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homework in year 7

(33 Posts)
suey Mon 27-Oct-14 09:30:24

Does anyone have a grandchild in year 7? Do they have regular homework? I don't mean a lot, just some.

annodomini Mon 27-Oct-14 10:22:49

Yes and yes.

Teetime Mon 27-Oct-14 12:53:31

and again yes and yes.

Ana Mon 27-Oct-14 12:58:22

Yes, yes and lots!

janerowena Mon 27-Oct-14 13:13:20

It gets them used to what is to come.

merlotgran Mon 27-Oct-14 13:42:17

Yes, yes and why?

Mishap Mon 27-Oct-14 14:07:51

Now don't get me off on this again! - anyone who has seen my contributions to similar threads will know how anti-homework I am!

thatbags Mon 27-Oct-14 15:10:18

Yes, they do get homework but by that age I reckon you can leave them to do it or not as they choose, and then get into trouble at school if they chose the second option. Minibags never, or rarely, appeared to be doing homework in her first and second years at secondary school (she's now in Yr9) but apparently she's a fine student and is doing well. No complaints from teachers on the academic side at all.

So perhaps you don't need to worry.

nightowl Mon 27-Oct-14 15:20:33

They have homework in nursery now, never mind year 7 sad

granjura Mon 27-Oct-14 15:46:20

They do- due to parental pressure and expectations- which is a pity I feel.

tiggypiro Mon 27-Oct-14 18:19:48

I'm with you on this subject Mishap and granjura.

rosequartz Mon 27-Oct-14 18:30:05

I asked about homework for reception children in another thread.

I remember 2+ hours of homework per night from when we started at senior school (what is now called Year 7).

suey Tue 28-Oct-14 09:55:48

Thank you. I asked because this 1st half of term she has had just a few sporadic pieces of homework. Perhaps they are bedding them in gently.

Mamie Tue 28-Oct-14 10:04:03

My GD is in Year 7 at a comprehensive school. She has an hour and a half's homework every night and a detailed homework timetable.
She gets in at 3.30 and has no problem getting it done.

rosequartz Tue 28-Oct-14 14:56:53

I remembered starting at high school and the work hitting us all like a sledge-hammer!!

When my DC started at senior school they seemed to spend most of the first year re-doing what they had learnt in the final year of junior school. I was told it was to make sure that all pupils were up to the same standard. hmm

merlotgran Tue 28-Oct-14 15:14:40

Yr. 7 parents can sometimes be hard to please. They can be quick to complain that there's not enough/too much homework, bright kids are repeating work, discipline is too soft/strict etc., etc.

It all levels out in the end and by yr. 8 the little dears have found their feet and that's when discipline and homework issues are more likely to crop up.

goldengirl Tue 28-Oct-14 17:21:56

Both GD who's 10 and GS who's 7 have homework. I personally think its too much and it causes worry on occasion. When they visit me they have to do their homework first so they can be free to play without worrying. Luckily it doesn't take too long - usually.

apricot Wed 29-Oct-14 19:19:25

Year 7? My grandson had homework from the start of Reception, when he was just 4. It didn't seem to matter whether it got done or not, which was just as well because he was always too tired and his parents who both work full-time rarely had time to help.
Primary schools now demand a load of parental involvement, which is fine for SAHMs but impossible for those who get home at 6.30 every night and have younger children too.

thatbags Wed 29-Oct-14 20:20:33

We wrote to Minibags's headteacher and said she wasn't going to do school work at home. We pointed out, among other things, that when a child is not in school it is none of the school's business what the child is doing.

Minibags read and wrote things and drew and played at home and with her friends after school, and she talked about what she was doing at school. All that is homework. Schools should lay off the pressure on small kids but they won't until more parents assert their rights as primary (in the sense of first and most important) carers and educators.

thatbags Wed 29-Oct-14 20:22:48

Primary school headteacher, that is. Minibags is now at secondary school and she is responsible for doing her homework, not us, though of course we're happy for her to discuss it and to give advice when it is asked for.

Ana Wed 29-Oct-14 20:55:00

That's interesting, thatbags, but it wouldn't work for all children.

Having been excused, as it were, from doing any homework in primary school I can imagine that some wouldn't take kindly to being expected to knuckle down when they started secondary school.

I do agree with apricot in that it's very difficult for parents who work full-time to spend the time expected by primary schools supervising homework and listening to reading etc., especially when there are two or three children in the family.

thatbags Wed 29-Oct-14 21:29:39

She wasn't 'excused'. It wasn't the school's job to excuse. We parents are in charge at home. Besides, she was consolidating what she learned at school all the time, as I explained to the HT, just not doing at home work that was "prescribed" at school.

As for knuckling down, I suspect that kids who have difficulty with that will have difficulty with that whether they are told to do homework from the age of four or fourteen. Attitudes to learning are learned at home too, but if six hours a day schooling isn't enough for a child of primary school age then the schooling isn't doing its job properly.

What made us crossest about the school's attitude was that there was talk of not allowing a child out at play-time but making it "study" if it hadn't done its homework. This at the age of six!! That's idiotic and appalling. How is using study as a punishment going to encourage a child to think positively about studying?

rosequartz Thu 30-Oct-14 09:55:23

In the main, I agree with thatbags. However, I don't think that some homework in Year 6 is a bad thing to get them into the routine that they will expect in Year 7, although the amount of homework and projects (to be done at home) that my youngest DC had in Year 6 was astonishing. This was over 20 years ago and I did notice a difference between the amount of homework she had compared with the little that the older two DC had at the same age. DD1 had very little as her projects were completed in school time.

However, many parents are not that assertive when dealing with head teachers and would not want their child to be the one singled out for not doing their homework when all others had meekly complied.

We had the same attitude as thatbags to our DC with homework prescribed at senior school - they had to do it and we were there to advise and help if needed - but not to do the homework and assignments for them as I know that many parents did! shock

whenim64 Thu 30-Oct-14 10:28:04

I'm with mishap and thatbags on this - anti school-imposed homework. Stick to their agenda in school time - it's parent/child time at home and children learn by enjoying their leisure, playing games, reading and chatting with parents and socialising. Education goes beyond school hours, teachers do their bit and home life is equally important.

Mishap Thu 30-Oct-14 14:31:46

Ever tried dealing with a stroppy 10 year old boy who definitely has no intention of doing his homework after you have been at work all day and have two other children's need to take into account? How dare schools impose that sort of misery (yes, it is misery) on families' lives? Disrupted home life is too high a price to pay for what is often a pointless piece of homework set to tick a box rather than enhance learning.

There is plenty of tatting about at school - time that could be better used to get the learning done before going home - and at the same time free the staff up from constant homework marking when they could be using their ingenuity to inspire their pupils' interest in learning, which is I am sure what most teachers would prefer to be doing.

It is fine for those with biddable children who settle down to their homework with a will to approve of homework - but for most families it is not like that at all.

Well - I did say please don't set me off on this subject!