they help people  to develop new skills or knowledge? Do they allow people to connect with people (for example, playing a game with a cousin who lives in another country)?

Or…

Do they stop people from being physically active? Do people spend too much time looking at a screen? Do they get in the way of people getting enough sleep?

These R2s will get you thinking critically about your own ideas:

  • What reasons can you think of in support of time travel?
  • Are there reasons why you might be against it?
  • Challenge: Rank your ideas by importance. Imagine you could only do five, or maybe even three things.

23 February 2024

Posted on Friday 23 February 2024 by Mrs Quirk

Our whole-school homework this week is:

Reading: please make sure your child is reading on a daily basis.

Number Fact Fluency: Use Numbots or Times Table Rock Stars in regular short bursts.

Talk Time

We are being historians through our topic learning this half term. Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to be around during historic events like the Great Fire of London? For this week’s Talk Time, we’d like you to do exactly that.

 Would it be good to travel back in time?

Would it be good to travel forwards, into the future?

When talking about travelling back in time, you could use these question prompts to support discussions at home:

  • What time period would you travel back to?
    • a time from recent history (eg your lifetime)
    • a point from your parents’/grandparents’ lifetimes
    • over 100 years ago
  • Where in the world would you like to be at that point in time?
    • Does it relate to an important historical event?
    • What have you learnt in a current or past history topic that you’d like to experience?
  • Who would you like to meet?
    • What historical figures have we learnt about at school?
    • Are there people you’d meet who aren’t famous eg family members?
  • Is there anything about the past that you’d try to change?
    • If so, how would you go about it?
    • Would you realistically be able to make that change? Would you need help?

Many of the points above will also help you to discuss travelling into the future. As well as those, it’s important to think of what would be gained from travelling forwards in time. When coming back into the present, would you tell people what the future is like (good and bad things) and why?

These R2s will get you thinking critically about your own ideas:

  • What reasons can you think of in support of time travel?
  • Are there reasons why you might be against it?
  • Challenge: Rank your ideas by importance. Imagine you could only do five, or maybe even three things.