Students are encouraged to use the homework/ study planner in their diary if they have regular activities occurring or just for them to plan around snack time, their favourite TV show or music practise. Block out the times that they know they’ll be busy then they can select the times to schedule for homework.


Reading Log

Each week students are expected to read at least 5 times for a 30 minutes. This will be recorded in their Reading Log (in homework books) and parents are asked to sign this document. It is important to plan the week in advance so this regular reading can take place. Reading Logs will be checked on Monday in class.



Most weeks all students will have a Hotmaths lesson to complete set at their level. This task will be set on Monday and should be  begun as early as possible so that if students encounter any difficulties, they have time to clarify their understandings with me with enough time to complete the task before Friday. Students are asked to attempt all tasks without major assistance as I will have access to results and use them as an indication of where students are at. I will then use this information to offer appropriate support. Questions do get harder as the activities go on, so if you’re not sure towards the end don’t worry. However, you are able to attempt questions repeatedly until you are satisfied. All working out should be recorded in your homework book, as this is valuable information on how you unpack a question and solve a problem.

After you have finished your set tasks you are welcome to play some of the games to help you with your automatic recall skills.

100 Word Challenge

100 word challenge

  • Write a response to writing prompt
  • experiment with style and genre- use it as an opportunity to practise something new.
  • Focus on paragraph structure,  sentence structure, and word choice.
  • Always go back and check spelling and punctuation.
  • Post on blog
  • Show to parent – Parents checking to see it makes sense  (they can add a comment to show they  have done so)
  • Once you are happy with your post, you also need to submit your work on the 100WC site.  To do this, follow the steps in this link Steps to Posting on100wc site
  • An extra option is to use Audacity to record your completed post and add this mp3 file to your post.

Behind The News

  • Write a weekly post on a Behind The News article.
  • Your post should have a title BTN and the name of the article. Copy the url (web address) of the episode and paste it next to the title so people can check the episode. If you know how to create a tag or category, categorise it BTN and any other tags or categories that are appropriate.
  • Watch the article once to get the overall idea , then a second time taking notes.
  • Select your audience. (is it your teacher? your peers? the producers at BTN? kids? the government?)
  • Start your post with a summary sentence- what was the article about.
  • In your post include 3 recall (pieces of information/facts or details that stay with you) , 2 questions you are left with-things it makes you wonder (at a high standard you might suggest where you might find out the answer- occasionally I would expect you to seek out an answer and include it in your post), and at least 1 insight you’ve gained from the news report (understandings- what do you ‘get’ now that you didn’t before- what did the creators want you to come away understanding OR can be an opinion or a connection to your own life)
  • It is very helpful to colour code your responses- with a different coloured font for recalls, insights and questions. That way it’s easier to create a flowing paragraph. Have a look at this link to Ruby’s blog for a great example of this.
  • Always go back and check spelling and punctuation.
  • Show to parent -Parents checking to see it makes sense  (they can add a comment to show they  have done so)


    • Focus on paragraph structure (topic sentences and linking sentences)
    • Focus on sentence structure (complex and compound sentence and, for more experienced writers, playing with the order of the clauses)
    • Focus on word choice (substitute simple for more sophisticated, complex or technical). For more experienced writers also look at the use of adverbial and adjectival phrases.