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my 9y old has been given some really difficult homework recently. stuff i would have trouble writing, and i have had to help her a lot with it, almost to the point of writing it!
"talking homework" to prepare for writing in school- "GM food is a good thing, discuss"
writing homework- "Deforestation is destroying the earth. Present a balanced argument"
this week, "The national anthem should be changed, discuss"
OK, so she is in the top set and does lit with the year 6s, but apart from the fact they havent covered these topics in school (she didnt know what GM food or deforestation were) they havent really been given any guidance on how to write a "discussion", its certainly something i usually struggle with. The homework seems march harder this year, i am sure it is due to the teacher, last years teacher might set difficult stuff but would send home guidance on how to help with it.
oh, and try fitting in doing the homework with all the other kiddies activities and christmas stuff going on