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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 9:17 pm 
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Since DD2 has started year 6 her teacher has piled on the homework, more than even dd1 had in that year. There are so many projects on the go, as well as spellings, maths workbooks etc. DD2 has been doing all this as well as preparing for the test next week, but this weekend has been ridiculous. We are now done with anything 11+ related, I want dd to have a rest, however, we are behind with school homework. Shouldn't teachers be backing off last week and this week? I was thinking of speaking to teacher tomorrow to ask if she can go easy on them this week. Is this unreasonable for me to ask?


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:09 am 
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Hmm. Not sure what sort of reaction that would get tbh. Th 11+ is nothing to do with the primary schools, and a teacher could reasonably argue that what a child is doing at the weekend doesn't really have anything to do with them. For example a child might be in a swimming gala or cycle race, and most weekends I bet there is something for at least one child in the class. In my son's primary class only 4 children out of 30 took the test and I wouldn't have expected the teacher to make any allowances.

That's not to say your child actually has to do the homework. :wink:


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:34 am 
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Some year 6 teachers make allowances if put in the picture and others don't. As Amber says, it really has nothing to do with school and arguably should be regarded no differently to any other activity.
When I was in the classroom I gave no homework to ALL the year 6 children during the week before the test whether they were sitting it or not. Some of my colleagues felt this was wrong.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:41 am 
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I have given my DD2 a lot of help with her homework this week :D It was all in her own writing....


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 2:32 pm 
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Orson wrote:
When I was in the classroom I gave no homework to ALL the year 6 children during the week before the test whether they were sitting it or not. Some of my colleagues felt this was wrong.
Good job I wasn't working with you Orson :wink: . Unless of course you let them all off homework when one or 2 of them had a gym competition, or were in a concert, or had a long journey to make. :shock:


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 3:27 pm 
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Lots of children in my Dc's class didn't do their homework last week because they were too busy preparing. They've all been in trouble for it. I made sure Dc had done their homework - part of me thinks that they will have a lot more than this to manage next year if they qualify! :shock:


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:18 pm 
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Amber wrote:
Orson wrote:
When I was in the classroom I gave no homework to ALL the year 6 children during the week before the test whether they were sitting it or not. Some of my colleagues felt this was wrong.
Good job I wasn't working with you Orson :wink: . Unless of course you let them all off homework when one or 2 of them had a gym competition, or were in a concert, or had a long journey to make. :shock:

Now that would be lovely! Everyone gets a treat when a few have other commitments. I'm sure that's how it worked in Sri Lanka when it came to religious hols. Maybe I have a poor memory but I'm pretty sure we all got each other's holidays off.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:36 pm 
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Scaredycat, my DD1 is at SHS and very rarely gets more homework than DD2 :D I'm sure it depends on the school though and to some extent luck of the draw with teaching groups.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:45 pm 
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Pixiqueen, same here, DD1 has had far less homework this year than DD2. DD1 - shs year 9 dd2 -year 6! Maybe it may have something to do with having a new head who wants to let their authority be know. :roll:


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 5:21 pm 
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DC at one of the Gloucester grammars in Year 9 and gets plenty of homework each night (4 subjects some evenings) :shock: As you say, luck of the draw - Dc2 at primary gets maths and literacy each week (literacy last week was a good couple of hours and maths at least 40 minutes). Give it a few more days and we can all breathe a sigh of relief until results day! Keep smiling :D


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