Year 5 Homework
07 March 2014
For all children in Year 1 – Year 6, the homework this week is creative and is due in on Wednesday 12 March.
I can respond to my reading.
This homework follows the wonderful costumes and learning inspired by World Book Day.
As always, some ways that your children can respond are listed below:
- Write a letter to a character or author.
- Interview a character or author.
- Annotate a page of a novel with words/phrases/sentences/ descriptions that you like and why (top tip: get a photocopy of the page, don’t annotate your actual book!)
- Create a book review.
- Create a comic strip which summarises the story.
Posted by Mr Wilks on 7 March 2014
28 February 2014
This week’s homework is practice makes perfect and is due in on Wednesday 05 March.
I can use column addition and subtraction.
We’ve been doing lots of calculations in Maths this week – now’s your chance to practise all you’ve learned.
1. Complete the ‘Add or Subtract’ worksheet at home. Rather than answering on the sheet, write out each question into your homework book to show your methods for column addition and subtraction. Perhaps you could make this more challenging by creating your own questions afterwards, this time using digits with lots of zeroes in.
2. If you’re in need of an extra challenge, try some of these addition word problems…
Make sure you show your workings in your homework book.
Posted by Miss Curry on 25 February 2014
It’s the half-term, so in line with our current homework policy, there are no homework tasks or spellings to learn.
However, please make sure you’re reading lots with your child – we’re finding children are reading less than they need to if they are to gain fluency and understanding. You could take your child to a local library, hunt down an old favourite to re-visit, plan a story book for each bedtime over the holiday, read more about a favourite subject on the internet, buy a comic or magazine… And, so they have good role models, make sure your child sees you read, too!
Our current homework policy will be reviewed soon. A small number of you have told us you’re not entirely happy with it – it would be really helpful if you tell us more about what you’d like. Send us an email or speak with Mrs Weekes or me about this. Thank you.
Posted by Mr Roundtree on 15 February 2014
07 February 2014
This week’s homework is practice makes perfect and is due in on Wednesday 12 February.
I can write a script.
This homework is linked to the learning we’ve been doing in Literacy, as well as our Big Topic learning. Children should write a playscript in one of the following ways:
- They could write the ending to our class assembly script (we left it on a cliffhanger!)
- They could write their own Snowbound script, using the characters that they came up with last week.
If you decide on option 1, don’t forget to include all of our Snowbound characters: Mrs Drone, Miss Clark, Gary, Andrew, Tim and Sarah.
R2s for playscripts:
- Scene and description (in a play, this would be read out by the narrator)
- Name and colon
- Adverb or adverbial phrase (stage directions)
- What they say
Have a look at our class assembly script (attached below) for ideas.
Posted by Miss Curry on 7 February 2014
31 January 2014
For all children in Year 1 – Year 6, the homework this week is creative and is due in on Wednesday 05 February.
I know what makes a good school councillor.
It’s time for children to consider if they would like to stand for election for our new school council. With two representatives from each class, chosen democratically by their peers, all children at Moortown Primary are encouraged to take an active part in pupil voice.
Elections for our new school council will take place next Friday 07 February with our polling station and ballot boxes at the ready. Candidates will have the opportunity to give their election speech to their class on Wednesday 05 February or Thursday 06 February.
What makes a good school councillor has been considered by our current school council and in each class this week. Suggestions have included:
- ‘Communicating with others – pupils and adults.’
- ‘Having good listening skills to know what to contribute in meetings.’
- ‘Thinking of realistic ideas to suggest in meetings.’
We invite children to respond to the sentence above in a creative way – they might choose to use this time to prepare an election speech or otherwise consider this statement and present it as a character description, pictures, an interview with a current school councillor or other ideas of your own. For either option you should include the importance of voting.
Hints for your speech include:
- What skills and abilities would a good school councillor have?
- What are you particularly good at that would help you to be a great school councillor?
- What do you think would make the school better? What could you do that people would really like?
- Think of things that are realistic, maybe that you could do yourself, rather than having to ask other people to do?
Thank you to our current school councillors for all their ideas and contributions over the last year. We hope you have enjoyed this role and responsibility and you are welcome to stand again for election.
Good luck to all children who decide to stand in the elections. Results will be announced in our assembly on Friday 07 February.
Posted by Mrs Taylor on 30 January 2014
24 January 2014
This week’s homework is creative and is due in on Wednesday 29 January.
Choose an animal that lives in a cold place. Find out how this animal is adapted to survive in its habitat.
This homework is linked to our Snowbound topic. It’s the perfect opportunity for children to prepare for next week’s learning, when we’ll be looking at snow-related animals and how they survive in sub-zero conditions. You could bring in pictures or photographs (with labels to show adaptations), you could prepare a verbal presentation, you could do a piece of artwork…it’s really up to you!
Perhaps you could find out about:
- the animal’s appearance and how its features help it to survive
- where the animals shelters from the cold
- how and what it eats
Posted by Miss Curry on 24 January 2014
17 January 2013
For all children in Year 1 to Year 6, the homework this week is Talk Time:
Which two charities should we support at school and why?
It’s time for children to think about our school charities. Currently, we support Dogs Trust and Water Aid. A previous School Council selected these because they wanted to help animals and people, and wanted to help nationally and internationally. These charities were chosen because pupils passed on to School Councillors very clear and strong arguments to choose them eg Dogs Trust help us by visiting, so we have the chance to re-pay this, and everyone has a basic human right to water.
We’ve helped these charities for two years now, so it’s time for a change. We need you to have a discussion at home about which charities would be best for us to support. Each class will then discuss this and then the councillors will bring the views and ideas together to decide on the charities.
Once your child has decided on a charity, make sure they have clear, powerful reasons to support their views.
You might want to discuss whether we support…
- a local charity
- a children’s charity
- a charity which helps a vulnerable group in our community – this would link back to vulnerable groups we thought about in last summer’s Community Week
- should we ensure the new charities are very different to the current ones or previous ones?
- should we need to have charities at all?
- if your child was to set up a new charity, what would (s)he choose, and (as always) why?
Posted by Mr Wilks on 17 January 2014
10 January 2014
This week’s homework is practice makes perfect.
I can draw a portrait and describe the character using SPAM.
This is effectively two homeworks in one… sorry! We really thought that children could do with more time on both of these things and they tie together nicely – they need only take 45 minutes.
As part of our ‘Snowbound’ topic, we’re imagining that we’re stuck in school due to terrible snow. No-one can get to us, so we need to fend for ourselves in an increasingly difficult situation. We take part in this story, but there are other characters in it too, and it’s one of these characters that children are doing their homework on.
Children need to draw the character’s portrait (we took about 20 minutes in class) and then describe him or her (again, taking about 20 minutes).
Portraits could be of a family member or even self-portraits, but children should imagine that these are the faces of characters in their Snowbound story.
- First, draw an oval for the outline of the face
- Then draw a vertical ‘construction line’, lightly, down the centre of the face to help with symmetry
- A light, horizontal construction line half way down the head is where the eyes go
- Next, a construction line half way between eyes and chin shows where the bottom of the nose goes
- Just above half way between nose and chin is where your mouth construction line goes
- Now draw in your eyes, nose, mouth and ears (about eye height)
- After you’ve drawn your features, give the character hair
- Rub out the construction lines
- Add details, like freckles, glasses and shading (best done under chin, a little under eyes and cheek bones and on one side of the face only)
Children have SPAM grids to fill in: Speech, Personality, Appearance and Movement. These are all aspects of a character that, when described, help build up an image for readers. Children have done this in class, so know what to do.
We’re looking for adjectives and phrases in the descriptions, not full sentences. We’ll work on changing these ideas into full character descriptions in class next week.
Any questions, just give us a shout!
Posted by Mr Owen on 10 January 2014
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