Homework

Homework

Dear Parents/Carers,

Following the feedback from parents, we are continuing with the same format for homework this year.  We expect that every child completes all of the homework set to the best of their ability.  The homework aims to drive children's achievements and to raise pupils interest in learning.

Children are expected to complete weekly homework basics of learning sounds, reading, practising spellings, number facts and times tables (Y2 upwards).  If this is completed it really does make a difference by boosting children’s confidence and embedding essential skills.  It is important that all children read at least three times a week – more is a bonus and your child will benefit from this regular reading.  Please sign in the home-school links book to indicate that the reading homework has been completed.  Encouraging your child with their homework will support their progress at school and develop good routines for learning at home as they grow up.  To get the best outcomes, try and choose a good time to complete the task, a suitable space that is quiet and most of all make it fun and offer plenty of praise for effort as well as the end result.

In addition to these daily homework tasks, children have been given a book to decorate.  This is for the themed homework which will be introduced throughout the year.  Each teacher will lead one of these homework projects which will be linked to a special event and curriculum subject. They will be launched via an assembly to all of the children and the details of the homework project will be provided on a sticker in the homework book.  Further information will be provided on the newsletter and on this school website homework page.

The projects will vary over the year and the aim is to provide a range of additional learning activities to broaden knowledge and interests. All children from Nursery to Year 4 will follow the same homework theme but the tasks will be tailored to suit the age of the children.  We will issue the homework on a Thursday and the date for the return deadline will be made clear on the sticker.  Depending on the nature of the task, you may present work in the homework book but sometimes this may not be possible for instance if you have made a model.  If this is the case, please also return your child's homework book in readiness for the next homework being set.  Should you have any questions or difficulties with the homework tasks, then please contact your child's teacher either in person or via email.

We aim to release these additional homework tasks one by one at evenly spread out intervals over the year, by doing this we hope it has made homework more manageable for parents and children to find time to fit it in. We also hope that for parents with more than one child this has eased some pressure by having the same whole school theme.  The icing on the cake would be to create some household excitement about homework, at school we intend to create a real whole school buzz!  So we will look forward to seeing your child’s efforts as homework is returned to school, good luck and most of all enjoy.

All children who take time and effort to complete these extra tasks will be awarded with a new special homework sticker.

Best wishes, Mrs Butler

Road Safety Homework

How to Teach Road Safety - Verulam Autos

 

Date for returning - Monday 5th December

Miss Mohring is setting our fourth homework challenge of the year! This week, we have had an assembly about Road Safety. We shared why it is important to know how to cross a road safety as well as explaining how we cross safely.

Your challenge is to:

EYFS - Make a thank you card to thank our local lollipop lady for keeping us safe.

KS1 - Create a poster explaining how to cross the road safely.

Ks2 - Write a set of instructions on how to cross the road safely.

I can't wait to see your homework!

Remembrance Day Homework

Annual Remembrance Day Breakfast

Date for returning - Monday 21st November

Miss Day is setting our third homework challenge of the year! This week, we have had an assembly about Remembrance Day. We shared why it is important to honour the service men and women who fought for us and those who continue to fight for us today. We also thought about the Emergency Services who often work alongside service men and women.

Your challenge is to:

EYFS - Draw or make a medal for a hero who has shown bravery.

KS1 - Design and make a thank you card to thank service men and women, and the emergency services, for protecting us.

Ks2 - Research why we wear poppies for Remembrance Day. Can you find out what the red, white, black and purple poppies represent? You could present your work as a poster, a fact file or use a computer.

I can't wait to see your homework!

If you would like to complete some additional activities in honour of Remembrance Day, here are some ideas below:

Bonfire Week Homework

Date for returning - 4th November 2022

Mrs Cheetham is setting everybody their second homework challenge of the year!  We have had an assembly in school all about bonfire and what what our challenge is.

Click here to view the homework!

Space Week Homework

World Space Week 2022 - UKspace

Date for returning - 14th October 2022

Mrs Gray is setting everybody their first homework challenge of the year!  We have had an assembly in school all about astronauts and what what our mission is.

EYFS - Draw, colour or paint a picture of an astronaut in space.

Key Stage 1 - Find out what an astronaut needs and then design a space suit.  Label the space suit showing what features you have included.

Key Stage 2 - Research an astronaut. This may be one we have looked at in our assembly or a different one.  Present what you have learnt however you like.  You might write about it, make an information poster, create a book, use the computer - the choice is yours! Just make sure it is full of facts.

If you are enjoying finding out about space and astronauts, you might like to look at some of the videos or try some of the activities below in addition to your homework - enjoy!

How to Draw an Astronaut

If I Were an Astronaut - a story read from space

Newsround - Astronaut Tim Peake answering children's questions

Nasa Kids Club

Space Kids

 

Geography Homework

Date for returning - 22nd June 2022

Miss Mohring sets a challenge for you, see below!

EYFS - Design or create an animal shelter to encourage animals to live safely in your garden.

KS1 - Design or create a recycled or up-cycled useful object that you could use.

KS2 - Design or create a game that uses recycled or up-cycled materials.

I hope your child enjoys completing their homework, many thanks for your continued support.

Safer Internet Day Homework

Date for returning - Monday 28th February 2022

 

On Tuesday 8th February it is Safer Internet Day, the theme for this year is 'All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online.'

In school the children have all watched and discussed an age appropriate powerpoint which is linked below.

Miss Falato is setting everybody a challenge -

EYFS - Can you use your device to go online safely? We would then like you to draw your device showing what you do online?

KS1 - Can you create a bright, colourful poster all about the SMART rules or being safe online? This could include key words, fact, top tips and pictures.

KS2 - Research an animal using the internet safely. Can you type this information up and insert an image?

I can't wait to see if you can follow the top tips to use the internet safely!

Below are some links to some other websites for more information and games relating to Safer Internet Day.

Safer Internet Day 2022 - UK Safer Internet Centre

Smartie the Penguin | Childnet

Teaching Your Child about Internet & Online Safety | NSPCC

Play Interland - Be Internet Legends (beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com)

Keeping safe online - BBC Bitesize

I hope your child enjoys completing their homework, many thanks for your continued support.

Storytelling Homework

Date for returning - Monday 7th February 2022

From January 30, 2022 to February 6, 2022 it is National Storytelling week! We had an assembly powerpoint and video all about Storytelling and then Mrs Cheetham has set some homework!

Mrs Cheetham challenges you!

EYFS - Can you create own set of puppets to your favourite story? Use your puppets  to retell the story! You could bring in your puppets or send the video through teams!

KS1 - Can you create a story map for your favourite story? Use it to retell! You could bring in your map or send the video through teams so we can see you become a storyteller!

KS2 - Can you make choose your favourite short story or a chapter of a longer story and practice retelling it with actions until you don’t need to look at the story. Send your teacher a video on teams so we can watch you be a storyteller!

 

Below are some links to some other websites for more information and examples of storytelling!

Tiddler with props

Hungry Caterpillar with puppets

Little Red Hen

Gingerbread man

 

I hope your child enjoys completing their homework, many thanks for your continued support.

Music Homework

Date for returning - 16th December 2021

Mrs Seymour sets a challenge for you, see below!

EYFS - Can you create your own instrument to use alongside the song twinkle twinkle little star?

KS1 - Can you create and play your own instrument in time with the rhythm to the song twinkle twinkle little star?

KS2 - Can you change the lyrics to twinkle twinkle little star to make it all about winter?

I hope your child enjoys completing their homework, many thanks for your continued support.

Remembrance Day Homework

Date for returning - Monday 22nd November 2021

 

As it is Remembrance Day this week, the children have watched an assembly about the meaning of Remembrance Day and the importance of poppies.

Miss Day is setting everybody a challenge -

EYFS - Create a picture or a model of a poppy or a poppy wreath.

KS1 - Create a picture or model of a poppy or a poppy wreath and research why we wear poppies.

KS2 - Write a poem about poppies. This could be an acrostic poem, shape poem or any poem of your choosing. There is an acrostic poem template below if you would like to use it. You could decorate your poem too!

I can't wait to see your amazing artwork and poetry, so get creative!

If your child has enjoyed learning about Remembrance Day, you may wish to complete some of these additional activities:

Many thanks for your support!

Space Week

Date for returning - Monday 18th October 2021

 

This week is Space Week!  In school the children have watched an assembly about Space and the 8 planets in our Solar System.

Mrs Gray is setting everybody a challenge -

EYFS - Draw, colour or paint a picture of the solar system.

KS1 - Make a poster showing what you know about the solar system.

KS2 - Research the solar system.  Show what you find out in an information leaflet or a fact file.

You might find this information useful

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I can't wait to see your amazing ideas so get busy and enjoy!

If your child has enjoyed learning about the solar system, they may enjoy these additional activities.

Home Learning Links (for useful website information)