At St. Clare’s we recognise the importance of speaking and listening skills. Speaking and listening underpins all that we do and therefore are the building blocks of learning. This homework involves discussion only. It is clear that those children who complete their ‘Talk Homework’ regularly feel more confident in tackling the different activities in school.
TALK HOMEWORK IS A CHANCE TO:
o Help your child to think through and discuss initial ideas in order to develop the thought process
o Ask your child for their opinions
o Explain your own opinion and how it is fine to have different views or opinions
o Develop your child’s vocabulary
Encourage as many family members as possible to be involved in the Talk Homework
o Make it an enjoyable activity
o Switch off the television to try to ensure that this is dedicated talking and listening time
o Use the ‘because’ word to explain why they might have a different idea.
o Encourage thinking about exciting words to use to make their writing more interesting.
o Begin a conversation by modelling… “I think that… because …
Completing this short activity will have a great impact on your child’s learning and understanding.
The work doesn’t need to be written on or sent back to school. It is just a great opportunity to become more involved in your child’s learning. If you are unsure or have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
We have shared the story of Goat and Donkey in the Great Outdoors by Simon Puttock and Russell Julian. You can share it together here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQA7LxrzGk8
Why was Goat so confused? What questions did Donkey ask Goat? How did Goat feel at the end of the story and why?
We have been learning about addition. Can you help your parents/carer with adding at home or in the shop? Can you spot numbers in your house or when you’re out and about? Can you find one more and one less? Can you find ten more and ten less? How many tens and ones are in each number that you find?
In our topic work this week, we have been learning about Lucy Cheesman, an Entomologist (someone who studies insects). Can you be an explorer and go into your garden and find some insects? How many insects can you spot? Can you discuss/find some facts about these insects?