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How much homework in Yr 2?

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rickman Sun 23-Jan-05 20:18:42

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lucy5 Sun 23-Jan-05 20:25:04

The yr3 children in my school get half an hour a week, given on Monday and handed in on a thursday, so its up to them when and how long they do it for. Oh they get spellings as well. Will ask tommorrow about year 2.

MunchedTooManyMarsLady Sun 23-Jan-05 20:28:31

when we thought that our DD2 was getting too much homework I went in and spoke to the teacher. She agreed that if DD did as much as she could and I signed it then it would be okay. DD2 is an August baby and so she's still very young. Have to confess as well though that with the DTs at home as well I can't be ar*ed to do loads of homework.

Lonelymum Sun 23-Jan-05 20:29:00

My son is in Yr 2 and he gets a list of spellings to learn and a worksheet which could be any subject to complete. Because he is bright, he gets an additional literacy sheet but I am fed up of him having that as it is just a substitute for teaching him properly at school IMO. He is supposed to read too, but he is very lazy and doesn't. I have your problem too in that I have three other children and find it hard to sit down with him and ensure he reads to me.

As an ex-teacher myself, I loathe this homework business. What has happened to allowing little children to relax when they get home from school . If they are taught well at school, they shouldn't need homework, except for some practice reading.

Tessiebear Sun 23-Jan-05 20:30:42

This Weekend my Yr 2 DS had Spellings plus challenge words(really hard) A long book to read plus questions on it snd maths .... i think the teachers are panicing about SATS ... homework has really increased. We had a really busy weekend of parties planned and DS has not done all his h/w

nutcracker Sun 23-Jan-05 20:31:57

Dd1 is in yr 2 and gets a reading book to read over 2/3 days, a worksheet every week, usually a maths one and a book that she has to read and answer questions on.

The book with the questions is supposed to be done on the night that it is given but we rarely get it done in one night as it is quite alot of work, so i let her do it over 2 nights.

Oh she gets spellings too.

Blossomhill Sun 23-Jan-05 20:32:23

Rickman - the book reviews seem a bit much!
My ds who is in the top group in his class for year 2 gets:-
Spellings to learn by Friday (for test)
Books changed as often as he reads them (which is normally every other night as they have 32 pages in!!!)
Literacy sheet and Numeracy sheet on a Thursday to be handed in the following Tuesday.

Maths game to play. Take home Thursday and hand in following Thursday!

I am not sure if this is any help. I also think it can be a bit much as ds does Football training Tuesday, swimming Wednesday, Beavers Thursday and plays a football match every saturday morning.

God knows what the juniors will be like!!!

MunchedTooManyMarsLady Sun 23-Jan-05 20:33:30

you and me together lonelymum. They give the children certificates etc for completing their homework. I think my DD will get a medal for handing any in this term. lol

Blossomhill Sun 23-Jan-05 20:34:21

I know a mum that never does the homewrok with her daughter "as she doesn't have time [shock". What do teachers do in a situation like that??

lou33 Sun 23-Jan-05 20:34:55

ds2 is going to start a school in september, and the only homework they give for the enire reception, yr 1 and 2, is a bit of reading twice a week. The head believes children should be playing and having fun out of school.

Caligula Sun 23-Jan-05 20:36:31

I often wonder that Blossomhill.

What happens to kids whose parents don't do the homework with them? Are they disadvantaged at school? Is homework at this level an integral part of the curriculum, or is it extra?

Blossomhill Sun 23-Jan-05 20:36:33

Sounds about right to me Lou

Blossomhill Sun 23-Jan-05 20:37:28

How bad was that last piece of typing
How on earth I used to be a team secretary for 40 people I will never know

rickman Sun 23-Jan-05 20:45:10

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SueW Sun 23-Jan-05 21:02:18

DD gets homework every night (Y3 now but also happened in Y2, similar to rickman's DD). I object to it in principle (don't believe primary kids need it) so always mention it on parents' evening and when inspectors came in, I mentioned it was too much too. FWIW, it takes DD less than five mins to compelte homework and she doesn't learn spellings but still gets them right somehow.

It came up in the inpsection report so I obviously wasn't the only one to complain but - blast those kids - the inspectors said when they raised it with them, the children had no complaints!

serenity Sun 23-Jan-05 23:39:04

DS1 gets a book to read and write a review on every wednesday, if he doesn't do it by the following week, he just keeps it until it's done.

He gets spellings each week which he also has to write sentences with.

Friday night he brings home a worksheet, usually maths, do do over the weekend and occasionally he has greek homework to do as well.

We do our best to get it done around everything else, but DS is doing well at school so I figure if it doesn't get done, it doesn't get done. He does it all about 95% of the time.

sparklymieow Mon 24-Jan-05 00:10:56

I have the same problem, Ds is in yr2 and gets weekly homework, (though this weeks was the 2x and 10x tables, which he already knows, as he is in the gifted class for maths ) but I normally don't have time to do the homeaork on top of appointments, physio, etc. He is supposed to read to us every night but as he can read flutely we don't and he still get put up a level every 2-3 months. Last week he had to do a timeline, with the families dates of birth, we did it on the computer as he can't write well coz of his CP, and his teacher was happy with that!

sparklymieow Mon 24-Jan-05 00:11:52

he also has spellings to learn but he didn't bring the book home for ages so I didn't know about them but he still knows them all

toot Sat 29-Jan-05 13:54:40

We get reading each night, 15 spellings a week (given on Mon, test on Fri) and a handwriting sheet or Maths sheet on Fridays. Yours sounds alot rickman.

marbeth Sat 29-Jan-05 15:13:06

It seems a lot of homework.My Ds gets homework handed out on a monday to bring back following Monday.This week he has to draw a picture and write introduction of a fairy tale.Also gets 10 spellings to learn for test on Friday.Has his reading book changed when he completes it which varies depending on pages as books range from 40 -70 pages

rickman Sat 29-Jan-05 22:16:05

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charliecat Sat 29-Jan-05 22:39:27

Spellings given out on Friday for test on Wednesday. Books changed as and when needed. Worksheets. Between 1 and 3 of them...never more than 6 sentences to be written and a few questions on each.

singersgirl Sun 30-Jan-05 10:44:23

My son in Y2 gets 10 spellings a week to learn for the following Monday, when they're tested; reading supposedly every night (though since he's now on what they call 'middle chapter books' no one at school seems to take much notice whether he reads or not - they only do guided reading in groups at school, and read different texts from the individual books); a story every two weeks, based on half a dozen pictures (you know, 'Our camping trip' sort of thing); and the occasional work sheet in maths, though there's no fixed pattern to that and it's not obligatory - though how they can make any of it obligatory I don't really know. It's hard work to get the story done in particular. He was also getting some special handwriting practice, but as his writing's improved a lot they've stopped that. It all seems a lot to me, and what with playing with friends, and karate, and stuff, there really doesn't seem to be much time for it all.

rickman Sun 30-Jan-05 10:46:52

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