Some maths homework!

Hi Everyone,

This week, I’d like you to investigate the app store and the internet to find some appropriate games, apps and information websites that you could use to help further your understanding of fractions, decimals and percentages.

When you find an appropriate website or app to use, post it as a comment below. You must include the name of the app or website, a rating out of 5 and why you gave it that rating. Was it fun, were the instructions clear, did you learn something new, have a light bulb moment, would you app or website be good for people who are struggling a little, or students who are a bit more confident.

We will use our comments to guide us on the types of apps and websites we can use during independent maths or warm up time.

I’m looking forward to seeing what apps and websites you can find.

Subtraction and Addition

As you know, sometime this week, we will be having an assessment of our knowledge of addition and subtraction. I strongly suspect that this will be happening on Friday, however it may be earlier.

It is in your very best interest to be practicing your addition and subtraction skills.

I have set tasks for you on Maths Online to access- if these are too tricky or too easy for you, you can choose another activity from Maths Online that better suits your ability.

You can also use Hit the Button (

You can access Maths is Fun (
This is just the menu page for Number, choose addition and subtraction and then read through the page- click on the links, try the activities and worksheets.

You can use the Maths Trainer

Read the tips and tricks pages.

You also have at your disposal any number of apps on your ipad. Choose the apps that are going to be at your level. If you are a clever clogs, you should not being doing addition to 10.

The more you practise, the more likely you will be successful when we have our assessment!


Good luck everyone!

Dear Sir/Madam

Dear Younguns

Please find attached 3 separate documents which shall guide you on your journey towards writing your letter for your Sovereign Hill Sir or Ma’am.


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Let me stress to you, that this is the BEGINNING of your research. You will need to complete a considerable amount of research before you begin writing your letter. You will be given some class time, however you WILL need to do homework. By the end of the term, we are expecting you to have completed a plan and draft of your letter.

On the first day of Term 2, we will complete our good copies, these will then be posted on the Tuesday.

Your Writing Folder

This year’s writer’s notebook is a little different than previous years. We are trailing the use of folder to keep all literacy ideas together. Your folder will include your brainstorming, plans, photos and clippings, special words and sayings, names, titles and special sentences. As we move through the year, your folder will also be a place for you to keep information on spelling, grammar and punctuation.

You must create 3 covers for the folder

Front: name, title grade and a collage of inspirational writing prompts (photos, book covers, magazine cut outs)

Spine: Name and Grade

Back: All about me collage – pictures of your family, pets, friends, favourite holiday etc

Your completed folder is due at school on Monday 8th February


That’s right! You are an independent learner, and even if you have finished all of your class work there is always something you can be doing to stretch your brain. Allocating a little bit of time each night to doing some homework will prepare you well for high school.

By now, you guys are aware of a great range of websites and apps to practise your maths and English skills. You should also be developing a great range of research skills to enable you to look into our class topics and your own areas of interest.

Homework will be due Mondays usually and will include but not be limited to:

– completion of class tasks

– 30min of nightly reading from a Just Right Book focussing on reading goals recorded in Student Diary

– collection of “seeds” for their writers note book – text, photos, vocabulary

– practising multiplication tables

– spelling tasks

If you have any questions throughout the year about homework expectations or tasks contact me at 


Monday 1st Feb –

label all items in your tool box (tool box, grey lead pencil, red pen, ruler, eraser and sharpener) provide and label a pencil case with coloured pencils.

Of course, as our other supplies arrive, you will need to label them also.

Monday 1st Feb-Friday 5th Feb
What’s in a name short presentation task.
Please refer to the blog post below.

Monday 8th Feb –

  • Cover writing folder
  • collect seeds for writing this term

What’s in a name?

Hi Folks,

Here’s your first mini homework task, I’m hopeful that you will think it’s a bit of fun.

What’s In a Name?
You are to give a speech that is no longer than two minutes. These will be presented over the next week.  You may use notes, but you may not read directly from them. Just check them to make sure you cover everything about your amazing name. Tell family stories about your name. Ask your mum and dad about it and do some further research. When you give your speech, you can be funny or serious, but let your fascinating personality show through your talk. Entertain and inform the class. Don’t forget to have fun!  If you work hard, you and the class will know just how special your name is and how it helps to make you unique.

Fill in the following information as preparation for your What’s in a Name speech. The information does not necessarily have to be presented in this order:

  1. First name:
  2. Middle name:
  3. Last name:
  4. The person you were named after:
  5. Do you like your name? Why or why not?
  6. The meaning of your name (you can look it up on the Internet, there may be more than one meaning, so you can choose the one you think best fits you):
  7. The ethnic origin or the language your name comes from:
  8. The nicknames your family or friends call you:
  9. What your family calls you:
  10. What friends call you:
  11. The reason you are called by your nickname:
  12. What you would like to be called?
  13. If you could have any other name, what would it be? Why?

I’m looking forward to hearing your mini speeches about your name!