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What does your DC do after school (Maths, Reading etc)?

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babysbreath Mon 09-Sep-13 16:23:10

When you DC comes home from school, do they do any form of work e.g. Maths or Reading?

My DC does about 10 minutes of reading each day, but I feel that I should be doing more with them.

Please let me know what you do each day after school with your DC.


GhoulWithADragonTattoo Mon 09-Sep-13 16:30:02

What age is your DC?

ouryve Mon 09-Sep-13 16:31:12

Nothing. He's survived a day at school and gets an hour or so on the computer to decompress. He might use some of that time for homework related activities, if necessary, but more usually, he's looking up Stuff about coins, which is his current interest. Show him a pound coin, and he can tell you if it's real or fake. He knows which pictures were printed in which years and which text goes with those pictures, as well as other signs to look for that the coin isn't all it should be.

babysbreath Mon 09-Sep-13 16:31:36

Six years old and in Y2.

exexpat Mon 09-Sep-13 16:35:14

What year is your DC in?

My feeling was that if the school didn't set homework, and I didn't have any reason to believe they were falling behind, there should be no need to do extra stuff at home. Bedtime stories and so on are different - they are fun and part of the routine - but I wouldn't start doling out maths worksheets.

Maybe if there are maths/reading related games your DC likes you could encourage those instead of other computer games, but play and relaxation is also very important for primary age children.

JoinYourPlayfellows Mon 09-Sep-13 16:40:59

DD1 is 5.

If she has homework she does it.

Once that is done she likes to draw, draw, draw. If no homework, she just goes straight to drawing.

ourvye - your kid sounds awesome smile

TeenAndTween Mon 09-Sep-13 16:46:19

Up until this year (y4) DD has done no schoolwork after school except homework (1 hr per week).

Spellings and reading have been done before school when she is fresher. Times tables at random times as and when.

This year she is learning piano so will need to practice that after school. I did Apples and Pears spelling with her in the holidays, but yet to work out how to make everything fit....

redskyatnight Mon 09-Sep-13 20:20:26

DD is now in Y3, but last year every evening she:
- read for around 10-15 minutes
- had to learn 10 spellings (using the look,say,cover, write, check method)
- wrote 1 or 2 spellings into sentences

... this was all required by the school.

simpson Mon 09-Sep-13 21:09:36

I have DD (yr1) and DS (yr4).

Both kids read aloud to me for 15 mins a day.

DD likes playing squeebles on the iPad (maths).

Other than that, not much really unless they have homework.

Chubfuddler Mon 09-Sep-13 21:12:40

Mine is same age. He has a reading book every night so that has to be done, I find straight after school with a drink and biscuit best approach. Then either playing outside, on iPad, with Lego/toys or generally vegging out until dinner, cuddles, bath, bedtime routine kicks in.

TheBuskersDog Mon 09-Sep-13 21:22:38

I think this is one of those Mumsnet things, everybody on here seems to spend hours teaching their children extra maths, Latin and Mandarin Chinese, but in real life children read, practice times tables, learn spellings and do their homework.

elfycat Mon 09-Sep-13 21:31:12

DD1 (4.5 and in Reception) brought home a note suggesting 20 minutes a day reading practice and 20 minutes per week on some math website I bet the school can spy, AIBU to half believe this conspiracy theory

We generally read a book or two anyway and I'm a SAHM, so we'll just do more, but I know some working parents can't work out when they're going to do that in the hour between after school care and bedtime.

I do think 2 hours a week homework in reception year suggests the school and I might disagree over levels of homework in later years.

ThreeBeeOneGee Mon 09-Sep-13 21:36:43

I have two in Y4.

Each evening they do two or three of the following:

Music practice.
Spelling practice.
Times tables practice.
Reading aloud.

They spend five to ten minutes on each activity, so about twenty minutes every evening in total.

ThreeBeeOneGee Mon 09-Sep-13 21:40:42

Ooops! The twins are in Y5 now, not Y4. In primary school I have encouraged all the children to spend five minutes per school year per evening on homework/reading/music, so five minutes in Y1 building up to half an hour in Y6.

stealthsquiggle Mon 09-Sep-13 21:48:25

Y2, reading plus 10 spellings a week. They had better not increase that cos it won't fit into our evenings.

Listentomum Tue 10-Sep-13 21:18:02

Dd y3 will as of next week be at the childminders until about 5.30, then she will practice tables, division and number bonds, probably about 10 mins on an app While I'm doing dinner, she will go through her mental maths test and revise what she got wrong (5mins) whilst I clear after dinner, and as she wants a later bed time she will read a chapter + of her reading book after dinner. Then an hour or 2 doing what ever she wants before bed at about 8ish.

However in y2 she probably did significantly less and if she wanted to do math apps games etc, she would but I wasn't asking her to. This year she is finding times tables hard so far so I'm getting her into the practice of learning them.

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