Year 5 Homework

11 July 2014

This week’s whole school homework is creative following our themed week, Staying Safe.  It should be returned by Wednesday 16 July.

I know how to stay safe.

Throughout this week, a variety of visitors have worked with classes to deliver key learning about different aspects of safety.  These include:

  • water safety (lifeguard – Mr Glass and RNLI)
  • scooter training (Mrs Strange)
  • bike maintenance (Edinburgh bicycle cooperative)
  • skateboarding (sk8 safe)
  • trampolining (Roundhay high school)
  • food/kitchen safety (school kitchen)
  • first aid (British Red Cross)
  • e-safety (One day creative)
  • road safety (Leeds City Council)
  • drug education (dside)
  • safety within engineering (Mr McDermott)
  • bike security (police)

Alongside these external visitors, children have been learning other aspects of safety within their class.

The creative homework is a great opportunity for your child to demonstrate their learning from this week. They could:

  • write a poem
  • produce a quiz
  • create a comic strip
  • produce an information leaflet
  • create a crossword
  • …or anything else they can think of.

 

04 July 2014

This week’s homework is practice makes perfect and is due in on Wednesday 09 July.

I can learn five new words and use them in my writing.

This homework is literacy-based. As the children reach the end of their year in Class 5, it’s important that they continue to challenge themselves, in preparation for Year 6. This homework aims to give children the opportunity to do just that!

I’ve asked the children to find five new words and learn them. This will mean:

  • learning how the words are spelt
  • being able to use their words in sentences
  • remembering the meaning of the word so that they can use it in their future writing – again, and again, and again!

They’ll need to prove to me that they’ve learned them in this way when I check their homework on Wednesday.

27 June 2014

This week’s homework is talk time and is due in on Wednesday 02 July.

I can discuss ways to deal with different feelings.

This homework is linked to next week’s SEAL statement, so it’s worth thinking about in preparation for Circle Time and other SEAL-related activities. Although it’s quite similar to a recent talk time homework, this week I’ve asked the children to focus their discussion on changes – our SEAL theme for this half term.

The children could think about changes they’ve experienced in their lives (expected or unexpected), and reflect on the strategies they used to deal with their feelings about these experiences. For example:

  • moving house
  • moving school
  • getting a new brother or sister
  • the death of a pet

As always for talk time homework, please make sure that your child either makes notes of your discussion, or you sign their homework book to show that you’ve chatted about it.

20 June 2014

This weeks’ whole school homework is Talk Time and also involves completing the pupil health questionnaire sent home with your child.

I can share my views about health.

Emotional health and obesity are our two main health targets to further our healthy schools status and the questions are linked to these areas. They include:

  • Are you happy at school?
  • What do you enjoy most about playtimes and lunchtimes?

Please support your child to complete the health questionnaire in order to find out their views on some of our key health issues at school.  This should be returned to your class teacher by Wednesday 25 June.

 

13 June 2014

This week’s homework is:

I can complete a diary about my lifestyle.

This includes what snacks they eat, how much they exercise do and how long they spend doing different activities. The homework has come from Mrs Taylor, who leads health in our school – it doesn’t take long to fill in and is used by local government to understand what children’s lives are like and how healthy they are. The diaries remain confidential and personal information will not be discussed in school if children don’t want to.

As per communication sent with the diaries, parents can choose not to ask their child to fill one in, though I expect this to be for a specific reason.

The alternative homework is practice makes perfect:

I can compare my own shopping list to a WWII weekly shop.

During our topic lesson on Wednesday afternoon, children compared my shopping list to that of a family during WWII. We weighed out my food items to help us with this – it’s amazing how much we can eat in comparison to families during the war years. Children should use their measuring skills to compile a list of food products and weigh them – they could even try to find out how much of that item they would have been able to buy during WWII.

Either homework should take around 45 minutes to do over the week and are due in on Wednesday 18 June.

06 June 2014

This week’s homework is talk time and is due in on Wednesday 11 June.

I can discuss, and find out more about, WWII.

Although this is a talk time homework, I’ve asked the children to make a few notes about what they find out, ready to discuss next week. This homework could be done in a number of ways:

  • There may be someone at home who experienced the war first-hand (grandparents or even great grandparents) – perhaps they will want to share their memories with you. They may even have some war souvenirs that you could show at school!
  • Your family may know somebody else who has knowledge of WWII
  • You could spend your homework time researching WWII for yourself – write down some key facts that you didn’t already know and chat to people at home about them

Oliver!

Although we haven’t set any homework for the half term break, Mr Owen and I have asked children to have a go at learning some of the songs for our summer production, ‘Oliver!’. Last Friday, each child from Year 5 and 6 was given a set of song lyrics to take home, but just in case you need it, I’ve attached a copy below. Perhaps you could search for the songs online and sing along!

Some children with main speaking parts will have also been given their lines to learn – it would be great to get started with rehearsals straight after the break, so do your best to learn as many of your lines as you can!

‘Oliver!’ song lyrics

16 May 2014

This week’s homework is creative and is due in on Wednesday 21 May.

I can create my own WWII identity card.

This is our second piece of homework linked to our current topic. In DT, the children have created their own evacuee’s suitcase – now it’s time to start packing it! The first thing we need is an identity (ID) card.

During WWII, everyone (including children) had to carry one of these to show who they were and where they lived.

The following website will give you some ideas about what the ID card should look like, as well as key information to include (simply copy and paste the web address into your browser). You can also find out why it was so important for people to carry ID cards with them at all times.

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/war/idcards.html

Children can be creative with their cards: they might want to stain it with tea, design their own stamp or even come up with a new address…

09 May 2014

This week’s homework is talk time and is due in on Wednesday 14 May.

I can discuss how people show their feelings in different ways.

This homework is linked to next week’s SEAL statement, so it’s worth thinking about in preparation for Circle Time and other SEAL-related activities. I’ve asked the children to think about different emotions (happiness, grief, anger…) and ways in which different people might show these feelings.

As always for talk time homework, please make sure that either your child makes notes of your discussion, or you sign their homework book to show that you’ve chatted about it.

02 May 2014

This week’s homework is practice makes perfect and is due in on Wednesday 07 May.

I can remember all my MUST DOs!

This week in Literacy, we’ve been focussing on sentence-level learning – in particular, speech punctuation.

It’s now time for the children to practise all that they’ve learned, using the homework worksheet. It’s crucial that children remember the MUST DOs (highlighted in orange).

  • Dan announced: “I’m absolutely exhausted!”
  • I’m absolutely exhausted!” announced Dan.
  • Limping slowly, Simon moaned, “My foot is broken.”
  • My foot is broken,” Simon moaned, limping slowly.

Now it’s your turn…