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How much homework do your Year 1 DC get each week?

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RTKangaMummy Fri 27-Jan-17 01:10:49

My DS is grown up now (so I might be remembering through rose tinted spectacles) but my best friend has a DD in year 1 (5 years old)

It seems to me that she has lots of homework but is it what is normal now?

She seems to have a new project to do every weekend, these seem to be of various levels of time consuming,

I am not sure how much she is supposed to do herself and how much "help" she is supposed to have from parents

My DS used to do reading, spellings to learn and number bonds etc each week but this seems much more involved but I don't know if her DD is having the "normal" or "usual" amount for year 1


mrz Fri 27-Jan-17 06:16:18

As a Y1 teacher I would like parents to listen to their child read as often as possible and send home a simple maths activity related to what we have been learning in class if parents want it.

Bitlost Fri 27-Jan-17 07:00:58

From year 1, my DD has had two maths tasks a week as well as two English tasks. They get given on a Monday and you have to hand them in on a Friday. We try to do it all -- often this is in addition to numbers bonds and timestables. And we also do reading, of course. Nightmare.

DrLockhart Fri 27-Jan-17 07:07:46

Home work issued Friday, in for Wednesday. Will be related to learning that week.

Some weeks maths, literacy etc, other weeks making something or researching something.

Then spelling each week (words issued every Friday for test on Thursday)

Reading books - just generally encouraged to read but they're not big on you documenting it down.

It's seems a lot when I write it down but it isn't really.

thisagain Fri 27-Jan-17 07:49:44

We are expected to read regularly and they bring home 5 spellings a week.

birdybirdbird Fri 27-Jan-17 08:04:58

Year 1 teacher here. Our school sends home 5 spelling words (that we also focus on in school) and we ask them to try and read 4 times a week. We let them know what phonics we have covered and there's also a half termly maths focus to help consolidate what we're doing in class. We sometimes send a bigger project over the holidays but this is optional, we certainly don't chase them if it isn't done!
I do wish that more of my parents would help their children consolidate the reading, spelling, phonics and maths we do in class though. Every little helps in the new curriculum!

Growingpeopleme Fri 27-Jan-17 08:07:20

Nightly reading and occasional project or maths challenge. Enough I think, glad we don't have lots of formal homework. Normal state primary.

ridinghighinapril Fri 27-Jan-17 08:30:39

- Weekly spelling (10-15) - pupils are steamed for this but they are unaware
- Weekly maths (sheet or online)
- Weekly literacy sheet e.g put words in alphabetically order; root words changed to -ed or -ly
- occasional topic work e.g draw a puncture of an event/person from the past
- daily reading

ridinghighinapril Fri 27-Jan-17 08:31:48

(parents are aware that pupils are streamed for reading/spelling but are not told which groups are top, middle etc)

ridinghighinapril Fri 27-Jan-17 08:35:29

*streamed (not steamed)
* picture (not puncture but that would be interesting!)

Maths/literacy homework takes max 20min total
Spelling is done regularly during the school run / bath time

sirfredfredgeorge Fri 27-Jan-17 08:50:14

parents are aware that pupils are streamed for reading/spelling but are not told which groups are top, middle etc

But the kids know (as in they know the rough performance of all their peers) so they can just ask their kids surely?

We have a homework book, we almost never look at it, no-one cares, it's optional. We get reading books when we want to change - takes us 10 minutes a week maybe.

There's also a big optional termly, do what you want, here are some ideas thing.

Ginmummy1 Fri 27-Jan-17 09:07:48

Reading books and maths game - issued on a Wednesday, returned the following Tuesday.

The maths game is good as it provides opportunity to reinforce the use of mathematical language and improves mental maths - but it is not linked to the current activity (the games are rotated between the children throughout the year).

Also a 'project' to do each half term based on the current topic (but you can do anything eg make a model, draw a picture, do some writing). Nothing over the Christmas holiday.

Also they sent home 100 HFW at the start of the academic year, with a general request for parents to work through these a few at a time with their children, and to ask when ready for the next sets of words. They work on these with a spelling buddy in class as well, I gather from my DD (school don't tell us much).

Apparently they used to do weekly spellings/sentences as well, but this was scrapped across the school earlier this year.

Ginmummy1 Fri 27-Jan-17 09:10:00

I should add that all of my friends with children in Y1 at others schools get more homework than my DD. One gets weekly projects like the OP describes, and several others seem to get spellings, maths sheets and online work as well as reading.

AuntieStella Fri 27-Jan-17 09:21:13

Mine are older now, but were expected to read daily (10 mins, or more if they wanted to), had a weekly sheet for maths, and a 10 word spellings list. Occasionally there would be a little project (eg I remember having to find out three facts about castles and draw one)

Felyne Fri 27-Jan-17 12:48:17

None. They have reading scheme books and that's it, same as in reception.
Year 2 has a fortnightly project to do, a relevant topic is given and they research and present their work in a book using a double-page only.
No spellings or anything like that.
I am happy about it, especially reading how much other people's kids get.

BertPuttocks Fri 27-Jan-17 13:47:58

DD gets 5 spellings a week and a reading book that is changed when needed.

Once every half term they get a piece of work related to their class topic. There are a number of possible tasks to choose from and they pick whichever one suits them/their family. The tasks are fairly straightforward and don't take long, eg draw a picture or write a couple of sentences about the topic.

ilovetosleep Fri 27-Jan-17 14:17:02

We seem to have less homework than lora of friends with yr1 kids. As much reading as poss (did reads a book a night, he was reading 2 per night til they got much longer at about turq band) Each week there are 5 spellings but they are not tested on them (teacher sort of monitors their progress in phonics sessions but no formal tests) Then they have number targets e.g. Number bonds but again there are no actual tests/worksheets - the teacher just moves them up a target when she sees they have mastered one, but no tests/deadlines. I am so glad we don't have to actually hand anything in at all, ever!

Muddlingalongalone Fri 27-Jan-17 14:33:10

Nothing formal/compulsory.
Reading is to be encouraged & this term they have a bucket list of "challenges" which range from practicing sentences using high frequency words, to making someone laugh, learning to flip a bottle & going for a walk in the fresh air, helping to cook dinner etc
It's great for me as a full time working single parent who gets such a little time during the week with my children I don't want to be doing worksheets but I do worry about a mega culture shock in yr 2

empirerecordsrocked Fri 27-Jan-17 14:50:08

Reading every day, spellings every week and maths Monday - Thursday. The maths is a couple of sheets and what they did in class and is supposed to consolidate the learning. Takes 10 mins max.

I wouldn't like any more, certainly not projects at the weekend.

HandsomeDevil Fri 27-Jan-17 14:55:23

Reading books changed twice weekly
10 spellings
One additional piece of work, which as a rule takes about 10-15mins.

phoenixnix Fri 27-Jan-17 15:09:29

Reading nightly
10 spellings a week
One piece of weekly homework which usually takes less than 5 minutes.

memyselfandaye Fri 27-Jan-17 15:14:09

They have to write out six spellings three times every week for the test every Monday.

Read three books every week.

Complete 4 projects every term

Then there is usually a weekend piece of homework they get on a Friday.

It's too much imo.

rka2017 Fri 27-Jan-17 15:54:40

Reading book changed everyday, reading activity every other day,homework given every Friday,that's all.Sometimes half term big project or spellings given

champagneplanet Fri 27-Jan-17 16:07:07

We get reading book changed 1-2 times a week and are expected to read and log a comment in her book 'most nights' (me, DM and MIL do it between us about 5 nights).

She gets homework on a Friday which has to be in by the following Tuesday. It's usually a 1 page worksheet and alternates between English, Maths and Science.

On a Friday she also gets a book to fill in for phonics, eg the teacher picks a phrase 'er' and we have to make a list of words containing er and then make a sentence.

Homework takes 20 mins maximum usually but always requires parental input, she's in Year 1.

RTKangaMummy Fri 27-Jan-17 16:11:41

Thank you everyone

It does seem that her DD does have more than usual then - this is a regular primary school

None of these projects seem to be compulsory but are expected iyswim

Like I said my DS is grown up and I know education systems have changed a lot since he was tiny, and ideas about homework etc change over time

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