Topic AND Grammar homework – due Monday 11th of December

Topic

This term, we have been looking at the story of Theseus and the Minotaur. The ancient Greeks created many mythical creatures that were often based upon being part human. Next week, we will be creating a non-chronological report based upon a mythical creature that the children have created themselves. This creature needs to be part human and part beast. For homework, we will be giving the children a piece of paper to design their own creature. Whilst drawing the creature, the pupils may want to consider special powers or behaviours that their creature may have. Consideration might also be given to where the creature originates from, why it came to be and where it might live.

Grammar

To prepare for the week ahead, we would also like the children to research the features of a non-chronological report and write a short piece about the main featuresto stick in their books.

The children need to bring in their homework on paper this week and not post on the blog.

Click on the links below to help you learn the features of non-chronological reports:

Non-chronological reportwriting

Non-chronological reports

Grammar homework – Due Friday 8th December

This week, we would like the children to look at standard formal English and some of the language and the grammatical conventions that go with it. To prepare them for this, we would like the children to convert this informal letter into a formal one, using formal language and grammatical structures.

Alright Dave!

How’s it going? Whatcha been up to? I aint done nothing all week cos I has been well poorly.

Coupla days ago, I ate a dodgy burger. It tasted rank. A few hours later, I was chucking up everywhere. It was grim! I bet you is glad you wasn’t there mate!

Anyhow, gotta dash.

Laters mate!

Steve

Topic Homework – Due on Monday 4th December

This week, in topic, we will be looking at Ancient Greek religion. We would like the children to research the three following questions and then choose one Ancient Greek god to write about.

  1. Who was the king of the gods?
  2. Where did the gods live?
  3. Who were the Titans?

Choose one Ancient Greek god and write some interesting facts about them to share with the class and stick into books.

Grammar Homework – due Friday 24th November

Next week, in English, the children will be looking at newspaper reports and writing their own piece based on our work on Theseus and the Minotaur. We will be asking the children to use quotations in their work so we would like the children to research the following:

Direct speech

Write a definition for direct speech.

What are the rules for direct speech?

Give an example to show understanding.

Indirect speech

Write a definition for indirect speech.

What are the rules for indirect speech?

Give an example to show understanding.

We would like the children to bring in an age appropriate newspaper report and highlight where direct speech has been used and where indirect speech has been used (if applicable).

Ancient Greece- homework due for Monday 20th November

Next week, we will be looking at the different forms of governance in Ancient Greece. These approaches are still used around the world today. There is a large amount for the children to learn so we would like the children to only take one element and be able to talk about it to their peers. We have arranged the children into colour groups and would like them to only look at the features of the one approach that they have been allocated. The four areas are:

MONARCHY: Orange group

OLIGARCHY: Red group

TYRANNY: Blue group

DEMOCRACY: Green group

We would like the children to think about the following:

  • Write a short definition and give an examples
  • Write the benefits of this approach.
  • What are the problems?
  • Look up any countries that still use this approach today.

 

Visiting author Mitch Johnson years 5 and 6

Years 5 and 6 had a special visitor this morning in the form of the author (and former Ecton Brook pupil) Mitch Johnson. His debut novel Kick is currently being read by all classes and follows the story of Budi, a 12 year old boy who is mad about football and works in a factory that makes football boots. He works hard and lives a life in poverty that can be very tough at times. In his talk, he discussed how child labour can often be exploited in countries such as Bangladesh, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. The story is very powerful and made us think more carefully about where the clothes that we buy come from. 

Grammar homework – due on Friday 17th

Last week, in grammar, we looked at synonyms for common words. This week, we will be looking at antonyms. We would like the children to complete the following:

  • Write a definition for antonyms.
  • Find antonyms for the following words and then list  three tier 2 words (higher level vocabulary) e.g. Big = small, tiny, minute, miniscule
  • Tired
  • Young
  • Shout
  • Loud
  • Strong

 

 

Topic Homework – due on Monday 13th November

This week, in our topic on Ancient Greece, we will be looking at the Greek Olympics. We will be comparing the modern Olympic Games to what the Greeks used to do. We would like the children to prepare some information on the following questions:

  1. When did the modern Olympics begin?
  2. Why do countries participate in the Olympics?
  3. How often do the Olympics take place?
  4. Where do the Olympics take place?
  5. Who can take part in the Olympics? (gender, season, race – think about the Paralympics)
  6. What events occur in the modern Olympics?
  7. What do people wear in the modern Olympics?
  8. Has anything unusual happened at the Olympic games?

The children will be using this information in their lesson on Monday.

 

Topic homework- due in for Monday 6th November 

This term, our topics in English, History and Geography centre around Ancient Greece. We will be looking at many elements of Ancient Greek life. We would like the children to research just one small element of the ancient Greeks to share with their class at the start of the project. Some ideas for this MIGHT be:

  • Tell a story from Ancient Greek times
  • Choose a famous Ancient Greek figure – either real or mythical and discuss them.
  • Look at a type of Ancient Greek art work and discuss it ( sculpture, painting, pottery)
  • Research an Ancient Greek nation such as Sparta or Athens and discuss it.
  • Research an Ancient Greek god and discuss their powers.
  • Research a key event in Greek history and discuss it such as the battle of Thermopylae.
  • Mythical Greek creatures

These are just some ideas that could be used. If the children have something different linked to Ancient Greece that they would like to investigate, this would also be useful.