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to be annoyed that DCs have homework over half-term?

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mummy2zni Fri 27-May-16 20:42:52

Finished work today looking fwd to a half term when I'm not working and kids aren't in holiday club and we can just blob around the house. Came home to find out DCs (10 & 13) have been set projects/homework to complete over the holidays.

Aibu to be irked? What about people who are going away? I'd be even more annoyed! Why (especially afters SATS) can't the kids just have a proper break? What do u think?

Rant over.

Wolfiefan Fri 27-May-16 20:44:13

Do the minimum?
I expect secondary students to be set HW.
Surely at 10 and 13 they don't do SATS?!

curren Fri 27-May-16 20:44:20

How much is there? What year are they in?

Homework over the holidays is fairly standard, isn't it?

SheSparkles Fri 27-May-16 20:44:34

I'd be sending it back undone with a note to the teacher explaining that it is a half term BREAK.

ThisIsStartingToBoreMe Fri 27-May-16 20:45:39

Depends. What exactly was the homework

mummy2zni Fri 27-May-16 20:48:08

DD is in yr 6 - maths worksheets, an art project and something else. DS is in yr 8 - not sure how much he has yet as I only got a grunt in answer to the question!

TheSolitaryBoojum Fri 27-May-16 20:48:44

Wolfie, if the 10 year old has just done SATS, I assume their birthday is between June and August.
No, it doesn't seem fair, but that's how education is now. Constant striving to excel and no time off.

TheSolitaryBoojum Fri 27-May-16 20:49:30

How do they feel about the homework? Probably not surprised.

nephrofox Fri 27-May-16 20:50:19

If you think they need a break then just write in and say that. Or get it all done tomoro and then you can relax for the week

SueDunome Fri 27-May-16 20:51:25

I think it's unreasonable that your dad has homework, but your ds is at secondary school and homework should be expected. It shouldn't affect you though; surely he can tackle it on his own?

mummy2zni Fri 27-May-16 20:53:30

That's right solitary she's August - like think just about as late in August as possible!

Tbf they seem resigned to it - I guess it's coz I had the longest day finishing off tasks before being off, only to be slugged with "I have homework" as soon as I walked on the door! smile

I would be annoyed if we were going tho...

mummy2zni Fri 27-May-16 20:55:30

Er what have I done Sue ? Got my acronyms all mixed up? I blame the awful autocorrelation (see?!) autocorrect on This phone & chrome app seems to make it even worse!

lalalalyra Fri 27-May-16 20:57:15

My DS (8) has come home with a project and a "suggestion" of a particular place/tourist attraction that might be a "good place to visit to really help with the project".

I'm very unimpressed because he adores his teacher and is quite upset that we won't be able to go to the place Mrs X suggested because we're taking the children (including newborn) to visit family. It's also quite expensive, which is why the school don't run trips there anymore, and I think it's pretty shit to put that kind of pressure on parents (it's not just my DS who has taken it as Mrs X asking them to go there and it being important, two other parents that I'm friendly with phoned to ask if DS was saying the same as their child).

Adelecarberry87 Fri 27-May-16 20:59:36

My DS normally has some sort of project over the holidays but he's been off sick all week so will have missed doing it.

mummy2zni Fri 27-May-16 20:59:45

Thats true sue he will do on is own - either with lots of nagging reminding from me or by leaving til the last minute and panicking!
Can't complain - I think it's hereditary! smile

Wolfiefan Fri 27-May-16 20:59:57

I don't mind HW IF it is relevant to the curriculum and my child will prepare for, develop or consolidate their understanding based on it.
Either send a note and say you didn't have time to do it.
Do the minimum
Or let them get on with it.
You don't need to ( and should not) devote the holidays to HW but a bit of time out of 9 days won't do any harm.

ScarletOverkill Fri 27-May-16 21:00:06

If it's the same amount as they would get on a normal Friday then I don't see the problem.
If it's more so like a project to do over half term then YANBU

mummy2zni Fri 27-May-16 21:02:14

Ugh that stinks lala

Ricksheadtilt Fri 27-May-16 21:03:14

I admit now in the spirit of full disclosure that I have not RTFT!!! smile
We DO NOT do half term or summer holiday etc homework... I have a pre-prepared note. "As a family we do not take advantage of cheaper holiday deals in term time - as we understand that such action could "impact on learning". As such during family time school cannot take advantage of our time as it will "impact on healthy human interaction growth time". If you have any further enquiries please get in touch (not one teacher ever has)!

mummy2zni Fri 27-May-16 21:03:56

More than the usual Friday scarlet ...

SnookieSnooks Fri 27-May-16 21:04:12

YANBU. I have noticed a pattern with my DCs secondary school.... In the week before a holiday, there is never any homework to hand in, so the teachers always have some kind of break. Don't get my wrong, I do BIg Time support teachers.... Nobody works harder than them. However, homework should not be given a day or two before a holiday to be handed in straight after. It's just not fair.

mummy2zni Fri 27-May-16 21:05:00

Ooh Rick I like that! May I borrow? smile

Egosumquisum Fri 27-May-16 21:05:06

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

EatsShitAndLeaves Fri 27-May-16 21:05:30


13 yr old DS has come home today with 8 separate home works to do. All "longer" than usual.

It's about 2 days of work FFS.


ollieplimsoles Fri 27-May-16 21:05:41

Don't do it. Mine wouldn't be. Tell school why, its holiday time, they're kids...

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