Big Talk Homework

Spring Term 2014

BIG Talk homework for Thursday 6th February

This weeks BIG Talk links to our literacy work in the classroom. The children have been talking about and designing fantasy settings for a Polar Adventure.
For our BIG Write I would like the children to make up their own fantasy setting to start a story. The aim is not to write a complete story, although they may do this if they wish, but to create a setting. Just like last week I will be looking for amazing adjectives.
The most important thing to do is to decide on your setting, this will then lead to your discussion.

Here are some images to get you thinking.

There will not be a BIG Talk next week as we will be looking at the work we have done so far.

Big Talk homework for Thursday 30th January

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This weeks BIG Talk is all about looking carefully at a set of pictures and talking about what you can see and what you might be able to see!
This is all about your imagination and using amazing adjectives. When you first look at the pictures they all look the same, then look again, what is happening?
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BIG Talk homework to be ready for our BIG Write on Thursday 23rd January.

We are going to link this weeks BIG Talk / BIG Write to our Arctic topic.

We have put up a tent in our classroom 'base camp' ready for arctic expeditions. Think about what you might need to go on an arctic expedition - clothing, transport, where you will sleep?
Any items which we could borrow for our base camp would be gratefully received - sleeping bag, ruck sack, snow!
Then I want you to talk about what you might do each day, this is an ideal time to talk about weather conditions - are you able to leave your tent? What is the weather like - an ideal time to use adjectives to describe what you can see out of your tent. Are you going to explore around you or are you going to pack up your tent and carry it with you?
Do you meet any dangers? - polar bears, huge icebergs. Are you by yourself? The list is endless.

REMEMBER - I am not expecting you to write anything, just talk!
Don't worry about the writing, the children will be given writing sheets with prompts on and we will have a mini talk before they begin their BIG Write.

We are trying to help all our children develop excellent speaking and listening skills, which will help them with their writing.
"If a child can say it, they can write it."

Below are some images to get the BIG Talk started.

BIG Talk homework for Thursday 4th July

This will probably be the last BIG Talk/BIG Write this year.

So with this in mind I want your child to take this opportunity to write about anything they want to. It may be something they did at the weekend, a story, some factual information, the possibilities are endless.

What you need to do is to talk to your child and find out what they want to write about. When you have done this think about words they might want to use and how they want to write it: will it be in bullet points, as instructions, or possibly a paragraph of writing? Encourage your child to think about the various types of writing we have done this year and which would be the most suitable format for their BIG write.

REMEMBER, this is a discussion only, there is no need to write anything, it's all about talking.

I look forward to seeing what you all write about.  

BIG Talk homework for Friday 28th June

This weeks BIG Talk home work will be for our BIG Write on Friday.

Imagine you meet a dinosaur.
Where might you meet the dinosaur? What type of dinosaur is it? Is it friendly? Do you have an adventure together? 
Talk about good adjectives to describe your dinosaur, not just 'big', but try to think of other words to use. Does the dinosaur speak? If so how does it talk? Quietly, grumpily, noisily? The list is endless, imagination is all you need.

BIG Talk homework for Thursday 13th June

Our BIG Talk homework this week is the weather.
Talk about the different types of weather and words that can be used to describe the weather.
How do weather forecasters describe the weather?
In class we often look at the BBC weather forecast.