Homework

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.

02 February 2024

Posted on Friday 02 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

Our Living and Learning statement this week is I know how to seek help.

This week, we would like to you talk about different ways to stay safe including seeking help.

Because safety covers so many areas, your discussions could centre around these forms of safety as well as any others that you know of:

  • Online safety (e-safety)
  • Fire safety
  • Road safety
  • Electrical safety
  • Water safety

For each type of safety, talk about different settings and examples of when you might be faced with risks and how you’d safely deal with them. In each situation, it’s crucial you discuss the help you’d need if something goes wrong. Imagine that you’re in different places and with different people in each scenario. Perhaps you’re with family, friends or on your own. Are there any services that you can contact?

Here are some R2s to help you stay safe:

  • Think before you act.
  • Assess the risks. Is it safe?
  • If something goes wrong, again, think before you act.
  • Who can help you and how can you reach them?

26 January 2024

Posted on Friday 26 January 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

There’s a moral theme to this week’s Talk Time.

It is a waste of our time to learn about the past as it has already happened and we can’t change it.

This is a very topical statement given that we’re currently in the middle of a history topic. You may already have an opinion on this but it’s always worth pausing to consider a range of viewpoints.

This week’s R2s will help you to provide a balanced argument before you reach a conclusion:

  • What are the reasons for (the pros) learning about the past?
  • What are the reasons against (the cons) learning about the past?
  • Reach a decision. Is it valuable to learn about past events?
    • One list may have more points than the other.
    • Some points have a greater importance than others.

One way to approach this Talk Time is to have a debate with people in your household. This will not only help you generate ideas but also practise a range of oracy skills. The last half term’s focus was building on the views of others and reasoning. When someone raises a point that you’re in agreement with, use one of the following phrases to start your response:

  • I agree with you because…
  • That’s a good point. I also think that…
  • Furthermore, I’ll add that…

On the other hand, you may disagree with a point made by a family member. When that’s the case, it can be hard not to interrupt them. The oracy focus for this half term is turn taking. To be respectful of others’ opinions, wait until a person has finished speaking and then respond using one of these sentence starters or one of your own:

  • I hear what you’re saying but…
  • That’s a good point. However…
  • I understand your point but…

19 January 2024

Posted on Friday 19 January 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 Talk Time this week relates to the vocabulary that we’re learning about in our current History topic.

 Thinking about the new topic vocabulary, I can begin to use the words at home.

 Years 1 and 2 History vocabulary:

 

past something that has already happened
present something that is happening now
ancient very old
modern the present day
similarity when something is the same
difference when something is different
sequence put in the correct order
trade an area of land ruled by a monarch (a king or queen)
timeline a list of important events arranged in order

 Years 3 and 4 History vocabulary:

 

chronology arrangement of events or dates in time order
empire a large group of countries or states ruled by an emperor
invasion when a country or region is invaded by an armed force
tax a payment you must make to a ruler or government
to resist to stand up to or fight back against something
innovation an improvement or replacement for something
bias a viewpoint that may be based more on opinion than fact
kingdom an area of land ruled by a monarch (a king or queen)

 Years 5 and 6 History vocabulary:

 

chronology arrangement of events or dates in time order
primary source a source of evidence created at the time of event (eg diaries, letters, photographs, newspaper articles, artefacts)
secondary source a source of evidence created after time of the event (eg replica objects, text books, illustrations)
invasion when a country or region is invaded by an armed force
civilisation the society considered most advanced at a time
caliph ruler in a Muslim country
golden-age a time when an activity or society is at its best
innovation an improvement or replacement for something
trade the exchange of goods and services
impact the effect one thing has on another

Some of the words may not have been covered in class yet so be sure to refer to the definitions for words your child seems less confident about.

Encourage your child to think back to their history 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?
  • Can you link this word to one or more of the other words?
  • Which of these words would you group together?
  • Are there any synonyms (words with the same or similar meaning)?
  • Are there any antonyms (words with the opposite meaning)?

This Talk Time provides the perfect opportunity to apply some of the oracy skills that we’ve been working on so far this year. These R2s will help your child to speak about the vocabulary confidently, fluently and at a good pace:

  • Make eye contact and have good posture when speaking (and listening).
  • Recall learning from class to help you remember the words you’ve used so far.
  • Take time to think about each word before trying to explain it.

Challenge yourself to play the ‘Erm…’ game. Start a stopwatch when you begin talking about a word. Keep the time running until you say a filler phrase like ‘erm’, ‘umm’, ‘you know’, ‘like’ or pause for more than a few seconds. Have a couple of attempts for each word to see if you can improve on your timings. How long can you talk for?

15 December 2023

Posted on Friday 15 December 2023 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 is the focus of this week’s Talk Time:

I can describe different ways that people look after their mental health.

I can describe how I look after my own mental health.

Increasingly, we hear about the importance of mental health. Talk at home about different ways to look after your mental health. This might include restricting screen time, getting enough sleep, and taking time – even just five minutes – as a family to relax and recuperate after a busy day.

We all get worked up from time to time – how do different people calm down? At home, explore different strategies to calm down. These may be as simple as counting to ten, going for a walk, getting a glass of water – discuss what works for you and your child.

Finally, further information about mental health can be found on the Public Health England (PHE) website ‘Every Mind Matters’ website providing NHS-endorsed tips and advice to help children and young people’s mental wellbeing and equip parents and carers with knowledge to support them.

08 December 2023

Posted on Friday 08 December 2023 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 a moral dilemma that links to our current Art topic.

Is it right that a painting can cost a million pounds?

 In fact, only weeks ago, Banksy’s ‘Love is in the Bin’ sold at auction for a record £16 million.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-58908768

The question does not have a right or wrong answer. You may already have a strong view on this but a key part of your discussions at home will be taking others’ views into consideration. Following this week’s Remember 2s (R2s) will help with that:

  • Why would someone pay a million pounds for a painting?
    • Think about what the painting represents and how it could make a person feel.
  • Why might it be considered wrong for a painting to cost a million pounds?
    • How else could that money be spent?
  • What is an acceptable amount of money to spend on a single painting?

Your discussions will build on the skills gained through this half term’s oracy focus: building on the views of others and reasoning. If you agree with someone else’s comments, you could respond with one of these sentence starters:

  • Picking up on what’s been said, I’d add…’
  • ‘As well as that…’
  • ‘In addition to that…’
  • ‘Furthermore…’
  • ‘Moreover…’

It might be that you disagree with the views of people in your household – that’s okay but it’s important to remember to respect their views, too. Whatever your opinion, using ‘because’ in your discussions will help you to put forward a strong argument.

01 December 2023

Posted on Friday 01 December 2023 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 Talk Time for this week leads on perfectly from the previous week’s statement.

I am confident that I would tell someone if I felt bullied, or if I know someone who was being bullied.

I can name people I would go to, and can explain why I’d choose them for help.

During our discussion’s a couple of weeks ago, you recalled the two meanings of ‘STOP’: Several Times On Purpose (our definition of bullying) and Start Telling Other People (our response to bullying).

We suggest approaching this Talk Time in two steps.

First, discuss why it is important to tell someone if bullying is happening. Remember, everyone is responsible for helping to prevent bullying. If you see someone being treated unfairly, don’t assume someone else will report it or that it’s a one-off.

How many reasons can you think of to tell someone if you feel bullied or know someone else is being bullied? On the other hand, why would not telling someone be a bad idea?

Second, come up with a list of people you could go to. Consider what makes someone a good person to talk to. This week’s Remember 2s are question prompts to help you when creating your list:

  • Who can not only help you feel better, but also help to explore and solve the problem?

Think of people outside of school as well people at school.

  • What do we mean by ‘trusted adult’?
  • Is talking the only way you can alert someone to a problem like bullying?

24 November 2023

Posted on Friday 24 November 2023 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 is the focus of this week’s Talk Time.

I know how to STOP bullying.

Last week was Anti-Bullying Week, we placed a strong emphasis on what bullying is and how to stop it. In fact, ‘STOP’ is an acronym that provides a clear definition of bullying:

Several Times On Purpose

An example of bullying would be someone saying on multiple occasions that you can’t join in with their game. On the other hand, getting upset/angry in the heat of the moment or accidentally bumping into someone wouldn’t be considered bullying. As part of your discussions, can your child identify examples of what bullying does and doesn’t look like?

Our school ethos statement is that our school is a happy and healthy place to learn / a happy and healthy place to achieve and believe. School will not be a happy and healthy place if we do not know how to stop bullying.

‘STOP’ not only tells us what bullying is, but also how to make it stop:

Start Telling Other People.

Ask your child what ‘STOP’ means – encourage them to remember both: Several Times On Purpose and Start Telling Other People.

This week’s Remember 2s (R2s) are actions to take if you see, or are the victim of, an unpleasant behaviour:

  • Challenge the behaviour with that person. It may well have been an accidental or something not intended to be hurtful.
  • Tell that person that you don’t like that behaviour and that you want it to stop.
  • If the behaviour occurs again, let a trusted adult know so they can explore the situation.

10 November 2023

Posted on Friday 10 November 2023 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 is the focus of this week’s Talk Time.

At the end of our Me and My Money themed week this is a chance to reflect with your child about aspects of their awareness of understanding all things financial. This could be:

  • Why money is an important part of most people’s lives
  • Understanding the difference between needs and wants
  • Choices about how to save and spend money
  • How to keep money safe
  • Comparing prices of things to give your child a growing sense of prices and value for money
  • Know where money comes from e.g. earning, finding, borrowing, being given

Have a discussion together. Is there anything they are already doing? e.g. they have a bank account, I can talk about their understanding of where money comes from. Is there anything they’d like to do/ learn more about?

 

20 October 2023

Posted on Friday 20 October 2023 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 is the focus of this week’s Talk Time:

I can describe different ways that people look after their mental health.

I can describe how I look after my own mental health.

Increasingly, we hear about the importance of mental health. Talk at home about different ways to look after your mental health. This might include restricting screen time, getting enough sleep, and taking time – even just five minutes – as a family to relax and recuperate after a busy day.

We all get worked up from time to time – how do different people calm down? At home, explore different strategies to calm down. These may be as simple as counting to ten, going for a walk, getting a glass of water – discuss what works for you and your child.

 Finally, further information about mental health can be found on the Public Health England (PHE) website ‘Every Mind Matters’ website providing NHS-endorsed tips and advice to help children and young people’s mental wellbeing and equip parents and carers with knowledge to support them.