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to wish homework would just be simple so you can just get on with it?

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TunipTheVegedude Sun 21-Apr-13 18:28:38

Instead of it demanding you find loads of things that you haven't got.

This week, ds1's maths homework requires 10 1p coins and 10 10p coins. We have scoured the house but only have 9 1ps and 4 10ps.
It also requires a grocery shopping receipt which we threw away after our weekly shop.

Shall we empty everything out of the bin to try and find it? Knock on the neighbours' doors and ask if they have one and if they can change a pound coin? We suggested making up a shopping receipt but he got stressed and said he would get in trouble if he didn't do exactly what it said.

In previous weeks we have had to spend 20 minutes cutting out counters before being able to play the maths game. Or the instructions say to glue things onto card, which clearly isn't important for a maths game but tends to result in a row with the kids if you refuse to do it.

Can't we just go back to learning times tables?

SlumberingDormouse Wed 24-Apr-13 22:33:29

Ugh, I teach and I can't stand the attitude that 'everything must be made into a game'. It takes up a huge amount of time that could be better spent just learning things like times tables. It's possible to make things engaging without over-complicating them. Also, don't get me started on mistakes in homework instructions etc... It's shocking.

Ruprekt Wed 24-Apr-13 22:30:06


Dancergirl Wed 24-Apr-13 22:14:24

midnite sounds great, tell us more. How does it work?

GeorgianMumto5 Wed 24-Apr-13 22:10:20

deeplybaffled, you are very welcome.

MidniteScribbler, what an excellent idea!

deeplybaffled Mon 22-Apr-13 00:37:19

Georgianmumto5 - thank you! It's not been the best weekend but the injured octopus made me laugh quite a lot!

MidniteScribbler Mon 22-Apr-13 00:22:05

I hate homework. I hate having to argue with parents about it. I hate having to spend half an hour every morning gathering it up, working out who has done what, who is missing what, who has forgotten what, who doesn't have a printer, who doesn't have a pencil. I hate spending half an hour in the afternoon trying to make sure everyone has everything they need, understands what to do. I hate spending an hour at night marking it. I really hate the amount of time on weekends I have to spend coming up with tasks, making up worksheets, printing them off. I very quickly in my teaching career decided it was all a great big pile of shit and that I wasn't interested, aside from home readers. To get around it and the school requirements for us to set homework, I came up with a very elaborate system stolen from the guides of 'homework badges' which all the kids (and their parents) seem to love because they can pick and choose what they want to do based on their interests. Saves me a lot of classroom (and home!) time too!

TunipTheVegedude Sun 21-Apr-13 22:34:04

Treas - no, a N county beginning with E Y.
Is your teacher using the same worksheets?

Dancergirl Sun 21-Apr-13 22:26:37


I hate with a passion homework that requires a lot of parental input. Plus I think a lot of primary homework is given just for the sake of it so schools are seen to be giving homework.

I do wonder about the long term educational implications if we refuse to do ANY primary school homework. None probably....but I'm not brave enough to do that.

moondog Sun 21-Apr-13 22:25:01

It's not about doing it for them.
It's about supervising them to do it.

treas Sun 21-Apr-13 22:17:31

TunipTheVegedude - you don't happen to have children in a village school in a s-w county beginning with S?

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Sun 21-Apr-13 21:33:55


pinkyredrose Sun 21-Apr-13 21:29:17

moondog that's a ridiculous answer. Surely the point of homework is to underline what the children have learned that day and to make sure they understood. The parents doing the homework for/with them should be unnecessary.

Smudging Sun 21-Apr-13 21:28:24

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Smudging Sun 21-Apr-13 21:27:49

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GeorgianMumto5 Sun 21-Apr-13 21:25:59

This week, dd's maths homework posed the question, 'There are 63 tentacles at the octopus ball. How many octopuses are there?'

Dd wrote, '7 octopuses plus one injured one.'

I think it was probably a typo as the rest of the sheet was about the eight times table, but it made us laugh.

Generally speaking, I cannot really see the point of homework in primary. I find it sucks the joy out of weekends as we have to go through the same old battles over it, every weekend. It also takes time away from learning at home; instead they spend their time trying to remember what they learned at school. I don't mind the, 'Find out about...and present your findings however you choose ones,' but ds rails against the, 'Underline all the words with the oa sound' sheets.

moondog Sun 21-Apr-13 21:13:56

Children need guidance with learning.
You may as well ask why we employ teachers.
Shouldn't they just turn up and er.... learn it themselves.

pinkyredrose Sun 21-Apr-13 20:59:19

Why do parents have to help with homework? Genuine question. Shouldn't the child be doing it themselves, isn't that the point?

moondog Sun 21-Apr-13 20:49:27

I'll be waiting Crazy.....

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Sun 21-Apr-13 20:45:07

The recycling in our area is collected on a Thursday. The school is in our area. The truck goes up and down past the school.

So what day does the newsletter come out requesting cardboard boxes, plastic bottles etc etc?


Idocrazythings Sun 21-Apr-13 20:42:58

No moondog I'd have to finish the bottle of wine I have had a few glasses from before I admitted to anything. grin

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sun 21-Apr-13 20:40:05

YANBU. We had a homework once where the child (DD was 7) had to write down what kind of house she lived in (owned, rented....detatched etc) and what jobs her parents did!

I wrote a note saying she wasn't taking part as it was prying!

moondog Sun 21-Apr-13 20:38:32

I'm more than happy to 'share the learning'
It's doing the lion's share of it that rankles.
(As if complaining to an MP would be useful-!)

stargirl1701 Sun 21-Apr-13 20:37:18

Speak to your MP/MSP. It's them who want this. It's called 'Sharing the Learning'.

moondog Sun 21-Apr-13 20:35:25

Oh go on!
We won't laugh much

Idocrazythings Sun 21-Apr-13 20:34:35

I had to google the answer to DDs homework. And she is in reception!!!! How bad is that. I even have a degree! And no I'm not saying what the question was. Too embarrassing.

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