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Good morning, guys, Jenny here with your Tuesday Newsround.

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First up, we're talking about homework and the school that

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does it differently.

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More than nine in ten schools in the UK set homework,

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but some people don't think students in primary school

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should be doing any.

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I went to visit one school that's swapped spellings and sums

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for challenges of a different kind.

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I went on a conker walk.

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I fit my entire body through a piece of A4 paper.

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I designed my own board game.

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I made a cake from scratch.

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These might sound like fun things you do on a weekend, but

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they were actually homework tasks, set by the headteacher at this

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primary school in Yorkshire, where they can pick different

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activities from a grid.

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We used to do the normal English and maths and project-based, but we

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just realised it wasn't working.

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So we looked at changing ours to make it far more creative.

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In the UK, the government says it's up to headteachers to decide

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whether or not to set homework, so what did the children

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at the school think of the challenges that they

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are being set?

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I can choose what I want to do, and it's a great way to learn.

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I think that all children should do it this way.

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Now it's just so much more flexible and stress-free.

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I think it doesn't really get you prepared for high

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school, where you get a lot more homework.

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Also, you might have a lot of brothers or sisters like me.

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That means they have to do the same things as well.

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I'd say my mum isn't as stressed as she used to be.

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Because she used to get really annoyed if I didn't

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do any of my homework.

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I don't think I'm missing out because I'm still doing the work

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at school that I was doing at home.

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I went to see their new style of homework for myself.

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Meet Pippa, she chose to make biscuits with her mum.

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So what is it like doing things like baking for your homework?

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In year one, we had to do stuff like quite hard homework

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and it was a bit boring.

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But this time it's still to do with learning,

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it's just a bit more fun.

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And we are covering maths with the ingredients,

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and we're covering reading with the recipe, aren't we?

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But it's a much more fun way of doing it.

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Now I get to do a lot of cool stuff with my family and I've

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got a lot more time.

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Time for tasting.

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Are they good?

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Yeah.

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Loads of ideas there but do you think these

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are the right thing to learn?

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We want to know what you would set as homework if you were in charge.

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Traditional spellings and sums or other activities?

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Get on over to Newsround online and have your say.

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Can you feel that chill in the air?

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Well, freezing weather has gripped most of Europe,

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with heavy snow causing big problems for roads and trains

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all over the continent.

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But where has this extreme weather come from, and more importantly

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is it heading our way?

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Weatherman Simon King has got all the info for us.

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It's been bitterly cold across Europe over the last few days

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or so, we've had lots and lots of snow, and look

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at these temperatures.

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-30 degrees in Moscow, that's well colder than your freezer at home.

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Even down towards the Mediterranean, -3 degrees here.

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In the UK, it's been relatively mild.

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Our turn will come later on this week.

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Where's it all coming from?

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The Arctic is here, you can see the blue extending all the way down

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towards Italy and Greece, that brought the cold weather.

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If you look at the UK now, look at it turning blue.

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Our weather is going to come from the north-west but Arctic air

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is going to be with us for Thursday.

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Don't dust off your sledges just yet, it's going to be a cold day

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and there is the risk of snow but still some details uncertain.

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It was a big night at the Fifa awards last night.

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They're the group that run international football.

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There was good news for Leicester as their manager Claudio Ranieri won

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the Coach of the Year award.

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That's after he led the Foxes to that memorable

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Championship title last year.

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And the big award, Player of the Year, went to,

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who else, Cristiano Ronaldo.

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He's had an amazing season after leading Portugal

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to the European Championship and won the Champions League

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and Club World Cup with Real Madrid.

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Check out these chimpanzees dipping and sipping.

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For the first time experts have managed to film chimpanzees making

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straws to drink water.

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Scientists in the Ivory Coast in Africa shot the footage

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which shows the chimps making special water-dipping sticks

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by chewing the ends to turn it into a soft, absorbent brush.

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That's all from us for now, Newsround's back right here at 8.15.

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Bye!

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How many Blue Peter presenters does it take to change a light bulb?

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No, that doesn't really work.

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Why did the Blue Peter presenter cross the road?

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Er...to get closer to you?

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