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Homework for the half-term is simply to make a note (either brief or in detail if they would like) on what they are doing or have done each day. I would like the children to have a really good, well deserved rest, however during the first week back in Literacy, they will be writing a chronological recount of their holiday - hence notes would be useful! If they are looking for activities during the break, then they may wish to draw pictures or take photos to put into their work, but only if they want to.   
Homework for week ending 2.2.18 is to research information on an animal which lives in a rain forest. Those who have already begun their research can now look for specific detail on habitat, camouflage, diet etc. If they would like to print out small pictures such as labelled diagrams, maps and images of their animal, they can glue them into their books when we begin writing the actual reports on Wednesday 7th February. 

Class Three’s Homework for week ending 26.1.18 is to collect data and present it in whichever format they think is most appropriate, such as a line graph or bar chart. Their challenge is to then think of some tricky questions to present to their maths partner on Wednesday next week. Year 5 might be able to keep a check on the temperature in the house through the weekend (using the thermostat control rather than using a thermometer) maybe at 8am, 12pm, 4pm and 8pm and pose questions relating to why the temperature might rise or fall. Year 4 may want to keep it a little simpler and produce a bar graph of number of minutes spent reading between Friday and Tuesday and again pose questions on why someone might read for longer on Saturday and Sunday than on Monday and Tuesday.


Homework this week is to find a favourite story and look at how the author uses interesting words and phrases to describe characters, settings and plot. Choose 4 brilliant descriptions and write them on your piece of paper (or type and print out if you prefer), then look at how the story ends. What are the final words? Does it end with a cliff-hanger? Is the ending a surprise? Is it a sad or a happy ending? Try to get a few ideas ready for planning your ending on Monday.

Homework for this week is to complete a times table grid, colouring in all of the multiples of 6, then shading the multiples of 4. At the bottom of the page are boxes where the children need to write all of the numbers that are multiples of both 6 and 4. The sheet should be in your child's book bag. This is due in on Wed 20th January, please. 
Homework will be set at the beginning of next week (8.1.18) rather than today (5.1.18) to give the children a little extra break after such a short holiday. It will not be due in until the following Monday.
There is NO set homework for the Christmas holiday, however as always, please encourage the children to read and take opportunities to play times tables games. As a child, I was asked to write Thank you letters to relatives and friends who had given me presents, so if you want to encourage your children to do the same, they can be rewarded with golden points and/or raffle tickets when we come back to school in January. 
Homework for week beginning 18.12.17 is to take a careful look around your home, garden and local neighbourhood for interesting angles (not angels, though there may be plenty of those around at the moment!). We have been investigating angles in Maths this week and are discovering that most angles we come across on books, doors, tables etc are right angles, so we're on the look out for anything different. Year 4 children can draw their shape and label their angle acute, right or obtuse and Year 5 can try to estimate the angle in degrees. They are becoming increasingly accurate at that skill.
Homework for week beginning 11.12.17 is again to make sure the children know their song words and individual lines for the Christmas performance.
Homework for week beginning 4.12.17 is to learn the words of the song Little Fir Tree, in preparation for our Christmas Performance.

Homework for week beginning 27.11.17

In preparation for hot-seating and drama in our Literacy lesson on 5.12.17, the children need to research the life of Howard Carter, in particular, the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun. There are several videos that they can watch and make notes from, as well as many websites specifically for children, such as Ducksters History for Kids. They will be given lined paper to do this on, which can later be transferred into their Homework Folder. If they wish, they can type information using the computer, but please avoid using cut and paste, as this often means children simply transfer text without necessarily being able to read it or understand what it means.


Homework for week beginning 13.11.17

Homework for week beginning 6.11.17 is to improve speed and accuracy of multiplication and division facts. Have a look at Top Marks Maths game Hit the Button and select Times Tables and Division Facts

Children can select whichever times table they feel they need to work on, but can also try challenging themselves (and brothers, sisters and even parents!) to a game.

Homework Week Beginning 30.10.17

Homework Week Beginning 9.10.17 Science - Water resistance

Homework for Week Beginning 2.10.17

Homework for Week Beginning 25.9.17

Homework for Week Beginning 18.9.17

In class, Year 4 have been rounding 2 and 3-digit numbers to the nearest 10. I have included in their homework, questions asking them to round to the nearest 100 as well, in order to see if they can transfer their knowledge to the next level. Please feel free to either help, or say that this is what we will be working on in class next week. 

Year 5 have been rounding to the next 10 and 100 using 3, 4 , 5 and even 6-digit numbers. They have not yet rounded to the nearest 1000, but I would like them to try, as these particular questions are quite straightforward and I know that they will relish a challenge. 

Week Beginning 4.9.17   Class 3's Class Charter:
Homework is to prepare your own class charter, including anything from our School Values, the British Values plus the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) from UNICEF. You may wish to create a scroll and stain it using a teabag so that it looks ancient and important, create PowerPoint slides, or simply write a list with bullet points on plain paper. The charters will then become part of our class display and as a class, we will choose the layout we like best and use that as the charter we all sign. Please can it be ready for Wednesday 13th September.

Home Learning - 07.07.17


After an eventful day at the river conducting topic research and playing cricket at Budleigh cricket ground, home learning will be set on Monday so we have a chance to talk about and discuss the task as a class.




Home Learning - 23.6.17


For home learning this week, please could the children practice their words in the play but more importantly, the song lyrics as they are our weakest area at the moment.


Songs to focus.


Dragon Days - first two verses in particular

So Alpine - all of group 1's lyrics

No Way Down - only certain children singing this - make sure we know it well! Less of us singing so each person needs more impact!

Home Learning     09.06.17


Next week we'll be moving to a unit of multiplicative reasoning. In this unit, amongst other learning, we'll be multiplying 2 digit and 3 digit numbers by a 1 digit number (Year 4) and multiplying numbers up to 4 digits by a 1 or 2 digit number (Year 5) using a formal written method including long multiplication for two-digit numbers.

They have covered this before but would beneficial to recap this.


Here's some links to some examples with explanations:

Grid method


Long/vertical method (has a few names)


Use a random number generator

or just create your own numbers to multiply.


Complete 5 (or more smiley)

Home Learning  19.5.17


We've had a great time learning about the digestive system. The children have been tasked with creating a rap/song/poem for the digestive system and have started creating this in class. For home learning, they will need to continue this. If they started with a partner, they can bring together their ideas from home learning to create a finished product.


We will perform this for you at the end of the week, Thursday, at 2:30!



Below are some good websites for information. - Digestive system clip; – More information on the digestive system; - More information on the digestive system.

Some BBC clips about the body



Home learning and message              12.5.17


I’m playing catch up with some of the home learning books and quite a few children have not completed the home learning again. To mark the books as a whole, I’ve given them the weekend to complete this.


That means this week I’d like children to concentrate on times tables and their respective divisions ready for multiplications and divisions in the 99 Club.


As a reward for being quiet this week during SATs, the children have requested a breakfast morning like the Y6 children had. This will happen on Monday and will consist of toast, spreads and some juice. I'll bring some chocolate spread and jam but anything more specific, you're welcome to bring that in too.

Home learning     05.05.17


Some great instruments from last week's home learning! nofrown


In literacy, we've been reading Mr Stink and exploring the characters alongside the use speech in the story. We wrote an extract for a book about a girl called Jess going into Raj's shop and the children really enjoyed it. So home learning this week is to write another extract/scene about a character of their choice who meets Raj. This could be in his shop or at some other location.


The children should try to add some humour but the focus is on speech punctuation and a balance between character speech and the author telling the story.


Speech rules identified by the children.


1. Speech marks - beginning and end of the actual part being said

2. New speaker, new line - this includes the author

3. Start with a capital letter

4. A piece of punctuation inside the speech marks - the TRICKIEST one for the children!

e.g. "Remember your punctuation," reminded Mr Szender. 

Home Learning 28.4.17


We've been finishing our science unit on sounds this week and last, and home learning this week is a science project.


The children need to make an 'instrument' where the pitch can be changed. In class they have explored how the thickness, tension and length of an object vibrating changes the pitch (speed of vibrations).


For this task, I gave the example of an elastic band where a child held one end and another plucked the band. I then increased the tension of the band (not the length) by rolling it up with a pencil and repeated plucking to change the pitch. This can be explored with wire or drum skins.

Home Learning 21.4.17


Next week in maths we will be developing our understanding of time; this will include word problems involving time and timetables.


For this week's home learning, I would like the children to create 5 word problems involving time. We can then solve each others' problems as part of our maths - please ensure you have solved the problem too so that you have the answer (and workings out) to hand.


You might want to obtain a timetable and use this as part of your problem question/s.


It can be as simple as - I left my house at 2.48 and arrived at my friend's house at 3.32. How long did it take me to get there?


It might be something more complicated from a timetable like - I want to arrive in Exeter by midday. What bus do I need to get from Exmouth town? I need to be at the bus stop 10mins before the bus. When should I get there?


Happy home learning smileyfrowncheeky

31.03.17 - Easter home learning


In your home record books, your child will have written some spellings on this week's page. These are spellings that they have had previously and have spelt incorrectly. If they could learn these over the Easter holidays that would be great. Many of them are from the Year 3/4 or Year 5/6 statutory spelling list that is stuck in their home record books.

Any other practise of words on this list would be beneficial.

They highlight words they have spelt correctly and dot any they have not.


Several children did not hand in their home learning this week (adverbials), please could this be done too. Only six children handed it in on time on Thursday! I have reminded the children that I will expect this in after Easter.


These are links to word lists (on the twinkl website)


Happy spelling! smiley




24.3.17 Home Learning


This week we have been writing short stories that fit a specific genre. We have been trying to make our stories short but also concise while including certain literacy/grammatical elements.


Home learning this week will help the children to include important, extra detail into their short stories. The focus is adverbial phrases which add detail to/modify the verb in a sentence. An example of this is on the sheet but here is a nice video clip from BBC Bitesize which might help -

The children have been given a sheet and chosen a challenge. Blue Challenge is 'Adverbials 1' and the Red Challenge is 'Adverbials 2' (your child can explain the Red, Blue and Black challenges).

Below are the online version of the sheets.

17.3.17 Home learning


We have finished off the week learning about division methods in maths. Many of the children have been using the chunking method along a number line to support their understanding.  

For this example we have been saying 'How many 4s are in 96?' Then using our knowledge of multiplication facts to help find the answer.

Many have been doing division with remainders, when the (for this example) chunks of 4 don't go into the number exactly. E.g. 22÷10 (how many 10s are in 22?) = 2 r2. Two with two left over.

Some have even been converting these remainders into decimals (only when ÷ by 10, 5, 4 and 2).


Their challenge this week is to find division in the real world! They should record their problems in words and then solve.


For example, I always need printing. I have 4 pictures on a sheet of paper and I need one picture for everyone in the class (17). How many sheets do I need to print? 17÷4 = 4 r1 because 4x4=16 with 1 left over to make 17. The answer can't be 4r1 sheets! So I need to print 5 sheets to ensure everyone has a picture. 4 x 5 = 20 and I will have 3 spares.


You might find divisions in a packet of biscuits, pocket money for children, sharing objects with friends and family etc.


Any questions, as usual, pop in a see me.

10.3.17 Home learning laughsmiley


In literacy, we have started a unit on narrative poetry and for home learning this week, the children need to learn a poem of their choice.

They have already selected a poem in class. There are initial plans for a poetry afternoon/evening for the children to showcase their learned poems and those that they will write at the end of the poetry unit. It should be a fantastic


We will also be performing a class poem at Isaac's fundraising event on Friday 17th. Your child should have their part of the poem to learn in addition to this. Our first practice went really well this afternoon!


3.3.17 - We will be kick starting the 99 club again next week after a short break. Home learning this week is to practise your times tables by exploring the games on the Top Marks link in our Class Three, 99 Club page.


In your home learning books, you need to write a review of your favourite games.

Why is it your favourite? What made it the best? How does it help you learn your times tables?