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Is your DC in YR3 - how easy would they find this homework???

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FAQ · 17/10/2008 20:28

I'm intrigued, I (personally) thought it was quite tricky for the start of YR3 and certainly DS1 (who is generally pretty good at maths and maths problems) found it hard (as you can see from the wrong answers ).

His teacher told me "they should have found it fairly easy" - but I'm not so sure.......


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SqueakyPop · 17/10/2008 20:34

Depends on whether they were given it cold, or given it with a bit of explanation and tips.

JustKeepSwimming · 17/10/2008 20:39

depends - it's a weird way of learning about money/coins/etc. but if it's something they have done in class as a puzzle/practice thing then i guess it's ok.

when i was a maths teacher i often gave the kids mathematical puzzles as homework, to start with lots of the parents got stroppy as they thought it wasn't mathematical enough, they were only meant to be a bit of mental fun. anyway i digress....

FAQ · 17/10/2008 20:41

Not sure - they may have had it explained in class - but that was all that came home.

Admittedly one of DS1's weaknesses is not always understanding things that are explained to him, and not asking for clarification if he's not sure - so he may have had it explained but not really understood. However when I explained to him what he had to do, and gave him a few (of my own tips ) on how to do it he reacted like it was all totally new to him (although it could be that my methods were totally different to what the teacher had told them)

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Twiglett · 17/10/2008 20:42

tricky but fun I think

I think DS could manage it but he loves sudoko

I don't think it's easy though .. I can imagine some adults not knowing how to do it

soapbox · 17/10/2008 20:42

DS would have found this quite easy last year when he was in y3.

If he had needed help with it, I would have put a pile of coins on the table from the coppers jar and let him work it out in 'real' IYSWIM

FAQ · 17/10/2008 20:43

JSW - I'm not complaining about him getting Math's puzzles (quite the opposite - I'd be quite happy if he got maths puzzles all the way through to A Level as I find them much easier than "standard" maths ) - I just thought it was a bit tricky for the start of YR3

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JustKeepSwimming · 17/10/2008 20:44

soapbox has a good point - different kids learn better in different ways.
(audio instructions, written instructions, physical aids, etc.)

i tried sudoku with the kids i taught and some got it straight away, others treated it like reading madarin

some people are not puzzle people

FAQ · 17/10/2008 20:44

I would have given him some coins to us - except I'd only just bagged up (and banked) my 1's 2's and 5's from my money pot lol.

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JustKeepSwimming · 17/10/2008 20:45

FAQ - i didn't think you were complaining don't worry!
i just waffle

DraculaNeedsArteries · 17/10/2008 20:47

I think it would be tricky to throw them into. MY DTDs are "top half of the class".

They would have done it easily if I had pointed at the squares that they could solve first and left them to do the money...but I am not sure that they could have worked out which order to solve the logical element in though...I may be wrong though.

The numeracy would have been a piece of piss for them...the logic would have made them panic.

tissy · 17/10/2008 20:48

my dd is in P3, which translates to Yr2, and would be able to do it, but I would probably have to get her started on the method, if they hadn't done something similar in class.

Like Soapbox, I would suggest she uses her pile of change that she has hoarded!

RustyBear · 17/10/2008 20:54

The worksheet comes from this program, which we use at our junior school - was your DS doing the activities on the computer? The link to the worksheet is near the bottom -it's based on the coin breaker game.

Anyway, if you can see past the 'For evaluation only' banner he can have a practice....

FAQ · 17/10/2008 20:56

actually I'm not sure they had done anything similar/discussed it in class - each time DS1 brings his homework book home it always appears to be a complete surprise to him what his homework is (and I know he's slightly dippy - bit like his mother really but I'm not sure he'd have been that clueless/surprised on all of it).

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pointygravedogger · 17/10/2008 21:02

One of the problems with homework is that although it is explained and children have the chance to ask questions, there are always a few who have not really listened or picked up the instructions.

If your ds was able to do it with your help and instruction, then that's fine.

FAQ · 17/10/2008 21:09

pointy - but he's not even known what his homework is at ALL since he started YR3 and while he does have a habit of not listening properly/understanding sometimes, some of it I'm CERTAIN he would have picked up on (like finding out "2 or more facts about Brazil, ready for Arts Weeks" - he didn't even know about Arts Week, and no idea what his homework was until we looked in his book. When he found out he was extremely excited about it as he loves finding out facts about countries and bugged me all evening to go on the computer to find some stuff).

Or this weeks "Teeth and Health Eating Homework" - he has a disclosing tablet to show up the plaque when he brushes his teeth. Yes I know they've been leaerning about teeth (he's been boring me senseless with facts for the last week lol) - but had NO idea about this homework.

I'm not sure when it was supposed to be in though, we've been told (and there's a note in the front of the homework book) that homework is given out on Friday's and has to be returned the "following thursday" - now he got this homework on Tuesday .

As dippy as he is I just can't see him not remembering any of the information he's been given about homework.

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Orinoco · 17/10/2008 21:09

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FAQ · 17/10/2008 21:13

oh and when he was at infants in YR2 he always came home and told me (before I even looked in his bag) if he had homework and vaguely what it was.

I know it's a new school, work is harder etc etc - but his teacher also told me he'd "settled well" (and certainly he seems very happy being there) so he's either taken a massive step backwards to YR1/early YR2 type concentration/listening skills, or something else.

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pointygravedogger · 17/10/2008 21:17

you should speak to the teacher and ask again when homework is given out and how it is given oiut

FAQ · 17/10/2008 21:20

had parents evening the other day ( have a thread about that too.....) wasn't very helpful tbh.

I assumed until today that I'd missed being told that the spellings tests would me done with them having to write a sentence with each word.........but apparently I'm one of the few parents that did know about it (as DS1 had told me when we were chatting about spellings while practicing them the other day)

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sphil · 17/10/2008 21:20

DS1 (probably just above average in maths) would have needed quite a lot of help from me with the method, though the maths wouldn't have been a problem.

I think your son did very well - quite a few more ticks than crosses!

Tinkerbel6 · 20/10/2008 10:16

DD had similar types of worksheets in YR2, its a fun way of learning, but children do need to understand the question before they tackle it. FAQ DD is now in YR3 and also doing Teeth and Healthy Eating, this weeks homework, apart from spellings, is to learn what moloars, enamel, dentine, canine, balanced diet is, there are 16 objects she has to learn, I didn't even though what some of them were, lol.

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