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Homework Information

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.


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.

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 (all students)

To post a response to a 100 word challenge prompt, visit the site here:

100 word challenge  (you may as well bookmark it!)

  • scroll down to the Latest Prompt
  • scroll down futher to “continue reading’ Link and click on it
  • Open your own blog and log in
  • Choose “+New Post” from the menu at the top of the page
  • Name it 100wc and the date and the number of the prompt
  • Copy the prompt picture or words from  the 100 word challenge into your blog entry- “This week’s prompt is:”
  • Respond to the prompt using between 95-105 words if possible
  • Experiment with style and genre- use it as an opportunity to practise something new.
  • Set yourself a goal at the top (e.g: “This week I am hoping to use more adjectives/ try figurative language/narrate my dialogue/ use third person perspective/ try non-fiction writing….)
  • Focus on paragraph structure,  sentence structure, and word choice.
  • Always go back and check spelling and punctuation.
  • Show to a parent -Parents should to see it makes sense and share with you what they like about your piece  (they can add a comment to show they  have done so)
  • Publish on your blog
  • Copy the blog post page (e.g
  • Go back to the 100 word challenge latest post page- scroll down to where it says: ” Sorry, you need to log in to enter the 100 Word Challenge. Login at or sign up at” Click on the first link to login- use our 5-6 login: antsclass with the password antsclass
  • Scroll down and enter your details. where it asks for the blog post link paste in the link you copied earlier

An extra option is to use Audacity to record your completed post and add this mp3 file to your post. Try to do this at least once a month.

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 recalls (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 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 these links to for great examples:

Ruby’s blog      Jack K’s blog    Mietta’s Blog    Anton’s Blog    Adriana’s Blog

  • 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.
One Comment to

“Homework Information”

  1. February 23rd, 2015 at 8:36 am      Reply antsclass Says:

    Great question Trent,
    all you need to do is go to the website and copy the address from the address bar at the top- then paste it into your post. Sometimes it doesn’t work as a hyperlink (that you just click on to connect), but people can copy and paste it to use it. If I want it to be a hyperlink, I paste it in a word document and click enter-then it becomes a hyperlink and I copy that to the blog.
    Hope that helps

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