Optional homework tasks

Weeks 3 and 4, term 1 2018

Prep – Year 2

Book talk is an important part of reading. Chat about the book before, during and after reading and really encourage your child to talk about their ideas and ask questions about the book.

Here are some questions you can ask at different times before, during and after reading the book:

  • Look at the cover – what do you think this book is about?

  • What is happening in the pictures?

  • What do you think is going to happen next?

  • What was your favourite part of the book?

  • Who was your favourite character in the story? Why did you like that character?

  • If you could change the ending of this book, what would it be?


Use your child’s experiences to create links between talking, writing and reading. Here are some steps to follow:

  • Ask your child to talk about an experience or something that interests them.

  • Ask your child what part of the conversation they would like you to write.

  • As your child is talking write down their ideas. Use the child’s language.

  • Ask your child to read back the writing.

  • Your child may want to draw a picture or create something to match the writing.


Year 3 – 4

  • Keep a journal for the next 14 days. What has been the most interesting/enjoyable part of each day? Why was it interesting/enjoyable? Remember to use paragraphs as a way of grouping related ideas together.

  • Read, collect, experiment with and write recipes to create a cookbook.

  • Discuss the use of fractions, millimetres and grams. Encourage your child to make accurate measurements using kitchen scales, measuring cups and spoons.

  • Discuss how you would double or halve a recipe. Encourage your child to record the new measurements for the recipe.


Year 5 – 6

Identify, describe, and record/discuss similarities and differences between texts, including those by the same author and/or illustrator. Make a list of characteristics that define an author’s and/or illustrator’s individual style. How effective is his/her style? Why?


Encouraging children to think about money, saving money and considering how they spend money are important skills for all children to develop.

  • Encourage your child to work out how much change you will get after buying something.

  • Investigate costs for family trips together. For example, a visit to a theme park may include transport costs, entry ticket costs and food costs.

  • Discuss saving money for presents or something your child may want to buy.

  • Work out how long it will take to save this much if they get a small amount of money each week.

  • Negotiate increases in pocket money as percentages. For example, a 10% increase would be how much money per week?

  • Encourage your child to save a percentage of their pocket money or birthday money, and work out how much this would be. For example, how much money would you have if you saved 25% each week?

  • Calculate together how much a mobile phone costs per month. How much is spent on messages and how much on phone calls?



Weeks 1 and 2, term 1 2018

Prep – Year 2

Story-telling is a great way to extend your child’s language and listening skills, as well as expanding their imagination. Either you can tell the story, or encourage your child to tell the story. Story-telling might be about:

  • A favourite character from a book or television program.

  • Another family member.

  • Your child’s favourite toy.

Make it exciting, with different voices, puppets, props or a finger play.


Recognising and making patterns are important maths skills for exploring numbers, shapes and symmetry.

  • Identify and explain visual patterns on clothing, wrapping paper, crockery, cards and furniture.

  • Use coloured pegs, blocks, beads or cutlery to begin a pattern for your child to continue. For example, red, blue, white, red, blue, white.

  • Encourage your child to draw, create and describe their own patterns. Use them for borders or greeting cards or on material.


Year 3 – 4

  • Read, select and collect news articles and create an album about it. For example, a sporting team, leisure activity or pet type.

  • Write a short play and perform it for your family and friends.

  • Find a seven-day forecast then record the actual temperature for each day and compare. Graph the results. Was the forecast accurate? What were the similarities and differences?

  • Estimate the cost to buy all the ingredients to make a recipe. What is the actual cost? What was the difference between the two amounts?


Year 5 – 6

  • Read several articles together on the same issue to get more than one opinion. Discuss the different views expressed.

  • View a movie based on a book and make comparisons. How were they the same? How were they different?

  • Select five products from the catalogue then calculate what the cost be if there was a 50% sale. Does it make a difference if you add up the items, and then deduct 50%, or if each item is reduced by 50% then totalled?
  • Find a shopping catalogue. What is the best value sale item in the catalogue? Can you explain your reasoning?