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Homework 30.01.2017: (due back on 10.02/2017)

Science.

This week, I would like you to use the facts on the Human Eye,  which we have examined in science. 

You are to:

Create a model of the Human Eye, via the workings of a Pinhole Camera (They are actually very similar!).   -  You should study the documents I have uploaded below, find one which suits your level of complexity and make it. I require an explanation of how it works in addition to this.

We will test the resulting working models in class, the most effective wins a brand new Mini Moto & a Pony in the colour of your choice... (Not) Go on, have a go... It's excellent fun.

Homework 13.01.2017: (due back on 23/01/2017)

Literacy.

This week, I would like you to use the skills on the timed SPaG questions which we have examined on Friday. 

You are to:

Choose 5 spellings, FROM THE YEAR 5 SPELLING LIST ABOVE, which you have incorrectly attempted from your test.   -  You should study the words from the test, work out what you did wrong & create a complex sentence which uses the word in context - this will aid you to successfully attempt the word / spelling again in the future. I require a definition of the word in addition to this.

You will be tested on these words, at any time of the day or night, at any location... (from Monday the 23th. January)

Spellings:  06/01/2017. - you will be tested anytime during the week beginning 16/01/2017 - you have been warned!

Your task this week is to make sure you are COMPLETELY up to speed with the year 3/4 spelling list...  Think: Do I really know all of these, their root words AND their meanings? - If you do, 100%, go and put your feet up - if not... Get learning.

Learning spellings off by heart is almost pointless... You need to learn the spelling and simultaneously associate the word with it's meaning & the context in which you will be hopefully using it. (there - their - they're, a classic example.)
Teaching a child the mechanics of breaking down sounds, syllables and the root word from which the word originates from is far more important. (i.e. honest - dishonest - honesty - honestly etc. etc.) linking these with their meanings & context, results in a powerful learning tool, as well as a rich & vibrant  vocabulary. 
Finally,  please, please resist the temptation to get your child to learn the spellings of the next year group - they are in Year order for a reason... You will not be doing them any favours. Similarly,  all the groups of words build on each other - don't move on until you have securely embedded the words of your child's current year group,  otherwise you will have serious gaps in their learning. 
However, all of this is near useless if the words are not pronounced correctly in the first place, this will prevent a child from ever spelling the words. (what do we record important dates / appointments on? A cal-en-der - wrong... It's pronounced & spelt, cal-en-dar. So easy to misinform.)

The New National Curriculum (2104) states that all children should have a clear understanding of the following spellings - plus, don't forget the meanings!  However, before you even think about the year 5/6 spellings, make sure you have these year 3/4 spellings nailed! - they follow on directly.

Would you like to see a 'model' homework? Yes? - then read on...

Click the link below to see a perfect example of just how the December homework should have been approached - It's near flawless & the creator (Miriam) has clearly learnt from her endeavours; which was exactly what I had intended...

Homework 16.12.2016: (due back on 03/01/2017)

 

Mathematics.

This week, I would like you to use the skills on timed mathematics questions which we have examined on Friday.  You are to:

Choose 5 questions from your No. 7 test, which you may have got incorrect / need more work on   -  You should study the question from the test, work out what you did wrong & create a guide (showing working) on how to successfully attempt the question in the future. 

You must  employ (to explain to the uninitiated) workings and jottings to support your answer.

 

 

Homework 02.12.2016: (due back on 12.12.2016)

Design & Technology.

This week, I would like you to use the skills on following instructions from Literacy & How the Maya lived which we have examined in Topic.  You are to:

Create a scale model of a Mayan home for a Peasant   -  You should create (if possible) a model using the materials and constructions we have studied - if you are successful, the model (however humble, or grand!) should show how a Mayan peasant lived.  Use all the skills you have been employing over the past two terms in school. You must  employ (to explain to the uninitiated) labelling to include: headings/sub-headings; caption/labels ; text box/paragraphs.

 

What I DO require:

  • a model, or section of a building which has been crafted with pride & reflects your passion which you have for the object.
  • labelling which supplies all the required information.
  • you to think out of the box & put in an amount of effort which you would do in class.
  • feel confident enough to try new ideas and presentation.   Remember, for every success there are many failures...
  • for you to have fun and enjoy your task.

What I DO NOT require:

  • A shoebox!
  • messy, sloppy & last minute work.
  • illegible handwriting which looks like the secret code of spiders.
  • writing which actually makes me fall asleep (I do mark work late at night sometimes) or without passion, interest, individuality or care...

Lastly... If you are not having fun, or are not totally absorbed by what you are attempting, stop, think and try another approach.  If learning isn't fun, it isn't worth doing. Good Luck.

Homework 18.11.2016 (to be completed by 28.11.2016)

The Maya

 

 

 

Please study the images above:

Using your knowledge gained in class over the past 2 weeks on the topography & climate of the area where The Ancient Maya lived, I would like you to explain the following:

Your task is to locate the following cities on the maps:

You are to:

  • using the topography map, explain what the climate of either Chichen Itza OR Tikal is like (Clue: look at the key!)

  • look around the areas of the cities, what food do you think the inhabitants of each city might have hunted / harvested / grown in either Chichen Itza OR Tikal.

  • watch your presentation - I will be studying handwriting & layout critically.

  • use formal writing worthy of a Literacy lesson.

 

Good Luck.  Any problems, please do ask. One to two pages of work will be sufficient.  Who has remembered their notebooks?!

 

Homework 14.10.2016: (due back on 21.10.2016)

INSTRUCTION / TEACHING.

This week, I would like you to use the skills on explanation & sequencing which we have examined in Literacy, to provide a suitable guide for Mathematics!  You are to:

 

Stage one (easier) - choose A TIMES TABLE which you have difficulty learning. Sit and study it carefully, think about how it may have patterns, sequences & easy to remember facts... Now, create a method / lesson / sequence, or rhymeto learn it, once and for all  remember how I showed you how I taught myself the 8 X Table? (five eights are forty... then I added in number facts)  - if you are successful, then anyone using your guide will be able to learn the X table you have chosen; also, you MUST have learnt it! Use all the skills you have been employing over the past two weeks in school.

Stage two (harder) - Do the same for two, or more times tables.

 

What I DO require:

  • a guide which has been crafted with pride & reflects your determination to learn your times tables..
  • clear writing / diagrams etc. which guides and illustrates just how to do it.
  • you to think out of the box & put in an amount of effort which you would do in class.
  • feel confident enough to try a new approach - even if you cannot employ it all correctly at this point in year 5, I don't mind.   Remember, for every success there are many failures...
  • for you to have fun and enjoy your task.

What I DO NOT require:

  • A Times Table!!!
  • messy, sloppy & last minute work.
  • illegible handwriting which looks like the secret code of spiders.
  • writing which doesn't solve the problem,  or without passion, interest, individuality or care...

Lastly... If you are not having fun, or are not totally absorbed by what you are attempting, stop, think and try another approach.  If learning isn't fun, it isn't worth doing. Good Luck.

Homework 30.09.2016: (due back on 10.10.2016)

IMAGERY / DESCRIPTION.

This week, I would like you to use the skills on description and imagery which we have examined in Literacy.  You are to:

Stage one (easier) - choose your most precious possession. Sit and study it carefully, think about how it looks, smells, feels, sounds and if relevant, tastes... Now, without mentioning it's title or name once, create a holographic description / image of it.  You should write two detailed paragraphs describing it - if you are successful, when read out, the listener should be able to identify your mystery possession.  Use all the skills you have been employing over the past two weeks in school.

Stage two (harder) - choose your most precious possession. Sit and study it carefully, think about how it looks, smells, feels, sounds and if relevant, tastes... Now, without mentioning it's title or name once, create a holographic description / image of it.  You should write several detailed paragraphs describing it - if you are successful, when read out, the listener should be able to identify your mystery possession.  Use all the skills you have been employing over the past two weeks in school.  Try and use similes & if you are particularly brave, metaphors!

 

What I DO require:

  • a description which has been crafted with pride & reflects your passion which you have for the object. (No Maude, you cannot choose Herbie...)
  • writing which creates a 3D image of your prized possession for all to marvel at.
  • you to think out of the box & put in an amount of effort which you would do in class.
  • feel confident enough to try new language - even if you cannot spell it all correctly at this point in year 5, I don't mind.   Remember, for every success there are many failures...
  • for you to have fun and enjoy your task.

What I DO NOT require:

  • A poem!!!
  • messy, sloppy & last minute work.
  • illegible handwriting which looks like the secret code of spiders.
  • writing which actually makes me fall asleep (I do mark work late at night sometimes) or without passion, interest, individuality or care...

Look above for some amazing examples to stimulate your imagination - use them as something to fire yourself up - Remember, Show, don't tell.

Lastly... If you are not having fun, or are not totally absorbed by what you are attempting, stop, think and try another approach.  If learning isn't fun, it isn't worth doing. Good Luck.

Homework: 23.09.2016. (to be completed by 30.09.2016)

Forces.

Study the picture above. 

Tiggy the cat completely regrets sneaking on board Maeve, Edie & Maude's high speed boat. (For obvious reasons...)

Your task is to illustrate the forces acting on Tiggy at this exact moment in time... (Tiggy was completely stationary in the air at the precise second the photograph was taken)

You are to use:

  • scientific language

  • a diagram showing the forces

  • presentation so wondrous, it will make anyone reading it weep with joy

  • writing worthy of a Literacy lesson.

 

If you are feeling adventurous (an extension)

Explain the following in terms of the forces acting on Tiggy:

  • 2 seconds before the photo was taken
  • 2 seconds after the photo was taken

 

Good Luck.  Any problems, please do ask. One page of work will be sufficient.

 

(Massive hint: Think about our discussions in class on forces acting on an object.  Think about: E*********m, U********d forces & F**x - Who has remembered their notebooks?!)

Homework 16.09.2016: (due back on 25.09.2016)

This week, as you have worked incredibly hard in class, a treat to start - I require a new cover for your learning journal created.

What I DO NOT require:

  • messy, sloppy & last minute work.
  • a cover which is so thick, it will not function correctly.
  • a cover which has not been designed with passion, interest, individuality or care...

What I DO require:

  • a cover which has been crafted with pride & reflects you as an individual & the work that will be contained within it over the year.
  • you to think out of the box & put in an amount of effort which you would do in class.
  • for you to have fun and enjoy your task.

I have enclosed some amazing examples to stimulate your imagination - use them as something to fire yourself up - I am not expecting something to be exhibited in the Tate Modern, merely something which will reflect your own individual personality & what you enjoy in school.

Lastly... If you are not having fun, or are not totally absorbed by what you are attempting, stop, think and try another approach.  If learning isn't fun, it isn't worth doing. Good Luck.

 

 

Congratulations to those of you who created excellent covers for your learning journals. The individuality shown was wonderful & so nice to see such different approaches. 

Those of you who were not so industrious...  Monday morning on my desk please...

By the way, please remember to refrain from 'nakedness' - one day was quite sufficient! 

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