Friday, 5 October 2018

World War I Topic Homework - Lower and Upper School


Topic Homework Ideas: Lower School
Literacy
Write a World War I inspired poem.
Write a diary entry from a soldier’s point of view about life in the trenches.
Take a photo/photocopy of a World War I artefact and write an explanation about it.
Film and then present a newsflash report on World War I.

Maths
Can you think of as many maths questions with the answer 1914?

Science
Design an air raid shelter using appropriate materials.  Would it be waterproof?  Would it be solid and strong?  Is there a particular shape that would be best?

ICT
Create on a PowerPoint or Google Slides presentation about World War I.


Geography
Plot on a map the two main alliances that were formed during World War I and do some research about the countries during the time.
Use points on a compass to describe how the opposing forces moved across Europe.

Art and Design
Look at different army uniforms and label their colours and features to create a poster.
Paint a watercolour of a field of poppies.
Construct a diorama of a World War I shelter or trench.

Cross curricular
Try out a World War I inspired recipe, write the instructions and take a photo of your end product.  Can you write a review on what you have made?

You can choose any activity or an idea of your own around the topic of ‘World War I’ as a focus.  Any really good examples of work, will be used in our Remembrance Day Exhibition on Friday 9th November 2018 so make it something you will be proud of!  There will be prizes for the best projects!




Topic Homework Ideas: Upper School
Literacy
Write a World War I inspired poem.
Write a diary entry from a soldier’s point of view about life in the trenches.
Take a photo/photocopy of a World War I artefact and write an explanation about it.
Film and then present a newsflash report on World War I.
Write a newspaper report about one of the events of the First World War.

Maths
Work out the wages people during World War I would have been paid compared to money today.
Write word problems for others to solve involving conversion of decimal money to pounds, shillings and pence.  How much money did people have to live on during World War I?
Measure out and convert quantities of food allowed during rationing times and convert from imperial to metric and vice versa.

Science
Design an air raid shelter using appropriate materials.  Would it be waterproof?  Would it be solid and strong?  Is there a particular shape that would be best?


ICT
Create on a PowerPoint or Google Slides presentation about World War I.

Geography
Plot on a map the two main alliances that were formed during World War I and do some research about the countries during the time.
Use points on a compass to describe how the opposing forces moved across Europe.

Art and Design
Paint a watercolour of a field of poppies.
Construct a diorama of a World War I shelter or trench.

Cross curricular
Try out a World War I inspired recipe, write the instructions and take a photo of your end product.  Can you write a review on what you have made?

You can choose any activity or an idea of your own around the topic of ‘World War I’ as a focus.  Any really good examples of work, will be used in our Remembrance Day Exhibition on Friday 9th November 2018 so make it something you will be proud of!  There will be prizes for the best projects!


Clubs start back up at Crownfield Junior!

Clubs are back in full swing and here are a few photos from Science and British Sign Language:



Daily - Library Club

Tuesday - Science Club with Mrs Strong
Tuesday - Year 3 and 4 Boys Football Club with Mr Patterson
Tuesday - Art Club with Mrs Fewings
Tuesday - Christmas Production Rehearsals

Wednesday - Year 5 and 6 Boys Football Club with Mr Patterson
Wednesday - Gardening Club with Mr Terry
Wednesday - Cookery with Mrs Terri

Thursday - ICT Club with Mrs Kaggwa
Thursday - Basketball with Mr Patterson
Thursday - British Sign Language with Miss Soo
Thursday - Christmas Production Rehearsals

Friday - Year 5 and 6 Girls Football Club with Mr Patterson
Friday - Dance Club

Drama Club and Gym Club start in January

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Year 6 turn into Crime Scene Investigators!

Year 6 were learning about Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde when all of a sudden, they were asked to investigate a very serious crime!




To be continued ...

Monday, 1 October 2018

Home Learning Information for Parents

This year at Crownfield Junior we are taking a different approach to home learning. Our emphasis is on children practising their spellings, reading (including a reading challenge) and times tables each week.

Home learning: weekly
        5-10 minute spellings practice 3 times per week
        5-10 minutes reading 5 times per week (Non-fluent readers to an adult, fluent readers independently)
        1 reading challenge completed per week (all pupils)
        5-10 minutes tables practice on TT Rockstars 3 times per week

One Half termly: Topic Task
We are conscious that this does not leave much time in our busy lives for children to do additional homework and also have time for extracurricular activities and relaxation time. Therefore we have reduced and changed our traditional homework (this used to be one English and Maths per week). Instead your child will be given a list of activities to choose from and these will be linked to a topic that the children are learning about in School. One of these activities is to be completed each half term. If your child wishes to complete more than one activity over the half term they may select others from the list. We hope that this will make homework more interesting for the children but also more manageable!

YEAR 6

In preparation for their SATs and Secondary school homework year 6 will continue to receive one piece of English and Maths homework per week. Maths is given on Mondays and is due in on Thursdays. English homework is given on a Friday to be handed in on a Tuesday.

SPELLINGS

Your child’s weekly spellings will be recorded in their yellow spelling book on the same day each week. They will be linked to spelling rules that your child will be learning in class. We encourage children to learn spellings at home using the ‘Look, cover, write and check’ method. Children look at the word, cover it over, have a go at writing it and then uncover the word to check their attempt. Children will be tested on their spellings each week. Please encourage your child to practise their spellings at least 3 times per week.

READING

Children that are developing their fluency

The first step on a child’s reading journey is to be fluent. If your child has been identified as needing to develop their fluency, they will have been given a traditional reading record. We ask you to listen to your child read as many times per week as possible (5 is a good amount to aim for). Please make a comment each time you hear your child read. There are some videos on the School website which show what we are aiming for with fluent reading. A crown on the crown sheet in their reading response book will be stamped/initialled after every 5 reads. Children will be rewarded in school for the number of reading crowns signed. Your child will also be given a reading response book and will be required to complete 1 reading challenge per week as part of their homework (see below for details). 

Crown sheet to be initialled by teacher.

Fluent Readers

Once children have become fluent readers, they then need to continue to develop their ability to understand the text that they are reading. Once your child is a fluent reader they will be given a yellow ‘home response book’ instead of a reading record. Your child will no longer be expected to read to an adult every night. You can still write comments in their reading response book if you wish but this is not expected. Instead your child will be able to read independently (5 times per week is a good guide) and show their understanding through completing one reading challenge per week. Your child will have a reading crown initialled/signed for every completed reading challenge and again will be rewarded in school. 

Example reading challenges


At Crownfield Junior we are using TT Rockstars to help children to learn their times tables. Children play games on the website/app (which can be downloaded for free). This also enables us to monitor how your child is doing with their tables. The expectation is that children know all their tables by the end of year 4. From 2020 pupils will complete government tests at the end of year 4 on all of their times tables.


 When children become a Rockstar on TT Rockstars this means that they have an average speed of 3 seconds in the studio. They are rewarded in school with a Rock party at the end of the half term when they achieve this. Children that make excellent progress or make a real effort by going on the app are also celebrated in class.

To enable your child to reach this target your support is vital. We do lots of things in school to help your child to learn their tables: play games on Rockstars, sing songs, chant, write tables out, look for patterns and many more! However you could support us at home by getting them on TT Rockstars as much as possible. A recommendation would be at least 3 times per week. If you do not have internet access at home your child can ask for a paper alternative from their teacher.  Login- Your child will be given their username and password by their Maths teacher. They have a copy stuck in their maths facts book.

Game Modes
Garage - the questions will only come from the times tables the teacher has set for the week. As pupils start to answer questions, TT Rock Stars works out which facts they take longer on and will give them more of these questions to answer. The Garage is best for getting quicker at a few facts. Players get 10 coins per question.

Studio - the questions in the Studio can be anything from 1×1 up to 12×12.

TT Rock Stars calculates each the mean speed from their last 10 games in the Studio and translates into a Rock Status:
≤ 1 sec/qu = Rock Hero
≤ 2 secs/qu = Rock Legend
≤ 3 secs/qu = Rock Star
≤ 4 secs = Headliner
≤ 5 secs/qu = Support Act
≤ 6 secs/qu = Breakthrough Artist


≤ 7 secs/qu = Unsigned Act
≤ 8 secs/qu = Gigger
≤ 9 secs/qu = Busker
≤ 10 secs/qu = Garage Rocker
> 10 secs/qu = Wannabe

Any child not completing their home learning will be asked to complete it during their lunchtime at school. We hope that you will help us by providing a supportive home learning environment for your child. If you have any queries or suggestions please contact Mrs Horne or Mrs Argent. Many thanks.

Smart School Council meeting.

On Friday 18th October all of the new School Council travelled to Mawney Federation school to work together on our new Smart School Council....