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How much homework does your yr2 child have?

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livvylouis Thu 22-Sep-11 10:53:49

My DD is now in year 2, this week we have been given a letter regarding homework tasks. I am a bit shocked at the amout of homework a 6 year old is expected to do, she has a weekly phonics task which takes about half an hour, 3 lots of maths tasks to do which have to be done on certain nights of the week, plus the usual reading and spellings. Also the teachers set tasks online on the schools intranet.

I dont recall having any set homework at that age and to be honest I think it is way too much.

Is this usual and if so how do your children cope?

taurean Thu 22-Sep-11 10:56:54

That sounds quite a lot. My Y2 DS has spellings each Friday to learn for the following Friday. Maths sheet on a Monday to complete by Thursday and then usual reading every night. I think it's just right.

bounceyball Thu 22-Sep-11 11:12:30

dd hs either a literacy or a numeracy task each week plus spellings once a week and regular reading. Seems about right amount.

LeoTheLateBloomer Thu 22-Sep-11 11:16:00

I think it sounds a lot.

When I taught Y2 I would set one maths task along with spellings once a week, plus the usual reading. Once each term I would set a topic-related task which wasn't supposed to be too taxing for the parents.

Runoutofideas Thu 22-Sep-11 11:26:55

Reading book plus about 10 spellings a week. Wouldn't want any more.

AngryFeet Thu 22-Sep-11 11:30:15

Yes it does sound a lot. We have a reading book each night, spellings each Friday and one project (make a collage or poster etc) every two weeks (and she has 12 days to complete it).

MrsGravy Thu 22-Sep-11 11:33:27

One maths sheet on a Friday to come back on Monday. A reading book a week plus a book from the library that they have to do a mini-report on (draw a picture of the colour, write down a sentence to say what they thought of it).

At one stage last year they had the above PLUS some writing homework and that felt like too much to me.

How about you set a time limit on it all? Decide how much time you think is appropriate for her to spend on homework, and just let her do what she can manage in that time. Tell the teacher you are doing this and ask what she feels is a priority so you can focus on that first.

I actually think homework during the week is too much for young kids, as well as a nightmare for parents to fit in. We do all ours over the weekend and it doesn't feel too imposing then.

livvylouis Thu 22-Sep-11 11:34:15

What I thought, the maths tasks dont take too long however it has to be compleated on certain days which makes it hard for me as I work on one of the evenings. Dont really know what I can do about it as I dont want her to get behind but I do feel unhappy about.

betterwhenthesunshines Thu 22-Sep-11 11:37:20

Reading 4 days and then one other task each day ( to be done for the following day):
mon - spellings: 10 to learn + make up 3 sentences for test on thurs
tues - number facts - so far has been online games, number bonds etc
wed - logic/reasoning; puzzle, verbal reasoning
thurs - maths worksheet
fri- some kind of writing (only had 1 so far)

It IS a lot I think although my daughter is getting on with it all quite happily, even though she is still struggling with reading, all the work has been things she can do quite happily by herself ( apart from spellings). I was worried about the next day element of it, although in practice this is working well as she has no choice but to get on with it, rather than negotiate leaving it for another day.

So it sounds about the same as you.

EldonAve Thu 22-Sep-11 11:39:11

20 mins a night

cloudpuff Thu 22-Sep-11 11:46:01

DDs teacher sent letter home stating they need to read at least 15minutes each day at home, they will get set homework to do over the weekend and also spellings to learn each day and they'll get tested on the Monday morning on them and how important is for Parents to support the learning etc. School has been back for three weeks now and so far none of it has happened apart from the reading.

I just know its all gonna come this weekend when we are busy with two close family weddings.

mungogerry Thu 22-Sep-11 11:47:50

Yr2 at my children's primary encourage you to aim for 10mins reading with your child each day, but if your child is particularly tired one night then they prefer you not to force this, and just skip the night.

They set one lot of homework on Friday that is to be in by Wednesday morning. It varies on subject literacy/maths/art/a craft activity/research something on the net/etc. It usually takes 20 mins, but you can extend with your child if you wish. Team points are given for work that is done well, and also for any additional extension work done.

This is perfect for y2 in my opinion.

2BoysTooLoud Thu 22-Sep-11 12:44:51

At the moment we have no home work for year 2 apart from reading books.

WoodRose Thu 22-Sep-11 12:52:03

No homework here apart from dd's reading book. DC's school doesn't set homework until year 3.

henry84 Thu 22-Sep-11 13:05:16

Sounds loads. Just reading book and spelling here. Year 3 is a different matter though. Spelling, reading and 2 other pieces of homework. Plus termly assisgnments.

simpson Thu 22-Sep-11 13:40:22

DS gets 10 spellings on a monday to learn for a test on friday

A few questions from his literacy book which is given on thursday to be done by the following tuesday. It takes about 30mins

Ditto numeracy

We have not got any reading books yet as they are still being assessed so will have that to do as well.

munstersmum Thu 22-Sep-11 14:05:14

On Fri for Wed 1 homeworksheet & 10 spellings.
2 reading books per week.

AChickenCalledKorma Thu 22-Sep-11 16:09:18

Specific tasks on specific nights would drive me nuts.

DD2 is Yr 2 and gets one maths and one literacy task per week. Set on Monday, to be done by Friday. And reading every night obviously.

There will also be a larger scale project each half term, of the variety that is to be done with and/or by parents, depending on your point of view.

janet41 Thu 22-Sep-11 18:08:04

hi we have the same amount of homework as that and dd is in year 1, plus she gets projects etc

MirandaWest Thu 22-Sep-11 18:16:56

When DS was in year 2 there was a piece of homework given on Friday to be in on Wednesday I think. Also spellings on Friday and tested the next Friday. Reading was up to you to do it - we weren't told when to do it.

mrz Thu 22-Sep-11 18:30:13

I give out a piece of work on a Friday to be returned before the following Friday at this stage roughly 3 sentences worth and children take home reading books and can access e books but not compulsion to do either writing or reading.

thatsenough Thu 22-Sep-11 18:38:55

Alternate nights maths and english to be returned the next day, plus 5 spellings, plus reading (usually around 6-8 pages), plus consolidate tables.

They say it should take around 20 minutes - in reality English nights take around 45 minutes and maths around 20-30 minutes.

dearheart Thu 22-Sep-11 19:27:00

In Y2 we had a numeracy or literacy sheet, with optional extension activity. Occasionally we would have a project or similar to do. Dd usually had a reading book too.

TheFlyingOnion Thu 22-Sep-11 19:54:31

Sounds a lot

I wouldn't give any but school have a policy of giving one maths and one literacy sheet a week, plus spellings and reading.

I have my own policy of never chasing it up if it isn't handed in...

gabid Thu 22-Sep-11 21:39:20

We haven't got anything, except 40 spellings for the 1/2 term. They have already done a spelling test in the 2nd week back!

Still no reading book either - I am getting a bit concerned about teacher being a bit lax.

I read with DS every day though and we do a bit of maths as I think he is a bit behind.

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