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Home Learning for Week Ending 14.12.18

Next week in our Literacy time we will be focussing on the Christmas Story and our RE topic for the final week is 'Why is Christmas important to Christians?' Over the weekend and during the early part of next week, please can the children keep a look out for where, when and how the Nativity story is told or is presented in images and music. One of the most obvious is on some Christmas cards but there are many, many more examples. The children may wish to draw examples or simply make a list. 

Home Learning for week ending 30.11.18

Home Learning is linked with next week's Literacy, asking family members if they have a favourite poem, then either learning it by heart if it's not too long, or maybe finding a copy on the internet which can be emailed to school for us to print out.

Our main focus will be Christmas poetry, but if you have any poetry books at home which you are happy for your child to read, that would be great.

Home Learning for week ending 23.11.18 (not due in until Monday 3rd December)

In class this week, we have been investigating angles. Year 3 have been searching for right angles around the school, whilst Yr 4 have been measuring acute angles, right angles and obtuse angles.

For their home learning, I would like the children to investigate angles around their home - which angles are the most frequent? Do all doors, windows and furniture have right angles? Why might that be? Where might we find smaller (acute) and larger (up to a straight line - obtuse) angles? The children may want to draw or again take photos of their discoveries. Please do email photos to school so we can print them out for you.

Due to the fact I was out of school on Friday and am only putting this online on Sun25th, the deadline for this home learning is extended to Monday 3rd December.

Home Learning for week ending 16.11.18 is a follow-up from our activities at the allotment today. Children were asked to pair up with someone from a different class who they perhaps didn't know very well. They then had to try to discover what makes that person, the person they are. Some children discovered they had favourite sports in common or favourite foods or liked the same animals or games. Some discovered they had totally different interests!

At home this weekend, I would like Dragonflies to find out either as many different things about one person, or one thing about lots of different people. They may want to ask just family members, or maybe neighbours and friends too. The information does not need to be recorded if they can remember it to share in class next week, however one child asked could they do a picture of the people they asked and write the facts around them. Either would be lovely. I hope this will be great fun and be an enjoyable time of sharing.

Home Learning for Dragonfly Class Week Ending 18.9.18.

This is a ‘Real World Maths’ task which we did in class on Monday. The children all have a paper copy in their book bags. Please can the children try a similar activity at home, using any 5 or 6 packets or tins from your cupboards. Everyone can try the first activity and for bonus golden points they can try all 3 sections. 

Home Learning for week ending 21.9.18 is all about different forms of writing. The children have been asked to search for as many different types of writing both at home and outside. I have attached an example of what they might find and again, if they would like to take photos and create a document they can save, it can be emailed to school to be printed out for them. Alternatively, they may want to draw examples on paper and simply label what it is.

Early birds returning home learning on Monday and Tuesday will receive bonus golden points as an incentive!

Have fun!

Home Learning for Dragonfly Class for week ending 14.9.18

This week, we have all been working on place value. Year 3 need to be secure in their understanding the value of each digit in a 3-digit number, whilst Year 4 need to do the same with 4-digit numbers. There are many rather dull worksheets available on place value, however I would prefer the children to enjoy what they do at home and be enthusiastic about involving other members of their family with their tasks (apologies - no peace and quiet after all!).

Please can the children investigate where numbers appear around the home and, if possible, a car too (inside the fridge, on the boiler and thermostats, on televisions and computers, digital clocks, mileometers etc). They can then identify what the digits stand for and their values (time in hours and minutes, temperature in degrees celsius etc / 3:20 on a digital clock means 3 o'clock and the 20 is 20 minutes past 3 or 18 degrees on the thermostat means the temperature is... etc) and their purpose (eg. if the temperature in the house is set at 18-22 degrees, then we know the house will be warm, whereas if we put it to 30 it will be way too hot. If the fridge is set too cold, the food will become slightly frozen and if it's too warm the food will go off quickly). 

I neglected to give the children paper, but if they could draw or photograph whatever they find and write the numbers down too, that would be fabulous and we can share their findings in class next week. Photos can emailed to school to save you printing them out at home.

Most numbers will probably be 2-digit or to 2 decimal places, so the real challenge is to discover 3 and 4 digit numbers, hence the suggestion of the car! 

I have attached a link to NRich maths on numbers if you wish to take this any further.

I hope you and the children have fun.


Home learning for week ending 29.6.18

On Tuesday evening next week, we will be presenting our entry for the Kingfisher Award. In preparation for this, the children need to be really fluent explaining why quality of soil is vital. In class, we have been looking at and touching different soil types and everyone is beginning to understand the links between good quality soil, good quality grass, healthy, well-fed cows in well-maintained fields and the production of lots of milk. Please can the children take as many opportunities as possible to look at different gardens, fields and patches of land, taking note of the soil. Oliver French noticed a great example outside the church today; there are areas of very poor quality soil, where there are lots of stones and the soil looks exceptionally dry. Here the grass has hardly grown and is thin and patchy. In contrast, the main grassed area by the steps has really nice, lush grass - the soil there is deeper and was raked in preparation for the grass seeds. This can be recorded in labelled diagrams or pictures with captions, with a very brief description of where it is and what has been observed. We can also use this as evidence of our interest on our display board at Bicton. Thank you.

Home Learning week ending 22.6.18

The children have all been given scripts for The Pirates of the Curry Bean and have been asked by Mrs Alcock to begin to learn parts as appropriate. Please can the children also go through the songs so they begin to know some by heart. If your child isn't sure which part they are playing, they can double-check with Mrs Stannard on Monday and just focus on song words over the weekend. 

Home Learning week ending 15.6.18

This week we have begun working on our presentation for the Kingfisher Award. The children know what they need to do but we are being secretive so it's not on here!

Home learning for week ending 8.6.18

Next week in Literacy, we are going to start work on our presentation for the Kingfisher Award. We will be looking at all three areas covered when we visited Dalditch Farm: Soil types and soil erosion, Milk Movers (life at a diary farm) and Hedgerow habitats and creatures. Please can the children make notes on at least one of these elements as their home learning. It doesn't need to be lengthy, but needs the key questions that arose and what we found out. I have attached all of the photos onto our class page, which should jog a few memories of the morning! The children have all been given pieces of plain and lined paper on which to draw some pictures (plus captions please) and make their notes.

Home Learning for week ending 18.5.18:

Please can the children really focus on times tables and telling the time this weekend and throughout next week. Most children are now able to calculate simple differences in time, counting on in hour and minute intervals eg. If it is 2pm now, what time will it be in 2 hours 10 minutes? However, many still find it tricky to calculate duration given the start and finish times eg. If you get into the bath at 7.30pm and get out at 8:05pm, how long were you in the bath for? Or: If you arrive at the County Show at 10:45am and leave at 4:30pm, how long did you spend at the show? Another one to try is: If it takes you 35 minutes to eat your tea and tea is at 5:45, what time will you finish? Any extra time (pardon the pun) that you can spend on this, will be really beneficial.

Home Learning for week ending 11.5.18 is to write a letter (either formal or informal) to any person of their choice - perhaps to someone famous, in which case they could make a copy and  post the original if they want to! In class, we have identified all of the key features and layout of different types of letters, so there will be bonus golden points if these are remembered and included. There will be additional golden points if the letter is beautifully presented too.

Home Learning for week ending 4.5.18 is to investigate measuring the capacity of a variety of containers by first estimating (using knowledge learned in class this past week), then using a 1 or 2 litre jug to fill a different container, such as a mug or glass. By subtracting the amount left in the jug from the amount they began with, it is very straightforward to calculate the new container's capacity.


We also discussed how they could try to calculate the amount of water used in the bath or shower. One method would be measuring how many seconds it takes to fill a 1L jug, then multiplying that amount to calculate 1 minute's worth, then times the number of minutes they shower for, eg, 1L in 20 seconds, x3 to calculate 1 minute (=3L in 1 minute), then if you shower for 10 minutes, multiply by 10 (3L per minute x 10 mins = 30L in 10 minutes). Alternatively they could time how many L they use in 1 minute but that would mean holding, counting and emptying the jug and not actually showering! In this lovely hot weather, they could see how much water is needed to half-fill a paddling pool.


Have fun!

Home learning for week ending 27.4.18

Next week in Literacy, we will be writing biographies of Sir Walter Raleigh. For their home learning this week, the children need to collect notes on his life, discoveries and travels. They may print out pages of information from the internet to turn into notes in school, or better still, write their own notes from information they have read. If they have any books or want to recommend a particular website on Walter Raleigh that they want to share with the class, that would also be great.

Home Learning for week ending 23.3.18

This week we have been learning how to read and plot co-ordinates. For homework, Yr 4 need to plot given co-ordinates to create different shapes and Yr 5 need to plot co-ordinates using all 4 quadrants. The children have been given printed out sheets and squared paper, but the sheets are also attached below.

Homework for week ending 16.3.18 to do consider which is their favourite genre in writing, then decide which aspect of The Rainforest or Mountains they would like to write about. On Monday, in Literacy, the children will plan their writing, so it would be very helpful for them to think ahead, as they have a wide range of text types to choose from (narrative/story, newspaper report, diary, discussion, persuasion, instruction, explanation etc). 

Homework for week ending 9.3.18 is mainly to investigate deforestation, finding as many different points of view as possible, from farmers, builders, conservationists, the logging industry, scientists, the government etc. We will then use this information to hold a debate before planning our writing. Here is one example for the children to use:


In Maths next week, we are going to use every element of maths we have been learning, to investigate school dinners (fractions and percentages of different meal options selected each day, quantities required for a day, week, half-term and year, cost of food items and drinks and ratio for diluting etc).

If possible, it would be very beneficial and interesting for the children to accompany whoever goes to do the food shopping for the weekend or for next week, so that they can begin to investigate price differential depending on brands and quantities. For example, if 12 children order jacket potatoes next Monday, how much would that cost? How many large potatoes are in a typical bag? How much might each potato weigh? If everyone selects carrots next week, how many carrots would we need to buy? Is it better to buy them loose or in bags?

Please don't worry if you are unable to explore any element of this; it doesn't matter and won't hinder your child at all, as I will be bringing a variety of items into class on Monday. It might be fun though but apologies in advance, it will probably slow down your shopping trip with cries of, "Why don't we get this instead? This is much better!"

Homework for week ending 23.2.18 is to really focus on learning times tables facts, ready for our new unit on Multiplicative Reasoning next week in Maths. Try saying tables forwards and backwards, singing them and maybe using funny voices too! Ask people to throw random tables questions to you at any time of day and see how quickly you can respond. If you're up for a challenge, after giving the answer, turn it into a division fact too, so if someone asks you 4 x 5, say 4 x 5 = 20. 20 divided by 4 is 5 and 20 divided by 5 is 4. That should really impress your family and friends!
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?