How much homework/parental input in reception..

(9 Posts)
Pooforbains Tue 22-Jan-13 19:45:34

Is normal? Ds is in reception and has to look over phonics/letters every evening, plus reading book and other tasks on a weekend. I don't mind but its difficult to get him to concentrate at home, and I'm told he's falling behind.

noramum Tue 22-Jan-13 20:07:10

We Had reading every night plus letters and a little task over the weekend. That is pretty much standard for the state schools here.

The public one my friend has her daughter in had flash cards each day after the first weeks and a test after 6 weeks.

simpson Tue 22-Jan-13 20:13:52

DD has a numeracy task and a literacy task every Thursday to be completed by the following Tuesday...

She gets several reading books a week but certainly does not have homework to do every night...

She is in reception btw...

Cat98 Tue 22-Jan-13 20:18:36

Not much at all (reception).
Ds has a reading book on Fridays to be sent back the following Monday. A few high frequency words to learn now and then.
He has had maybe 2 maths tasks since he started in sept? Each with a month to complete and a note stressing that they were not compulsory.
That's it, so far!

Pooforbains Tue 22-Jan-13 20:24:11

Ok so it is a bit more than normal. I'm not complaining as I'm really pleased about how well he's coming on (although I get the impression the teacher doesn't agree). What's interesting is this is our catchment school but we really wanted him to go to another school as it is an outstanding school but he didn't get in. Now when I speak to a friend who's daughters in reception there, she hasn't even started any phonics and doesn't have any homework, so ds is way in front.

AbbyR1973 Tue 22-Jan-13 21:10:31

DS1 is only expected to read at least 3-4 times per week, although he actually reads almost every night of his own volition. During the holidays he gets a "During the holidays I did..." exercise, in preparation for show and tell when they are back in school. There is no phonics or maths for him as he has been working on his own at phonics, but I don't know if the other children are given sounds to learn.
The schools policy on homework is fabulous since it states that they also consider homework to include any broadening activity done at home including practising an instrument, taking part in sports, a family trip to a place of interest, finding out about something on their own etc etc. I am certain that there will be more formal homework when he reaches year 1 but I'm not feeling like he needs anything extra particularly and I like that the school support extra-curricular & family activities.

sunnyday123 Tue 22-Jan-13 21:24:32

We get two books per week and are expected to read for 5-10 mins, 3x per week. Nothing else

moonstorm Wed 23-Jan-13 18:59:03

Same as Sunnyday. I am very happy with this. I think homework should be banned for primary aged children...

hels71 Wed 23-Jan-13 19:15:48

DD is in reception. We read every night so she gets a new book each day(if we have finished it). They don't tend to change books unless you have written in the reading record that you have finished it.

They usually get a homework task every Friday. It has been maths recently. They have also sent sheets with phonics to practice at random intervals.

She is more than happy to read and usually does the school book and then others from home, but it can be a challenge to get her to do other work. Having said that she is forever asking me to give her maths to do and writes all the time...it just seems to be the actual homework task she objects to.

I think all homework except reading should be banned though at this age.....

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