Jump to content

How much homework does your 5/6 year old get?
And are they at a public or private school?


  • Please log in to reply
49 replies to this topic

#1 flowermama

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:53 AM

I was talking to my neighbour yesterday and she was saying her 6 year old has 45 minutes of homework every night (writing words etc). This seems like a lot to me - I don't remember getting homework until I was about 10! So have times changed and all kids that age get this sort of homework or is it just some schools? He is at a private school.

Edited by flowermama, 22 February 2013 - 07:55 AM.


#2 *JJ*

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:58 AM

My 5 year old is in prep QLD and  her homework started this week and is for the remainder of the term.

It is writing the alphabet (laminated sheets) and saying the sounds that each letter makes and also practicing name writing.

It doesn't take to long and we do it together each afternoon.

Not sure as this is my first child on school and it is public.

Will be interesting to see what others do.

#3 Sunny003

Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:09 AM

DS's are 8 (4th year of school) and 6.5 (2nd year of school) and have readers each night & 5 spelling words for the week.

They practice their spelling words in class too, so only the kids who are struggling really need to practice at home.

I'm so glad our school has a no/very little homework policy for the younger grades.

#4 qak

Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:10 AM

DS age 6 is in year 1 (second year of school) and gets one double-sided page that would probably take him 20 mins (if he just sat down to do it!).  This is given out on Moday for return on Thursday.  I am encouraging him to do this in the 'homework club' at after school care.

Then he also has a reader which can take from 10-20 mins per night, and is also supposed to do 20 mins of mathletics per night.  We just haven't been able to do the mathletics - i think he has done it once this week.

#5 Percoriel

Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:19 AM

My DD is six and in her second year of school. They just have their readers to read as homework. The school doesn't give any additional homework till year three (third year of school).



#6 gizboo

Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:22 AM

Its supposed to be 15min on readers and 15min on homework (but it can blow out to 45mins all up sometimes)

My 5 & 6yos are in Yr 1 & 2 at a Cath school.
Both get readers, 10 spelling words (look, cover, write), a literacy activity (put words into alphabetical order, or similar) and a maths sheet. Homework isn't a big deal though, the teachers encourage the readers & spelling words, but the rest is just considered extra extension work at this stage.

#7 sophiasmum

Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:25 AM

Public school here.

In kindergarten the only homework they got was a home reader 4 nights a week.

From year 1 they started getting homework sheets in additon to the reading, which consisted of spelling words, sentences, times tables (if they were in a higher maths group), english & maths problems. does

DD1 spaces her homework out over Mon-Wed nights.

DS does most of his on Sunday mornings.

#8 baddmammajamma

Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:25 AM

My kids are at a private, high performing (though not selective) primary school.

My 5 year old (FYOS) has very limited homework at this stage -- typically doing light preparation for weekly "news."

Next week, they will start home readers and will be expected to read for a few minutes every evening at home and practice sight words. C'est tout.

Other friends in the area have reported crazy amounts of homework -- up to 45 min/night for a kid in FYOS!

Interestingly, my daughter's Y1 teacher last year -- a very seasoned veteran and distinguished teacher -- totally opposes homework of any sort beyond home readers. She believes, as I do, that young kids already cram so much learning into the day that they deserve to have lots of down time at home to recharge their batteries. She told me that the pressure to have homework comes not from the school but from some very vocal parents! I have heard this from other friends who are teachers.

I think things are getting a bit out of hand with how hard little kids are being pushed. I recently heard of more than one provider of services to help COACH kids for the Best Start Assessment in NSW.

WTF?!  wacko.gif

#9 RedBob

Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:39 AM

DD is in year 1 at a NSW public school. She typically gets one reader a night and a list of about 10 spelling words to write out every night which takes her about 5 minutes. The school has advised that this should take no more than 20 minutes per night, and if the child doesn't want to do it, then don't force them.

The school is also going to have a discussion with parents later in the year about rethinking whether homework is needed in the lower years at all.

#10 cheerilee

Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:40 AM

DD is 6 and in grade 1 in Vic. She has a reader every night, spelling words with a test on Friday and a homework book. The homework book is a double page spread to be done each week, it gets sent home on Friday and needs to be handed in on Thursday.

#11 Kreme

Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:40 AM

DS is 5 and in FYOS. He has a reader every day. He also has a sheet of sight words to learn which he can take at his own pace. Once he knows them he moves on to the next sheet. And there is optional writing practice, which is just tracing over the letters. He is very enthusiastic about his "homework" at the moment and he does it straight after school. All up it takes him maybe 10 mins.

DD is 6 and in Yr 1. She also has a reader every day. She's reading chapter books so she does 15 minutes every night. She also has optional homework, which is spelling practice, some maths exercises, physical activities, and my favourite - a list of home chores and self care tasks to choose from. It's such a nice experience to hear "Mummy I need to unpack the dishwasher!"  biggrin.gif. She chooses one activity each night and combined with the reading it probably takes her 25 minutes, although she would read regardless so that part doesn't feel like homework to her.

None of their homework is marked or checked by the teacher, DD has a little token to take in each week to confirm she has done her homework, but it is optional.

ETA: they are at a NSW public school.

Edited by kreme, 22 February 2013 - 08:41 AM.


#12 mombasa

Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:45 AM

DD is in her second year of School and last year (FYOS) had to do 20 minutes each night, Monday to Thursday and it was a huge struggle, not because she wasn't capable but because after school she was so tired and the word homework triggered tears and tantrums, it was horrible. This year thankfully it's 10 minutes a week plus readers, DD enjoys doing it now and it's not a struggle.

#13 Kay1

Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:47 AM

Totally depends on the school. Our school is fairly anti-homework. In FYOS my son got maybe 10 minutes over the week (not including home readers). I have friends who's kids were doing 30-40 minutes at that age (public schools).

Now in Year 2 DS1 gets a bit more, maybe 30 minutes or so spread across the week - plus home readers and preparing a short news item once a week.

#14 Carmen02

Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:51 AM

at that age my two where only getting a small reader everynight that took no more then 10mins..my grade 5 10 yr old does 45mins for younger children i dont think its any benefit

#15 EBeditor

Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:56 AM

DS is in grade 1 (2nd year of school).

He receives two weekly home readers and a worksheet with several numeracy and literacy tasks that he has from M-F to complete. There is also an optional online component using StudyLadder to play numeracy and literacy games.

Some of the worksheet exercises are really time consuming for a 5 yr old (like making several acrostics, or typing 20 words in different colours and fonts).  It is hard to resist wanting to tell him the answers and get it over with quickly.

My attitude is that we will encourage him to do as much as he can by himself, as long as it doesn't impact on sleep, family time or physical activity, which I feel are just as important at this age.

#16 Phoenix Blue

Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:58 AM

My boys are in FYOS and Grade 1 in Vic. They have readers every night (Prep starts this next week) and Grade 1 has 10 spelling words each week to practice throughout the week. Preppy will also have Magic words (sight words) to learn a bit later on.

#17 Mercurial

Posted 22 February 2013 - 09:08 AM

DS is in grade one.  He has a reader each night, six spelling words he writes out once each night and six sight words each week.  Takes usually under 10 mins.

DS is also getting literacy support so another five mins of homework each night for that.  

Also once a week they do a talk about a different subject (favourite toy, book, animal etc).  So usually another 10-15 mins prep for that over the whole week.  

So no more than 15 mins a night.  Though DS is on quite a low level reader, they're quite short and quick to get through.  A child at a more advanced reading level would probably have a much longer book which could take a while to get through.

#18 fillesetjumeaux

Posted 22 February 2013 - 09:13 AM

DD3 is in Year 1 (NSW) and has a spelling list that she has to write out every night, and a home reader every night.  The list takes about 5 minutes (10 words, I think) and her reader maybe 10 minutes.

DD1 and DD2 went to a different school when they were that age, and they did not have homework at all, although their weekly news followed set topics, so they did have to prepare that once a week.

Like you, OP, I do not remember having homework until at least primary school.

ETA: At the previous school (where DD3 was last year for FYOS), she did have sight words, but I didn't count that as homework, because she always knew all of them by the time she got home on Monday afternoon, so we didn't ever look at them again!

Edited by fillesetjumeaux, 22 February 2013 - 09:14 AM.


#19 Grumpy1

Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:14 AM

Seems to be big differences in how much homework is given.  45 minutes seems very excessive.  My 6 yr DD year 2 does 15 spelling words which she's expected to practise each night and a reader.  The rest of her homework includes some maths and more English and writing 3 sentences containing the spelling words.  She has til the end of the week to have it done.  

If I can get her to do it and we're having a good night she it probably takes her about 20-30 mins to finish it.  By finish I mean the entire homwrok for the week.  Add on an extra 10-15 mins for the reader.  At our school the kids who are better spellers are usually given more words.  ie some do 5, 10, 15 or 20 depending on their ability.

#20 zande

Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:16 AM

My 6yo has just started Year 1 in WA at a public school and she gets a few spelling words a night (that is not compulsory, just revision if they want to) and a book to read each night. Anything more than that I would not be happy with at this age.

#21 zande

Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:20 AM

My 6yo has just started Year 1 in WA at a public school and she gets a few spelling words a night (that is not compulsory, just revision if they want to) and a book to read each night. Anything more than that I would not be happy with at this age.

#22 NotBitzerMaloney

Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:02 AM

private school in Sydney
FYOS: 10 mins + readers
Year 1: 15 mins + readers
Year 2: 20 mins + readers

#23 DS1979

Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:14 AM

My son is in year 1 in NSW at a public school. His homework for the week consists of doing a home reader every night (takes about 5-10mins), working on his news topic for the week (takes about 15-20mins to complete the topic over a few days) and learning his spelling words (12 words - about 5-10mins every few nights to revise).

It's all very basic and the revision of the spelling words isn't compulsory, nor is the prep for his news but we do it because he asks if we can and he enjoys it! I don't think "homework" at this age is necessarily a bad thing as it's mainly just revision and I find my son learns better when we go over things a few times, but I know of other kids who don't learn well that way so I guess it depends on the individual whether they'll get anything out of it!



#24 Spa Gonk

Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:50 AM

My child is 6 and in grade 1 at a public school.

The teacher has requested they read a reader at home every day.  There has been no other homework so far.  However, my child is a good reader and the books that get bought home can be quite lengthy.  The one we had the other night had 5 chapters and lots of comprehension questions in the back.  We are keeping up at present but I am not going to be too fussed if we don't.  We read to the children every day anyway.

#25 the wudges

Posted 22 February 2013 - 12:55 PM

This is our private primary school's homework policy, which shows the maximum times that they think should be spent per year level:

FYOS         20 minutes per week
Year 1 40 minutes per week
Year 2 60 minutes per week
Year 3 80 minutes per week
Year 4 80 minutes per week
Year 5 100 minutes per week
Year 6 120 minutes per week

This includes readers, while any other work should only be revising what has already been covered in the classroom.

I think 45 mins per night for a 6 year old is excessive.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Heartwarming prank gives single mum the house she was hired to clean

Cara Simmons arrived at work to clean a large and beautiful house in time for a party planned for that evening. It was soon hers.

Why we should stop telling new parents to 'enjoy every moment'

A few weeks ago, some dear friends of mine had their first baby. As the proud dad texted me a picture I had to fight the natural instinct to say “Enjoy every moment!”

Transgender dad breastfeeds his babies

A transgender man who breastfed his first baby - despite having his breasts removed as part of his transformation from female to male - has now had a second child.

Couple face $1 million medical bill and bankruptcy after babymoon birth

A Canadian couple were slammed with a million dollar medical bill after their daughter was prematurely during their babymoon.

Win one of 5 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport

Australia?s No 1 selling car is now available in a Sports model and we have 5 to give away to some lucky Essential Baby families.

Cigarettes, junk food dominate supermarket sales growth

One in every five dollars spent at supermarkets goes on cigarettes or junk food, according to industry data.

Teacher under fire for breastfeeding in class

There is no doubt mums have a right to continue breastfeeding after they have returned to work, but one teacher in the US has taken it to the extreme.

Video: Baby sniffs beardless dad to make sure it's him

She looks him up and down and then touches his chin, but baby Lindsey still isn't sure this clean-shaven man is her dad.

The tragedy of losing a favourite teddy bear

We were green and uninitiated, perhaps a little naïve when it came to the favourite toy responsibility.

It's possible to workout while pregnant

Medical experts say intense fitness routines can be done safely during pregnancy - if the mums-to-be follow some guidelines.

Baby for Asher Keddie and Vincent Fantauzzo

Fans followed every step of her on-screen pregnancy in Offspring, now Asher Keddie is going to be a mum in real life too.

What parents really want for their kids

Are our hopes, dreams and expectations for our children what they really need?

'I had a feeling something was seriously wrong': the fight for Kaden's diagnosis

Before even giving birth, Katie Myers' maternal instincts warned her something was wrong with her baby.

When your pregnancy causes a relationship rift

Some dads-to-be don't miss a beat when their partner is pregnant; others struggle with a range of issues and can become withdrawn, right when their support is needed most.

Couple uses group photo trick to announce pregnancy to loved ones

Katharine and Kris Camilli devised a clever trick to immortalise their family and friends' reaction to their exciting pregnancy news.

Why Tracey Spicer has given up make-up

"After 30 years on television, I had become what I despised: a painted doll who spent an hour a day and close to $200 a week putting on a mask."

Empowering bikini photo of 46-year-old mum goes viral

When a group of teenagers made rude remarks about her body as she walked past them in a bikini at the local beach, Julie Cross refused to cover up.

Devastated widow discovers she's pregnant the day before husband's funeral

They had been trying to conceive a baby for seven years. Tragically Kristy Kirchner found out she was pregnant the day before her husband Royce's funeral.

Win a family pass to Disney Live!

We have 4 family passes to give away to see Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales, touring Australia this December/January.

Gabriella Goat sues Peppa Pig

Every toddler's favourite television pig is being sued by an Italian woman who shares a name with a Peppa Pig character.

Meet the Mpregs, the male pregnancy enthusiasts

"Men can't have babies - that's something only women can do! But our community is full of like-minded people who wish otherwise."

Your new motherhood survival kit

Forget about the bright, pretty baby things - while you're in survival mode, all you'll need are the essentials.

More than 100,000 cars recalled globally after death of pregnant woman

The announcement of a mass recall comes as Malaysian police investigate the death of pregnant woman in July.

I had a 'good baby' but still suffered from postnatal depression

I had a much wanted precious baby girl, a 'good baby' who slept well, self settled and was mostly content. It just seemed implausible to think I could succumb to depression.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win one of 5 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport

Australia?s No 1 selling car is now available in a Sports model and we have 5 to give away to some lucky Essential Baby families.

Join PADDINGTON on the red carpet!

To celebrate the release of PADDINGTON, we are giving five lucky winners the chance to win a family pass to the exclusive Australian Premiere in Sydney on December 7!

Knowing you are one of the lucky ones

I am secure, confident and strong, but the responsibility of protecting my children can almost bring me undone.

Why I am so emotional now I have kids?

There are so many ways in which parenthood changes us as women, but one of the most noticeable, for me, has been the changing state of my emotions.

Baby survives despite sharing womb with 'foreign body'

Baby Maia was conceived against the odds, only to find she was sharing a womb with an ominous "foreign body".

Video: Baby shows dog how to jump - or vice versa

They say dog is man's best friend, but this playful pooch seems to have chosen a jumping baby as her number one buddy.

10 ways to soothe a crying baby

New paernts can get frustrated when their newborn gets fussy and can't settle down. When you're feeling overwhelmed, try some of these simple tips to help soothe your baby.

20 baby names that are becoming more popular every year

The data-lovers at nameberry.com have been at it again – this time, they’ve discovered the names that are continually rising up the ranks, ready to take out some top spots in the next few years.

10 great meals to make for new parents

Ideally, you want to give food that isn’t expensive to make, isn't too difficult to create, and freezes well; stews, bakes, soups and pasta sauces are perfect.

'It's not you, it's me': Boston bombing survivor mum to have leg amputated

Rebekah DiMartino is going through a break-up. She even wrote a farewell love letter. But it's not to her husband.

What it's like to go through early menopause

In a cruel twist, Carla had been breastfeeding and perimenopausal at the same time. But she's far from the only one to go through menopause early.

Restaurant served alcohol to two-year-old

Busy restaurants can be forgiven for getting food and drink orders mixed up from time to time, but not when the confusion leads to a two-year-old being served an alcoholic cocktail instead of the child-friendly beverage they ordered.

Julia Morris tells of miscarriage on a flight

Julia Morris has spoken about the devastation of suffering a miscarriage while on an international flight.

Woman's survival after birth 'a story of two miracles'

A US mother is home and tending to her new baby less than a month after surviving without a pulse for 45 minutes.

Eating ice may give mental boost to the iron deficient: study

A new study proposes that, like a strong cup of coffee, ice may give those with insufficient iron a much-needed mental boost.

Tiny lives in caring hands: Thank U NICU Day

Each year in Australia, over 40,000 newborns need the help of a special care nursery or neonatal intensive care unit. One day a year, the staff are honoured by the parents they help through those dark days.

I paid $50,000 to have a girl

This time my husband and I hadn't taken any chances. We had paid $50,000 and travelled 13,000 kilometres to make sure the baby growing inside me was female.

Weird pregnancy products

Some pregnancy products come to market and are just awesome. Others just leave you scratching your head.

Dear firstborn, I'm sorry

Being a first-time mum is tough for so many reasons – particularly because you really have no idea what you're doing.

A trace of sesame could kill my son

Helen Richardson son's had two anaphylactic reactions in a month. It's traumatic for everyone.

When you know before the test says yes

It wasn't a pregnancy test or missed period that told me I was pregnant with my second baby; it was too early for those things. A doner kebab told me I was going to be a mum again.

What not to do when your partner is in labour

Robbie Williams stole the show during his wife Ayda's labour, pretty much demonstrating everything on the "what not to do when your partner is in labour" list.

Best maternity swimwear and beach cover-ups

Thinking about a tropical babymoon but have nothing to wear? Here are some great swimwear and beach cover-up options for mums-to-be.

Dad breastfeeds his babies

Trevor Macdonald has now been pregnant twice, and is successfully breastfeeding his newest family member.

 

How many weeks til Christmas?

On your To-Do list

Get the "Santa" shopping done without the kids in tow.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.