Friday 20th April
This week, in our maths lessons, the children have been learning about how to find unit fractions of a number. In their brain builders, they have a maze. They need to work out the fractions of the numbers to find the path through the maze. In class, we have been using the bar model to help visualise the whole number being divided into equal parts. Below is an example of how we have been finding the unit fractions during our lessons.
Friday 29th March
Happy Easter everyone! Over the next two weeks, your homework is to enjoy lots of chocolate. See you in the Summer Term.
Friday 23rd March
This week, we have started looking at fractions. We having been talking a lot about the idea that a fraction is an equal part of a whole. We have been reminding ourselves that the denominator in a fraction tells us how many equal parts our whole has been divided in to and the numerator tells us how many equal parts are being 'used'.
This week the homework is very practical. I would like the children to talk about fractions at home - find fractions of different things - they always enjoy cutting up food into equal parts and working out the fraction that has been eaten or the fraction that someone will get. I have put together some pictures on a word document to help with some ideas. If the children want to take pictures to share with the class that would be great!
Friday 16th March
This week, the children have been calculating the perimeter of 2D shapes. The children have a sheet in their Brainbuilder book to complete - can they calculate the perimeter of the shapes?
Friday 9th March
This week, we have been looking at money. The children have practised adding and subtracting money and they have calculated change. This week, for there homework, they need see how many different totals they can make using 3 different coins each time. How many solutions can they find? Can they work systematically to make sure they have found all the possible solutions?
Friday 16th February
Have a fantastic half-term break! See you all in a week.
Friday 9th February
For the last few weeks, the children have been learning how to multiply a 2 digit number by a 1 digit number using column multiplication. This week, the homework is a game. Below is a word document explaining how to play with an example of how we have been laying out column multiplication during our lessons. Everyone has been given some squared paper to support with laying out the calculation in the right columns.
The children have played this game in class so they should be able to teach you!
Friday 2nd February
The children have got their maths homework stuck in their brain builder books this week. We have discussed it during our basic maths session this afternoon. We are continuing to practise our multiplication. Please can the children do some extra practise of their 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, and 10 times tables and if they are confident with those their 6,7 and 9s. We are moving on to division in maths and confident recall of the multiplication facts will support them. Also, some children are now on 37x and 55x in our times table club so quicker recall will support them with completing these in the 5 minutes.
Friday 26th January
We are continuing to practise our 8 x table so the children have each got a board game in their books to play for this weeks homework.
Friday 19th January
This week, the children have been learning their 8 x table in class. We have played a variety of games and discussed different strategies that will help us such as double three times to multiple by 8. We've also discussed that if we know our 2, 3, 4, 5, & 10 times table then we also know 2 x 8, 3 x 8, 4 x 8, 5 x 8 & 10 x 8 because we can use the times tables we already know because multiplication can be done in any order.
For homework this week, the children have the sheet below stuck into their homework books along with a multiplication square if they wanted it to help them. In class, we discussed and completed the first wheel together so they should be on the right track to complete the rest.
Friday 12th January
With the fun and excitement of our WOW afternoon creating Roman shields as part of our new topic, I forgot to hand out the homework. There will be some homework set this Friday the 19th January.
Friday 1st December
One of the curriculum objectives is for the children to be able to add and subtract hundreds from a 3 digit number so this weeks homework is just reinforcing what we have been practising in class.
Friday 24th November
The homework for this week is a game which the children haven't played before. It is called Strick It Out! The game gives the children an opportunity to practise simple addition in a fun context. I wonder who will stop their opponent from being able to move!
Friday 17th November
This weeks homework has been stuck into the children's books. How many different ways can they make 800 using multiples of 100.
Friday 10th November
This week the we have been learning a new method to help us work out addition calculations - 'Column Addition'. For your homework this week, you have a game to play called 'Closest to 1,000' which we played during our Maths lesson on Friday. Below are the instructions for the game:
The aim of the game is to get a number as close to 1,000 as possible. Each player rolls a 1-6 die and chooses where to put the digits in their grid. Once they have filled their grids then they add up their totals to see who has won.
It is the player who is closest to 1,000 who wins each round. In our lesson, we worked out how far each player was from 1,000 and recorded it as a sentence. In your Brainbuilder book, I have put in a piece of square paper so that you can carefully lay out the columns like we have been doing during our lessons.
Below is a picture showing how to do expanded column addition.
Friday 3rd November
We are busy cracking on with learning our 4x table and the related division facts. This week, the homework is a board game for you to play which will help you to practise your 4 x table in a fun way. You could make a 4 x table poster to help you when playing the game.
Friday 13th October
The children have either got a place value game to play or some riddles to solve. If you have the place value game, remember that when it asks you to write the number in expanded form it means partition the number. For example, if it was the number 245 the expanded form would be 200 + 40 + 5. I have included a sheet of numbers that can be cut out but you could also create some cards of your own if you wanted to.
Friday 6th October
This week, in maths, the children have been practising adding and subtracting multiples of ten from 3 digit numbers. In class, we have looked at the calculations and thought about how many tens are in the multiple of ten, which has helped us to think about how many tens we need to either subtract or add to the 3 digit number.
For your homework, there are different calculations that I want you to calculate. Have a go at explaining the strategy you have used to work them out.
Friday 29th September
This week the children have a sheet in their homework book. We have been looking at reading and writing numbers which links to their homework this week. I have included a sheet which will help the children spell the numbers in words.
Friday 22nd September
See the word document below for the homework. It is a game that the children have played during basic maths and they seemed to enjoy it a lot!
Friday 15th September
This week we have been looking at the value of the digits in numbers. For example, if we look at the number 321, the digits that make up the number are 3 2 1 and the value of the digits are 300 + 20 + 1 = 321. We have used place value charts and place value counters to help us partition the three digit number.
Below is a copy of the homework on a word document for this week. How many different numbers can the children make using the digits? Can they order them from largest to smallest? Are there any other observations the children can make about the numbers they have made? For example - even/odd, multiples of ...... etc.
Friday 8th September
The children have all gone home with their Brainbuilder book. This week their homework is to decorate their book however they would like. Please look at the spelling page as this has got the words for this half-term.
Friday 24th June
We are busy working towards our dress rehearsal next Thursday. This weekend, please practise the different songs from the play and your words if you are a narrator. It is going to be a great show!
Don't forget to practise the spellings too. Because we have had lots on this week with the 'Life Path' and 'Bell-boating', the children have an extra week to practise the spellings from last week's homework.
Friday 9th June
This week, in Maths, we have been looking at different angles and whether they are greater than or less than a right angle. The children have a worksheet to complete in their brainbuilders as well as a right angle checker to help them work out whether the angle is a right angle, an acute angle (less than a right angle) or an obtuse angle (greater than a right angle). They have used the angle checkers in class this week so they will be able to show you how to use them.
I have also attached a powerpoint below which explain the different angles.
Friday 26th May
If you would like a part in the play this year, practise these lines over the holidays. You will not be expected to learn the lines off by heart but just practise them and get into the character of either Rat or Mole. The auditions will take place in the afternoon on Monday 5th June.
Friday 19th May
With all the excitement of the concert this afternoon, Brain Builders were left at school! Have a lovely weekend everyone. See you on Monday.
Friday 12th May
This week, the children have a fraction problem to solve. To help them solve the problem, they could draw it in their book. Look carefully at how the square has been divided. I wonder whether you can generate any equivalent fractions.
Friday 5th May
This week, the children have been learning about adding and subtracting fractions. They have completed different problems and used the bar model and other resources to support them. In their books, they have a sheet with either a witch or a wizard on. They need to solve the addition or subtraction fraction calculations and work out which colour they need to use to colour the wizard or witch in. In the word document below, I have drawn an example to show how we used the bar model in class to work out the calculations.
Friday 28th April
Have a go at the two problems below for homework this week.
Friday 7th April
Enjoy your Easter break. Please revise Year 3 and 4 Spelling lists.
Homework 31st March
This week, the homework is similar to a problem we have tackled in class together. You may want to complete this problem practically with chocolates or draw pictures to visualise it.
Remember - the bar model will help you calculate the fractions and don't forget if it is a non-unit fraction you need to complete two steps to solve it.
Jack has 24 chocolates.
On Friday, he ate 1/4 (one quarter) of the chocolates and gave two to his mum.
On Saturday, he ate 3/4 (three quarters) of the remaining chocolates and gave one to his dad.
On Sunday, he ate 1/3 (one third) of his chocolates. How many did he have left?
What fraction of his starting number was this?
Homework 24th March
We've enjoyed another week of fractions. On Wednesday, the children even used Smarties in their fraction lesson! For your homework this week, have a look at the squares below. How many ways are you able to divide them into quarters? (The sheet is in the brain builder book for the children).
We have continued to work on our fractions this week. Have a go at the problem below. Remember to draw a clear diagram and explain your thinking.
1 - Susie ate one quarter of a cake. Dinah ate half of what was left. Amarah ate the rest of the cake. Draw a diagram to show how much each of the girls ate.
The children have got a problem to solve this week which will involve them using their 3 times and 4 times tables.
Mia has £17. She wants to buy some cakes and chocolates. Cakes cost £3 and chocolates cost £4. How many different combinations of cakes and chocolates could she buy?
Try and work systematically
Show your solutions clearly
Think - when do you know when you have found all the different solutions?
Laugh lots and enjoy your half-term! See spellings on Spellings page of website.
For the last 3 weeks, we have been learning about time. The children have either a board game to play or some time problems to solve.
The children have been learning all about time. Reading time to the nearest minute on an analogue clock and a digital, learning to solve time problems and becoming familiar with time vocabulary. This weeks homework they have a paragraph of writing with some gaps - can they place the correct time word into the gaps?
Using the time words, they can then have a go at writing their own paragraph.