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.
This week, we have started our new topic, focusing on non-chronological reports about animals, focusing specifically on Cheetahs (the children’s choice!!). Think about the facts we have learnt this week, can you tell your parents/careers all about Cheetahs? Why not visit your local library and find any new interesting facts about Cheetahs.
In our maths lessons, the children have been busy measuring capacity. When you are shopping, can you spot the capacity of different drinks/liquids? What can you find? What is the biggest? What is the smallest?
We have continued to research Lucy Cheesman’s and placing her life events on a timeline. Can you create your own timeline? What did you look like or what activities did you enjoy doing when you were one.. two… three… etc. How have you changed?