Eleanor Updale Homework For Kids
My lovely young friend, Owen Henderson, had to do a News Report for his school homework, so he interviewed me about our new Book Walrus Book Club
READ OUT LOUD CHALLENGE
Reading my favourite picture book, David McKee’s ‘Not Now, Bernard.’
CHAMPIONS OF CHILDREN’S LITERATURE: AT THE EMIRATES LIT FEST 2017
Highlights from Day 5 at the Emirates Lit Fest, including a great fun ‘Champions of Children’s Literature’ session with Piers Torday, Andy Stanton, Eleanor Updale:
MAD HATTER’S INTRO TO THE EMIRATES LIT FEST, 2015
The Lit Fest asked me to make a video explaining how I felt about being invited to be a Festival Author in 2015. With thanks to Alice Potter, Tracy and Hugo Donnelly, Sofia Murgian and Mark and Dylan Hamilton for all their help.
ME ON CITY 7′s UAE WEEKLY
I was ‘spotted’ at the Emirates Festival of Literature, March 2014, and asked to chat with a lovely lady from UAE Weekly- a current affairs program on City 7 TV Dubai, hosted by Mirna Nassar. You’ll find me at 1:28 (just after Sir Tim Rice )
My sister’s take: “I very much enjoyed you determinedly not touching your wind-blown hair while pretending to type on an off laptop”
SPEECH AT THE GALA OPENING EVENT FOR THE EMIRATES FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE
On the 21st October 2013 I was invited to do a short speech at the Gala Opening Event for the Emirates Festival of Literature after coming 2nd in their ‘Montegrappa First Fiction Prize’.
Key Stage 3 Homework
Following a review of KS3 homework and feedback from parents and carers,the school has taken a completely new approach to homework for those pupils in KS3. A team of staff have developed an improved homework strategy and system that:
- focuses on developing literacy and numeracy skills;
- encourages independence and greater parental involvement with homework;
- encourages the development of better presentation skills;
- provides high quality support materials online for pupils and parents;
- gives all pupils the opportunity to achieve at Gold/Silver/Bronze level;
- involves tutors more closely in pupils’ academic progress;
- underpins success at KS4 across all subjects;
- makes absolutely clear what the minimum expectation is for homework.
The new system places emphasis on reading, independence, literacy and numeracy with clear guidelines:
- every pupil is expected to complete a literacy project each term, with clear marking criteria and timelines published for parents and pupils;
- every pupil is expected to complete sections of the mymaths programme – this will continue to be set and monitored by maths teachers;
- department staff may also set other homework when appropriate – e.g. learning MFL vocabulary, preparing for an assessment, or researching information
With regard to the literacy project, each term students will receive one homework project from their tutor (3 per year). For each term’s homework they are required to read a book, and their understanding of the book is tested in the homework tasks. Books are suggested and distributed at the beginning of the term. However, in response to the feedback received through pupil and parent surveys, and from the parents homework forum, students do have a choice of other texts which should be either from the library or supplied by themselves – this must be agreed with their tutor.
In addition, the school will provide each pupil with a high quality hard backed project book at no cost. Pupils are expected to maintain the highest standards of presentation in these books, and they will need to be replaced at a cost of £5 if they are lost or damaged. Ultimately, this is an opportunity for your son/daughter to produce a creative record of their developing literacy skills, and should be maintained with pride.
Each literacy project will now be available in 2 bands – tutors will guide pupils to the appropriate level. The projects over the three year groups are as follows: