My son is not at school yet (he starts next year) but my thoughts are I would rather schools hours be extended then have kids bring home a mountain of homework. I think a little (up to 20 mins) is ok
Are the studies about it not being worthwhile is it that the homework being set is too much, not appropriate or just that learning outcomes don't improve with homework?
For those who vehemently disagree with homework, which seems like quite a few people, how do you expect a child to go from zero homework to lots of homework in high school?
Children shouldn't be forced to sit and do work they should be playing. That's how they learn because they enjoy it. That's one of the reasons why I'm looking into homeschooling.
Everything in moderation.
Year 5 my DD gets a double sided homework sheet, spelling list, 20-30 minutes of reading a night. She then has title pages to do from class and catch up on work that is done during her clarinet lesson. Her maths tutor doesn't really give her homework... thank goodness!
As she is struggling with some aspects of school work there is no way I am stopping her clarinet/band participation as it is something that is coming easy to her.
As a teacher...
Reading is important, but it is ideal if what they are reading they also like and l would love to see a new range of readers that cover wider range of genres, topics and formats particularly aimed at reluctant readers, but of course that comes down to funding. A way of combating this could be to let children have a couple of free-choice nights, but it would have to be something within their capability as home-reading usually reinforces and practices what they've been learning at school. We usually grab quite a few from the public library that the kids choose themselves from the readers' section and they read these for pleasure when they feel like it or if they forget to change their reader over.
The other thing I think needs a little extra practice would be tables as there's only so much time in the day and the maths curriculum is super busy as it is if it is taught in its entirety, but that's about it. Keeping in mind that many homes are also super busy, but between the two it can be given a little extra time. They are the foundation to so much maths further down the line and are expected to have a good grasp on them in Stage 2 (3,4).
Last edited by Little Ted; 26-07-2015 at 11:31.
I'm currently on placement (secondary teaching) and homework is expected to be set for each subject daily. It then takes up to half a lesson to go through the homework and correct it, eating up valuable classroom time.
I think small amounts of homework are fine, but the grid posted by @Elijahsmum seems crazy to me, that's so much work for primary school.
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