Year 5 Homework
06 December 2013
This week’s homework is Talk Time and we’ll be discussing it on Wednesday 11 December.
Is it ever acceptable to steal medicine?
Each class in school has been given a moral homework this week. Ours relates to our current Science topic – micro-organisms. The important thing to remember with discussions about moral dilemmas is that there isn’t necessarily a ‘correct’ answer. This means that you’ll find you’ve got lots to talk about at home. Please make sure that your child discusses this dilemma with at least one adult before Wednesday – it’s useful for them to find out different people’s opinions.
Posted by Miss Curry on 6 December 2013
29 November 2013
The homework this week is creative. The children are invited to respond to something from either a cultural or spiritual perspective.
I can respond to a book I’ve recently read.
We’d like children to present their responses about a recent book they’ve read. We’re interested to hear your child’s opinions and any connections they might have made between the book and their own life. This book review might include pictures, an interview (you could write a fictional script between an interviewer and a character), a letter (eg to or from a character, or perhaps even the author) – anything which might include your child’s responses!
However, your child might prefer to do the following:
I can show what Eid, Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas or another festival means to me and my community.
Before half-term, some children in school will have celebrated the Muslim festival of Eid. A couple of weeks ago, some children in school celebrated the Sikh and Hindu festival Diwali, and more recently, children of Jewish faith might have celebrated Hanukkah. Finally, in a few weeks, Christians (and many non-Christians) will be celebrating Christmas. We invite children to respond to the sentence above – they might include a recount (like a diary entry), pictures, an interview (perhaps in a script).
Posted by Mr Wilks on 29 November 2013
22 November 2013
This week’s homework is Talk Time and is due in on Wednesday 27 November 2013.
I know what bullying means and how to stop it.
At the start of this week we had anti-bullying day with classes having the chance to talk about what is bullying, what are the different types of bullying and how can we stop it.
As part of your discussion you may find our school definition of bullying useful, as agreed by our School Councillors:
Bullying is when you hurt someone, physically or emotionally, more than once and on purpose.
Alongside this definition we have used the following prompts for the children to remember:
The purpose of Talk Time homework is to encourage a conversation around current learning. Any notes made in their homework book should 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 homework feedback session in class.
Posted by Mrs Taylor on 21 November 2013
14 November 2013
This week’s homework is creative…
I can create a business idea.
We’re having an Enterprise and Money themed week from Tuesday 19 to Friday 22 November. As part of the theme, we’re holding a competition to see which children can come up with the best business ideas. These ideas should be realistic if possible – a business making aeroplanes wouldn’t be realistic for a child, but selling their car cleaning skills would be.
In their homework books, children must communicate what their idea is and how it would make money.
They should also think about some of the following:
- Where would they sell it?
- How much would they charge?
- What might their costs be?
- Who might buy their product / service?
- How or will they advertise / promote their business?
Previous strong business ideas also included a prototype or even references from existing customers!
On Wednesday, children will be asked to share their idea with their class and then they’ll vote for one to represent them in Friday’s ‘Dragons Den’ assembly, where an overall school winner will be crowned.
I can’t wait to hear what the ideas are!
Posted by Mr Owen on 14 November 2013
08 November 2013
This week’s homework is Talk Time and we’ll be discussing it on Wednesday 13 November.
I can discuss how to work cooperatively to help a group.
This homework relates to next week’s SEAL statement. Children should discuss this subject with adults and make notes about what they’ve talked about. Within this discussion, you could think about situations where you’ve had to do group work, what makes a positive or a negative experience and why, how to overcome problems within a group, examples of good teamwork etc.
Posted by Miss Curry on 8 November 2013
…so no specific homework, spellings or tables this week. It’s a good time to relax and enjoy some time with your children – have you visited the free exhibition of Anthony Browne pictures at Leeds City Museum, for example?
Posted by Mr Roundtree on 26 October 2013
18 October 2013
This week’s homework is creative and is due in on Wednesday 23 October.
I can show what I know about Greece.
This is an opportunity for children to showcase what they know about Ancient and Modern Greece. They could do a little bit of research about an aspect that they find particularly interesting and present it in a creative way. While lots of learning will happen in our topic in the next few week, it’s fun to be able to go into more detail than time allows in class sometimes.
They could find out about:
- Greek theatre
- Greek gods/goddesses/heroes/monsters
- Greek soldiers and warfare
- Greek music
- Greek food
Posted by Miss Curry on 11 October 2013
04 October 2013
This week’s homework is creative and is due in on Friday 11 October.
I can write my own myth.
Children have been learning about writing stories for the past three weeks, as well as reading some Greek myths. Now is the time for children to write their own! They can completely make it up, so long as it sounds, realistically, like it could be a myth – no mobile phones or guns please.
Things to remember about myths:
- They don’t have a lot of characters
- They often have a moral to them
- They often feature a god
- They often have a monster in them
- They sometime have dramatic or even tragic endings
We can’t wait to hear what children come up with!
Posted by Mr Owen on 4 October 2013
04 October 2013
We had a really interesting and mature class discussion based on last week’s Talk Time homework.
We decided that an effective leader should:
- Be decisive, confident and resilient
- Have patience, courage and bravery
- Guide those who are struggling, rather than simply telling them what to do
- Listen to other people’s views and opinions
- Develop other people’s strengths
- Empower and inspire others
- Lead by example – show good manners
- Give lots of praise to people and make them feel important
- Be kind, helpful and cooperative
- Be proud, even if you don’t succeed
- Give clear instructions
- Be determined – never give up
- You don’t have to be physically strong – just mentally
- Stay calm in a crisis
- Gather information
- Be a team player
- Make it a happy place to work
This week’s homework is creative and is due in on Wednesday 09 October.
I can write a myth.
Posted by Miss Curry on 3 October 2013
27 September 2013
This week’s homework is Talk Time.
I can discuss what makes the best leader.
This homework relates to our Meet the Greeks topic, as they were famous for their debates and the founding of democracy. Children should discuss this subject with adults and make notes about what they’ve talked about. Within this discussion, you could think about whether it’s best to have one leader or a group of leaders, when a strongly opinionated leader might be useful and when it would hinder progress, if it’s best to always lead by example or should people be given roles by leaders to make the most of their skills.
Top tips for Talk Time homework:
- Switch the TV and radio off
- Get a few adults involved
- Adults start the discussion, showing children how to express their opinions
- Practise disagreeing politely
- Record something in their books
Posted by Mr Owen on 27 September 2013