To help you organising your homework I suggest that you stick to what I propose.
- 5-a- day. Start every day with a five-a-day exercise to warm up your brain. You can find the details on the list of websites. There are four different levels you can choose from, so pick one you think is challenging enough without it being too difficult. When you feel really confident, move up one level
- Find an old SATs test to practise (see website list). Only do two papers a week at the most. I think the 2003 paper is the oldest that is available. The answers are there as well. Let me know if there is a question you absolutely cannot do!
- Choose a spelling test from the same website. Let someone test you. For the rest of the week, focus on the mistakes you made (short vowel-double consonant, -ure, -age, words with and -x, words with -le or not (label!), etc. Do the test again at the end of the week.
- Do half an hour of writing. I gave you two tasks – a story and an (auto) biography.
On another day you could:
- Practise key features such as: fronted adverbials, relative clauses, -ing openings, -ly openings, neither – nor phrases, noun phrases, high level connectives (therefore, furthermore, etc. Just write sentences including these features or take a simple object in the room:
- Yesterday, I bought my wife some flowers.
- My wife, who loves pink flowers, but them immediately in a vase.
- Emptying the freezer caused me yet another back ache.
- Happily, I started a difficult jig-saw puzzle.
- Use the website to learn the 50 states of the USA by heart. 5 a day would be great. Next time recap these five and learn another five.
- Make sure that you read every day at least 20 pages in a good book. Make a list of words you don’t know the meaning of and find what they mean in a dictionary. Do you have a thesaurus at home? Find then alternatives for that same word!
- Are you interested in history? There are great websites for children you can use. Interesting subjects are:
- The Tudors
- Explorations/expeditions (Cook, Raleigh, Hudson, Scott)
- Wars of the Roses
- When England didn’t have a King!
- Remember that short bursts of 20 minutes/half an hour, are much better than 2 hours non-stop!
- Alternate the subjects, but use 5-a-day/reading to warm your brain up. If you do both, each hemisphere will be warmed up!
- Don’t forget D+T and Art. Can you make something that can move? Do you have clay? Could you make an abstract object that looks interesting from all sides? Could you use clay and another material in one. Can you use Lego or KNEXX?
- Don’t forget to play and socialise!
Websites to Use