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Voice box joke competition homework task

posted 3 Oct 2016, 10:25 by Jill Barnfather

Renton Primary are participating in a national joke competition to promote communication.
As part of their  homework this week Primary 6 are being challenged to write a joke. Each child has to have either write or research a joke.
During talking and listening lesson this week they'll be able to practise their joke looking at timing and the other soft skills used  in effective communication.
Children can write their joke in their homework jotter but they need to bring it in for Thursday.

The best joke from each class will then be performed at a special Reward Afternoon assembly  on Thursday 13th Oct @ 1pm assembly in front of the whole school and a judging panel who will decide on the joke that we are going to enter into the UK wide competition.

Here are some website to help with the joke writing.




Now for some tips to help you write your joke.

  1. KNOW your material. The fastest way to ruin a joke is to read it instead of telling it. Practice telling your joke several times before telling it. Try it out in the shower or while pushing a shopping cart full of stuffed animals down a deserted alley. If you know the joke (without reading it) it won't sound like you are reading it. *Bonus tip* In real life, nobody says, "he replied" or "she responded." These are telltale signs of someone reading a joke instead of performing it.

  2. Consider your audience? For example, my gran may not get a joke about Facebook or Twitter but your friends might.

  3. Keep it short and sweet... but not TOO short. You are not doing a stand-up routine, so you will start to lose momentum 10 minutes into your 'joke.' Keep it around a minute. But, trim it all the way down to a one-liner and you may start to drift into the cheesy zone.

  4. Be the Joke. Give each character a voice or an accent. Add some sound effects. A joke is a story and the better the production value, the better the joke.

  5. Don't use accents unless you have mastered them. Nothing's worse than an Irish brogue that sounds more like an Indian accent or a cowboy that sounds like a drunk muppet. (we are bringing in some pro's and will have some great voice lessons real soon)

  6. Keep the rhythm. Flow with the story and tell it until you get it right. The final performance should be flawless before you release it to the world. Umm's and missed cues do not make for enjoyable viewing.

Websites to help with language target homework.

posted 3 Oct 2016, 10:05 by Jill Barnfather

At the moment Primary 6 are working on improving their punctuation.
In their home-school diaries there will be a current punctuation target they have chosen.
Here are some ideas to help them reach their targets.

General punctuation games.

Commas in a list

Apostrophes in contractions.

Websites to help with Maths

posted 13 Sep 2016, 12:31 by Jill Barnfather   [ updated 3 Oct 2016, 09:54 ]

These links will be added to as I and the children come across games and resources which aid us in our learning.
They will be grouped under maths topic headings to help children support themselves in the maths areas they need to target.
Not all areas of maths can be covered with online games, sometimes  just practising with paper and pencil or talking with your children can be just as effective.

Place Value

Estimation and Rounding


Lots of games to speed up your accuracy of your timetable facts on top marks.


Multiplication word problems.


Primary 6 homework

posted 13 Sep 2016, 12:17 by Jill Barnfather   [ updated 13 Sep 2016, 12:19 ]

At Renton Primary School homework is valued for children and parents/guardians and teachers to build a shared responsibility for learning. We believe that homework can:      

  • Enable children to consolidate and reinforce their skills and understanding particularly in literacy and numeracy,
  • Encourage children to develop independence, resilience and self discipline needed to study on their own,
  • Build an effective partnership between home and school,
  • Enable parents to be involved in their child's education,
  • Exploit resources for learning that may be available in  school,
  • Prepare older children for secondary school.

Parents and carers have an important part to play in ensuring homework supports their child’s learning and development. By supporting their children with homework, parents can have a significant impact on their progress.

We ask parents and carers to:

  • make sure they are aware when homework has been set and help ensure it is completed or practised in time,
  • make sure that children have the necessary time to do their homework and a quiet space to work,
  • encourage their child and praise them when homework has been completed,
  • be actively involved in joint homework activities,
  • let the class teacher know if their child experiences any persistent difficulties,
  • be aware of how much time children are spending on completing homework.

Having surveyed the children, we have decided to make a change to how we issue homework in Primary 6.

Homework jotters will be sent home for practise but will not be submitted weekly, instead they will be used as a folio of evidence. At certain points in the year, children will be asked to bring in their folios to discuss with their peers how they tackle homework and work on their targets.

Attainment will be checked through weekly spelling tests and mental maths check ups within class.

If there is evidence of children not practising we may ask the children to bring in their homework folio to talk about what  practise is needed to keep on track.

This change in homework procedures is to give children increased pupil voice in what is necessary for their own learning. It will also give children greater responsibility to work on their agreed targets. For example, if a child is struggling to recall division facts we would be encouraging them to work on that at home. We will provide lists of websites that children can access to help them with their number work at home through playing games, and we will provide other resources agreed with the child to help them stay on track with their learning.

Spelling homework will be based on a weekly spelling list and attainment will be weekly spelling test. Children can choose how they learn their spelling, we will provide a  menu of active spelling suggestions but a child can choose to these or other methods that they are comfortable with to learn the new vocabulary.

When no formal reading tasks have been set, we expect children to be encouraged to read regularly at home from  genres of their choosing, this will prepare for reading cafe sessions where they will share their own thoughts and opinions on texts they  enjoy.

At certain points of the year other types of homework will be sent home, e.g song words, poems, personal projects, reading tasks etc.

Over the next few weeks I will be adding website links to this blog for games that will help the pupils consolidate their learning in class. In Maths we have been working on place value and we are now moving onto estimation and rounding.
I will try to group the games and links by topic.
If your child enjoys a particular game or has found something on line to help them please tell me about it, the more ideas the better!

Independent Research Task focussing on light - due date 30th March 2015

posted 17 Mar 2015, 14:13 by Jill Barnfather

 Independent research – Light


This homework task is to give you the opportunity to find out more about our science topic on Light.


Your first step will be to choose your question.

Is there an area of Light that we have covered so far you want to find out more information about?

Perhaps you posed a question at the beginning of the term that we have not answered yet.


The question or the area of light, I would like to research is………………………………………………………………………………………


RESEARCH  You could visit the local library to investigate books; you could research your topic on the internet. REMEMBER: the internet does not think, you do!

Include only information that you understand.


PRESENTATION There are lots of ways you can do this and the choice is yours.

Some suggestions are;

Powerpoint presentation                Fact file          Posters           Comic strip

A model         Drawings       A talk                                      It is up to you!


If you decide to use the internet to help you with your research here are some websites you could explore.










There is a lot of information on the internet try and type in the keywords from your question. Just make sure the information you are reading is relevant to your question.


Please hand in your research on Monday 30th March and you can present your work to the class during that week.


I will put this information on the Homework support page of the Renton Primary Website.

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