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22/04/2013 at 18:08
i dont post on here much but didn't know where else i might be able to get answers...
J is 4 and half and is in reception, since christmas she has been gettinh term homework rather than weekly. She came home today with a new folder so was having a quick flick through and i am amazed how much harder it is compared to previous ones.
One of the bits she has to do (and this is the one i need an answer to) is to write on her own without help 60 words...and if any are spelt incorrect they don't count.
now surely no 4 year old should be expected to write that many on there own?
Are there any guidlines as to what a reception child should know/be able to do before they go into year 1?
22/04/2013 at 18:16
No a reception teacher, but a teacher with a child in reception. I'm really surprised for independent writing that they are not counting misspelt words. Their writing is emerging. My daughter could probably do the 60 words but there would still be quite a few misspelt words. In fact if you gave this to a year 6 child I am sure some peelings would be wrong.
22/04/2013 at 18:18
Oh I would probably get her to write about an experience she has had recently. A had a cookery lesson during the half term. I got her to write for her teacher what she did. Before she did the actual writing we spoke about/recalled the event.
22/04/2013 at 18:53
Not a reception teacher but I do have a child in reception. 60 sounds a lot! But then over a term, you could do so many per week which would seem more achievable. I think my son would need some guidance. If I asked him for example to think of words binning with t and then a different letter.
22/04/2013 at 19:02
see if it was ust this i wouldnt mind, but she has about 35 other pages of homework to do and i just dont know where i am going to find the time to do it.
22/04/2013 at 19:27
My daughter is in year 2 and incorrect spellings aren't "really" a problem as long as they seem to have written them phonetically. I've noticed they are being corrected more but def she didn't have anything like that in reception - in fact all she had was a reading book and show and tell once a week. 1 thing I have noticed with L's friends all at different schools is how varied the homework given is. Some have none (including no reading books) and some have tonnes!
22/04/2013 at 20:06
I've taught reception a few times & tbh it's more about encouraging children to use their growing phonic ability to attempt to spell words although we obviously encourage them to spell high frequency words (e.g. at, it, the) correctly but it depends on the ability of the child. Either they think your child is a very good writer or they have set a tricky piece of homework. I would talk to their teacher about this
22/04/2013 at 20:12
This is what children are currently expected to be able to achieve by the time they leave reception:
children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which
match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words.
They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others.
Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.
23/04/2013 at 14:30
I am a reception teacher and that sounds harsh! I'm very happy to see words spelt phonetically correct. I'd expect words like me, my, was etc to be spelt correctly.
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