Monday, 10 June 2013

Year Four and Five Homework

1. 'Book Report' Presentations on Friday. Try out yours on Mum/Dad/someone at home tonight! Keep it 3-5 minutes, please

2. Comprehension spelling word test Friday.

Monday, 3 June 2013

Year Four and Five Comprehension: Spellings for Comprehension

Please learn all of the comprehension vocabulary spellings for a SPECIAL spelling test next Monday.

Test: Next Monday

P.S. You'll also give your Book Presentation next week.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Year Six Poetry Presentation

1. Prepare a three minute presentation on a classic poem (no short, 'funny' poems - challenge yourself, please!)

Due: presentations on the Friday after half-term. 3 minutes. You may use PowerPoints, Prezis, models or posters. Do discuss M.R. S.R.A.N.D. D.R.O.P.S.

2. Read 'Mowgli's Brothers' from the Jungle Book, too.

Year Four Half-Term Homework: Reading Presentation

Nothing beats a good book.

For half-term, I want you to read a book and prepare a three minute presentation to share with the class.

This presentation might take the form of:
* A PowerPoint
* A poster
* A model

In your presentation, include:
1. Who is the author?
2. Summarise the plot (What happens in the story?)
3. Why is it a good book?

We'll present on the Friday after half-term.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Year Four Prose

Write a conversation betweeen a brother and a sister arguing about the remote control. Include the 'bracketing' comma in a coloured pencil.

Begin like this:

"Huh, give it to me, sis!" shouted Bob.

Write 1/2 page.

Due: Friday

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Year Four Comprehension: An Author's Use of Descriptive Techniques

Please complete the Cellar comprehension.

Due: Monday.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Year Six Poetry

1. Personification Poetry

Write a personification poem

Focus on each line (that the line 'for a walk' using your poetry cards)

Write four-five excellent lines describing the personified abstract noun.

We'll redraft and turn into a Prezi on Monday.

Link to Prezis here.

2. Bring in a story from the papers - a human interest poem.

Year Four Redrafting

Write a second go - a second draft - of your 'Can't Get There From Here' story (the Desmond going home story).

You must write 1 1/2 sides of A4.

Don't forget to include brackets!

Due: Monday.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Year Six Rehearsal

1. Rehearse your app presentation to your parents/someone at home - the site with your example is

2. Wear neatest uniform & hair tomorrow. Don't forget polished shoes & badges.

Year Four Bracketing Comma


Write about your hobby, e.g. dancing; model making; dinosaurs.

Write 10 lines. Include at least 5 'bracketing commas'.

Use a coloured pencil for the commas, please.

Due: Friday

Friday, 3 May 2013

Year Six Concrete Poetry

In class you created some concrete poems.

I want you to to create a concrete poem using materials you find, e.g. Create a poem about a tree by painting on leaves - arranging the leaves into the shape of a tree!

Create a poem about food by using ketchup on toast - arranging the toast
into the shape of a fork!

Create a poem about a t-shirt by using felt tips on a t-shirt!

Get creative!

Due: Tuesday

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Year Four & Five Weekend Homework: Can't Get There From Here

Please write the first draft of your 'Can't Get There From Here' story. Don't forget to set the scene. Write 1 1/2 sides of A4.

Please complete the 'self-assessment for self-improvement' sheet once you've written your first draft.

N+E: Don't forget to tick off the punctuation pyramid as you write! Reach Level 5, please!

P.S. Listen to this podcast before you start writing!

Due: Friday

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Alpha Plus TeachMeet LiveWriting Example

See more examples of LiveWriting here.

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Live Writing Year Four Brackets

Write a 10 line paragraph about a horrible smell. Include at least five brackets - with some of the brackets beginning 'a' or 'an'.

Due: Friday.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Year Four & Five Homework

Please complete the Anansi comprehension. Attempt all of the questions.

Due: Friday

Year Five and Six Live Writing

Homework: Enter this week's 100 Word Challenge on your Kidblog. Use ideas from the Live Writing session to help!

Due: Tuesday

Friday, 26 April 2013

Year Six Homework: PicLit

Create a three line simile poem using either: 1. PicLit (and print) or 2. Take a photo or draw a picture, and write a three line poem on it (stick it on)

Year 4, 5 & 6 Homework

Write a 8 lines description of the street scene in Jo'Burg. Use all the five senses and a bracket.

Year Five: Include a colon & a semi-colon.

Due: Monday

Year 4

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Year Five and Six Homework: Haiku, Brackets and Flipped Classroom Homework on Setting the Scene

Year Six

We have been learning about haiku.

Task: Write a Housework Haiku on your Kidblog. Make sure you 'take a sentence for a walk' using your Cards before commiting each line to paper.

Due: Friday

Year Four & Five

1. Write a description of your ideal – perfect – bedroom. Include a bracket in every sentence.

My bedroom (which is at the top of the stairs next to the Cinema) is like a New Year's Eve party. The bed (which is made from pure gold) is next to the enormous bookcase, and just behind the Playstation 5.

Feeling clever? Include similes and metaphor, too!

2. Prepare for Friday's lesson with this Flipped Classroom homework.

Listen to this podcast:

Watch this video:

Watch this ShowMe:

Due: Friday

Monday, 22 April 2013

Year Four, Five and Six Homework for the first day back!

Year Six
Please create 10 'Taking an idea for a Walk Cards'. We'll laminate these and use them throughout the poetry unit.

Due: Tuesday

Year Five and Four Comprehension
11+ comprehensions can be tricky - so I have added some hints to our LPPlus VLE to help you if you get stuck! This includes some teacher podcasts, so you can try to understand some of the techniques being used by an author.

Click on the link for comprehension hints:

You'll need to sign in with your pupil login and username.

Due: Friday

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Year Four, Five & Six Easter Holiday Homework

Year Four Homework is here.

Year Five have a hard-copy pack, working on developing their use of descriptive techniques.

Year Six Homework is here.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Year Four & Five Comprehension: Considering Question Types

Task: Please complete the 'Birthday Present' comprehension here.

Due: Tuesday (because we're not at school on Friday!)

Holiday homework tomorrow!

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Year Four: Exploring Themes from our Class Reader

We are reading Journey to Jo'burg, set in apartheid-era South Africa.

Homework: On piece of A4, research & produce a poster about the life of Rosa Parks (an American - not a South African). Why is she famous? What did she do? Why is it important?

You may use any media - computer, cut-and-paste, crayons - for your poster.

Start your research here.

Due: Friday

Year Six 'School of Start Ups' Project Evaluation

Please write your 'School of Start-Ups' project evaluation on an Evernote, using the class Evernote account.
No access to the internet? Type up your evaluation, save it on a USB or email it to Mr Hitchen, and we'll add it to the Evernote at school.
Due: Friday
Tag your Evernote: 'school of start ups', 'entrepreneur' and [your name]

Write 4-5 lines for each sub-heading.

Try to include all of the following key words:
  • Business
  • Entrepreneur (a person who starts a new business from scratch
  • Start-up (a new business started from scratch)
  • Investor
  • Customer
  • Profit
  • Loss
  • Product (the 'thing' you're selling)
  • Unit (one of the 'things' you are selling, e.g. we sold five units this month

1. What have you learnt about designing or inventing a new product?

2. What makes for a good business pitch? How good are you at pitching?

3. What have you learnt about the benefits (the 'good reasons to') start a business?

4. What have you learnt about the challenges (the 'problems') of starting a business?

5. How effectively did you work with your partner?

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Year Four Comprehension: P-E

Please complete the comprehension.

Due: Friday.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Year Five and Six Homework: Pitch & Pompous

Year Six

If you were to buy all the ingredients for a food product and sell it to our students, what would it be?

Write a pitch for this business, using the A F.O.R.E.S.T. techniques.

Make sure it is aimed at your potential investor - I have £5 to invest in one of your businesses.

Be careful to explain exactly how you would spend my £5, e.g. you'll need to cost the ingredients you need. No borrowing from the kitchen!

Tip: Start by investigating recipies!

Write up your pitch on the VLE here.

Due: Monday

Year Five

Write a story - a pompous teacher who is taught a lesson by his pupils. Write 1 1/2 sides of A4.

Don't forget to describe the pompous teacher.

Due: Monday

Year Four Composition: Writing a Second Draft

Please write the second draft - the second 'go' - of your 'The Tunnel' story. Make sure you include lots of feelings, please.

Write 1 1/2 sides of A4.

Due: Monday

Monday, 11 March 2013

Year Five & Six Homework

Year Five
Please complete the Spy 11+ comprehension.

Due: Friday

Year Six
With your partner, build a prototype of your product for the 'School of Start Ups' project. Obviously, you'll have to use your imagination - and divide the task with them...

Bring your model/prototype next Monday.

Due: Next Monday

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Year Four Comprehension: P-E or A-Q

Please complete the new Alien comprehension, making sure you include a quote each time.

Due: Friday.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Year Five Composition Homework: Using the Colon & Semi-colon

Next week Year Five are going to start to write comic - funny - stories.

To prepare, I want you to describe five people/animals in your family.

My Dad loves watching football; I can't stand watching it. His thinning hair is white and black like a zebra. If you look closely, his nose is terribly long - like a wooden puppet - and he has huge, hairy nostrils. I love my Dad: he buys me everything I want! Ha!

Year Four Creative Writing: The Tunnel using Direct Speech

Please complete your 'The Tunnel' story.

Write 1 1/2 sides of A4.

Don't forget to indent!

Due: Monday

PowerPoint on the VLE here.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Year Four Prose Style Homework: Indent Direct Speech

Year Four have been learning to INDENT new paragraphs.

Homework: Please write a conversation between a cat and a dog. Indent all paragraphs. Write half a page.

Due: Friday.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Year Four Comprehension: Story with a Dilemma

We read a story with a dilemma - and thought about how to open our comprehension answers:
• Never begin with he/she/it
• Always begin with a proper noun, e.g. Bob
• If you don’t, it can be really confusing
• Don’t start with ‘Well’
• Don’t start with ‘I think…’ (of course you do!)

Homework: Complete the 'Alien' comprehension. 'Have a go' at all of the questions, please.

Don't forget to check that your answers begin with a proper noun, not a pronoun.

Due: Friday 8th March.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Year Four 'Flipped Classroom' Homework

1. Don't forget to bring in your Comprehension on Friday

2. Read the 'Dialogue' pack, listen to the podcast above and complete the front page.

Due: Friday

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Year Four Comprehension: Story with a Dilemma

Task: Please complete the 'Pet' comprehension. 'Have a go' at all of the questions! Speak to Mr Hitchen on Tuesday if you have any questions.

Homework is due on Friday.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Type up your Harris Burdick Story for the Radio 2 500 Word Challenge

We are going to enter you Mysteries of Harris Burdick stories for the Radio 2 500 Word Challenge.

Type up your Harris Burdick story on the wiki here here.

Due: Monday

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Spy Project Stories Setting the Scene

Monday, 14 January 2013

Year Six Comprehension

Please attempt the 11+ comprehension & story continutation planning (you don't have to write the story - just a plan).

Please complete under timed, examination conditions.

Reminder here on how to continue a passage in an examination.

Due: Tomorrow.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Year Five & Six Homework

Year Five
Please turn the 'Naughty boy in the corridor' into a full story. Aim of one-and-a-half sides of A4.

Due: Friday

Year Six
Please complete the 'Answering Questions about Figurative Language' sheet. Good luck on Friday, girls!

Monday, 7 January 2013

Year Six Comprehension Homework: The Poacher

Please complete the North London Consortium-style 'Poacher' comprehension, paying particular attention to the question about Arthur's character.

Due: Next time you are in school.

Saturday, 5 January 2013

10.00 a.m. Saturday 5th January: Livewriting

Join Mr Hitchen in taking part in this morning's creative writing session at from 10.00 a..m.

Click here: