Primary school blasted for setting homework for 6-year-olds asking them to write about what “pisses them off”

December 9, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Furious parents have blasted a primary school after six-year-old pupils were given homework asking them to write about “what p****s them off”.

Parents Jay McCulley and Jade Dixon  with their son's Layton (4) and Mason (6) (SWMS Group)

Parents Jay McCulley and Jade Dixon with their son’s Layton (4) and Mason (6) (SWMS Group)

Bishop King Primary School, in Lincoln, set the piece of work to their Year 2 class as part of handwriting exercise last Thursday (3/12).

But mums and dads were left fuming when they spotted an instruction on the worksheet their young kids brought home saying: “Handwrite what p****s you off.”

Jay McCulley, 30, and Jade Dixon, 28, said they were gobsmacked when their son Mason McCulley came home from school with the swear word on his exercise sheet.

They also criticised teachers for setting the clearly American piece of work which also told children to write their “favorite number” and “the color of their shirt”.

Another angry parent, who did not wish to be named, said her young daughter even asked her: “Mummy what does p****s mean?”
Today (Wed) Jay, a courier driver from Lincoln, said: “Mason came back last week and luckily I picked out his homework before giving it to him.

“It was shocking. Their teacher Miss Thomson has clearly just printed it off the internet and didn’t even check it through before handing it out because it’s all American.

“I took it straight off him and called up the school the next day.

“You’d have thought a primary school teacher would check through their work before handing it out to six-year-olds.

“The headteacher sent out a letter apologising, but she hasn’t said anything in person.

“All the other parents are outraged. We’re lucky that Mason didn’t see it, but some of their kids have. He’s been asking lots of questions, but we can’t say anything.

“All the parents were at a school play on Tuesday (8/12), but when the headteacher gave a speech at the end she didn’t apologise. That annoyed us all.

“People are pretty outraged. It’s just lazy work from the teacher really.”

The “Handwriting challenge”, which asked kids to write out 25 different tasks, was set to the entire class of 40 to be completed by the following Monday (7/12).

Other bizarre requests ask “Handwrite what pumps you up”, “Handwrite something in cursive”, and “Handwrite your reason for liking Harry Potter or Twilight better”.

They are also asked to write out their favourite artist, all the words to their favourite song and a letter to someone who inspires them.

A letter of apology from the school (SWNS Group)

A letter of apology from the school (SWNS Group)

Full-time mum Jade added: “I think it is disgusting and does not set the children a good example at all.

“I am angry knowing I have to leave my kids there for six hours – it makes you wonder what other mistakes they are making.

“Mason feels it’s all his fault because it was his homework and the school hasn’t even apologised properly.

“Some parents think it’s funny, but most of us are shocked. This is about our kids’ welfare.

“The school are making us feel like we’re the bad parents – they don’t see that we’re protecting our kids.

“It’s not just a silly bit of homework. Twilight is rated a 12, Mason doesn’t even know what Twilight is.”

Another mum, who wished to remain anonymous, added: “My daughter came up to me with the sheet in her hand asking me what the word p****s means.

“I nearly fell off my seat. I am absolutely appalled the teacher could not be bothered to even read the work she was setting them.

“Not only is it teaching them how to swear its teaching them how to spell incorrectly. It is a joke.”

Bishop King Primary School, Lincoln (SWNS Goup)

Bishop King Primary School, Lincoln (SWNS Goup)

In a letter sent out to parents, head teacher Kate Rouse, admitted the school had failed to check the homework before it was sent out.

She said: “It is with deep regret, that a piece of homework was given to the children of Oak class last Thursday in error.

“We acknowledge that this document was not appropriate to be given to the children and I apologise for any distress caused.

“We always endeavour to check all documents, however failed on this occasion.

“We hope you understand this was not intentional and accept our apology.

“If you would like to discuss it further please make an appointment to see me at a convenient time.”

A spokesperson for the school added: “It is a very unfortunate incident and we are very sorry.

“This was not intentional and letters have been sent to parents to explain and apologise.”

Bishop King Primary School, which caters for 358 pupils aged three to 11, was told it required improvement at its last Ofsted inspection in March last year.

It also states that “Skills in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and spelling are not developed in regular pieces of writing.”

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