Summer homework - year 1?

(17 Posts)
Impossibleisland Sun 20-Jul-14 23:36:02

Hi.
Apologies if this is a ridiculous question but pleAse consideredmi have not studied in the UK.
My son has just finished year 1. The report was good and nothing to worrry.
My question is: he didnt get any homework for the summer. He is good with numbers and his reading is good two, but i think his writing is not great. My priblem is that i do not know how good or bad he should be. I feel he should improve.

So my question is: do you give any homework during the summer to your children?

steppemum Sun 20-Jul-14 23:46:44

It is not usual for schools to give homework for the summer.
Most schools would expect the children to play outside and have a good rest, especially at year 1 age.

The one thing we always keep up over the summer is reading, we use the library and do their summer reading challenge.

BackforGood Mon 21-Jul-14 00:08:04

No - I expect the holidays to be that - a rest, and a complete change from school.
We used to go out and about - seeing things of interest, we'd do things like cook and we'd let them have their own money to use at Summer Fetes, etc., and of course read to them and let them read, and play board games, etc., but I'd never do anything that seemed to be 'school work' with them. smile

simpson Mon 21-Jul-14 00:12:52

Nope DD is in yr1 & doesn't have any homework (yet, she has another 3 days to go though.)

Fanjango Mon 21-Jul-14 00:19:49

Nope. 4 kids and none have homework over the summer. We do the library reading challenge and the boys will have to do some writing as they struggle with that, dysgraphia, but no formal homework. smile

Meglet Mon 21-Jul-14 00:29:41

We always have a little summer homework project. Usually based on whatever the kids do over the summer. It's just to keep their hand in with reading and writing really.

I don't mind it. But then again I'm a horrible mum who also gets them doing maths workbooks over the summer and the library reading challenge. It's 15 mins a day max (and not even every day). I bribe if I have to.

hels71 Mon 21-Jul-14 06:48:33

The only homework I ever 'set' over the summer is to read and if possible do.the library reading challenge. However you could just encourage writing. Get a notebook write shopping lists or ideas for trips or instructions for making things.....

Rinkydinkypink Mon 21-Jul-14 06:57:12

We have homework. We're writing a holiday journal. We've been counting up his pocket money for his holidays. We have lots of library story books to read together that we're sharing. He reads the first sentence of every paragraph.

We'll be doing trips to the zoo, aquarium, museum while on holiday.

He's doing lots and lots of sport. Mainly on his bike, scooter and general

Rinkydinkypink Mon 21-Jul-14 06:58:42

Posted to soon

General walking, swimming and social interaction with his friends grin

When your 6 it's all learning!

jaynebxl Mon 21-Jul-14 07:04:30

We keep a journal sporadically. We use A4 binders and plastic pockets so we can write up a sheet from time to time with pictures and leaflets etc. That's the only homework cos the rest of the time they are playing / chilling / out on a jolly. I'd be horrified if the school gave homework.

noramum Mon 21-Jul-14 07:08:51

DD didn't get homework in y1, I am miffed that she got a project for this Summer. As she goes to clubs when I work it means all weekends and the family holiday are used for this.

I find it vital to carry on though but not with formal homework. We always read, the library challenge is great for this. DD does a scrapbook and we include numbers into everything. If she wants we can do workbooks.

my2bundles Mon 21-Jul-14 07:51:11

Mine dont and if they did they wouldnt be doing it. The summer holiday is supposed to be a complete break, for young children a complete break is just as important as school work.

orangepudding Mon 21-Jul-14 09:40:05

My sons class were given a reading list, they have been asked to review three of the books.

My son has SEN. I am torn between keeping up with his reading, handwriting practise and number work and just letting him have a complete break from school as it is very difficult for him.

fuzzpig Mon 21-Jul-14 09:50:55

My DCs' school has never given holiday homework.

If writing is a problem then I'd suggest fun ways of practising - he could keep a holiday scrapbook, or write letters/postcards to friends and family, or make up stories to write down, even writing shopping lists or lists for packing if you're going on holiday or day trips or whatever.

It could be anything that sparks his interest - I remember a star of the week at school recently who absolutely hated writing - UNTIL he decided to write some Minecraft instructions grin

I would also recommend the summer reading challenge at the library - this year's theme is Mythical Maze so lots of monsters that might spark his interest!

For my DCs, we will be doing little bits here and there. We will still try to read a lot and they tend to write anyway, but one particular aim that my DD has agreed to is learning to tell the time - she is going into yr3 and can't do it at all so we will do a lot of practice. Maths is something she struggles with so we will do the odd thing, both she and her little brother do enjoy it so it won't be a chore.

katalex Mon 21-Jul-14 12:19:37

Last summer, for the first time, my children were given 6 weeks worth of maths and English homework. They had a new headteacher come in from a private company to try to get them out of special measures so I'm guessing they wanted to keep up the momentum but I was not happy about this. I actually got them to finish it all within the first two weeks so they could enjoy the rest of the holidays. We have been told to expect the same this summer sad

GoogleyEyes Mon 21-Jul-14 12:47:41

The new homework policy at dd's school says no homework over holidays or half terms, woohoo!

Like others, she'll do the reading challenge, play board games, write things she wants me to buy on the shopping list etc. We use a lot of public transport, which is brilliant for encouraging telling the time, reading signs, map reading etc.

zummurzet Mon 21-Jul-14 14:56:20

My school doesn't give holiday homework, and neither does my kids' school. And if am eternally grateful.

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