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Jux Sun 14-Sep-08 11:26:33

This is dd's homework:

Spellings (top group):

carries
carried
carrying
explores
explored
exploring
rushes
rushed
rushing
fizzi ng

Numeracy (don't know the group)

From the digits given, list all the numbers that you can possibly make. List them in ascending order. How many numbers can you possibly make with each set of digits?
Two digits: 2 8 and 6 7
Three digits: 4 5 9 and 6 1 8
Four digits: 5 8 7 3 and 7 0 4 3

WTF? She is 9 (and the youngest in her class). Spellings last year included: quagmire, telekinetic, salutation. She's been reading Artemis Fowle books for over a year. She can spell (and say!) deoxyribonucleic acid!

As for maths - I know I'm worried because she hasn't bothered to learn her tables properly, but now I'm not that surprised.

Troutpout Sun 14-Sep-08 15:47:42

I wouldn't worry about it too much. It could be that she is being challenged with much harder work in the classroom anyway.
Tbh my ds was worked very hard in year 5 (they got them up to sat level 5 in year 5 and then just revised it all in year 6)...i would have been very happy for some less intense homework.

roisin Sun 14-Sep-08 16:01:50

I would chill! If she's reading Eoin Colfer and similar then she will probably pick up good spelling naturally rather than need articifial spelling tests.

If homework is quick and simple she can spend her free time on more worthwhile learning activities.

ds1 rarely got 'challenging' homework from primary school, but he/we didn't mind at all as it meant he could concentrate on other things he wanted to do at the time.

I would make her learn her tables properly though.

nell12 Sun 14-Sep-08 16:05:22

Make the most of her finding the homework easy...it will all change when she gets to year 6 and on up to secondary school. I also agree with troutpout... as she is so far ahead, the teacher will be expecting great things of her in class.
I suspect the teacher is setting this homework more as a sounding board to see who actually does their homework; if dd constantly gets all her spellings correct then I am sure that your dd and the others on a similar level will be set some extension work.

MrsWeasley Sun 14-Sep-08 16:19:01

My year 5's homework is to look at the moon every night for 3 weeks.

Jux Mon 15-Sep-08 10:50:02

I've just seen your thread in active convos MrsWeasley and wished immediately that they had asked dd to do something like that!

Thank you Troutpout, roisin and nell12. I'm just a bit annoyed that they are not going on from the level of homework they had last year, but it may be that they're just checking out who does it and who doesn't, as sugggested.

More worthwhile activities?grin Like ClubPenguin, Neopets or GardenParty, you mean?!

Jux Mon 15-Sep-08 10:51:13

Oh, it's not your thread MrsWeasley!

MaloryDontDiveItsShallow Mon 15-Sep-08 10:53:16

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Jux Mon 15-Sep-08 14:07:22

Yeah but vis a vis the maths, they were doing that first term last year. May be just revision - keep my fingers crossed.

ingles2 Mon 15-Sep-08 14:45:49

Jux my ds1 has just had that maths homework..he's yr 4 (9 soon) in a yr 4/5 class at a new school.
We got it wrong! blush
Both he and I took it to mean all the numbers from the combination, so 28 67,76,82
not 2, 6, 7,8,28 etc etc
Poor thing..is very upset. He would have been there all night.
Anyway, point is our yr 5's have this too. smile

flatmouse Mon 15-Sep-08 15:01:07

re the maths, from the way it's presented above i would take it to mean the same as you did!
if they meant it to be individual numbers then they should have written it eg 2, 8, 6 and 7.
Obviously if they have been told in class what is meant i would expect DS to have written that in his homework diary (Yeah right!!) or remembered (double yeah right!)

ingles2 Mon 15-Sep-08 15:06:22

LOL and Thanks Flatmouse for making me feel better grin
We've just moved to this school and have never had any homework before. It's a steep learning curve for both of us. I can't even remember what he needs when, where and how let alone ds1, who's dreamy at the best of times grin

Jux Mon 15-Sep-08 16:39:52

Ingles2 thank you. I had made the same assumption you did. It's not due in until Thursday so dd hasn't actually done it yet. I'll see what she makes of it, and possibly put in a sly comment about how to phrase it, in pencil in the margin!grin

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