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Why are there differences from school to school?

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The National Curriculum only sets out what subjects should be taught. It is up to individual schools how these subjects are covered.

For example, your child may learn about the Egyptians or Vikings and this could include bits of history, geography, DT, art and music.

The government also suggests that around 60% of the week is devoted to the core subjects (Maths, English and Science), but that doesn't necessarily mean your child will study science every day.

Schools can also decide when they teach the other foundation subjects - this may be weekly, but they might decide to do Music one term and History in another. As long as the subjects are covered properly and the teacher gets an idea of how your child performs in it, then that's what matters.

How much homework should my child get?

At Key Stages 1 and 2, the government recommends no more than 1 hour per week.

Obviously, if your child really loves a subject that shouldn't stop them doing it more often - especially reading and writing at an early age. However, teachers should be planning homework so that it doesn't overload children.

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Homework doesn't have to involve writing things down. It can be something as simple as a number game to improve arithmetic skills, doing a task by following a set of instructions, reading with a parent or learning specific spellings or multiplication tables.

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