The purpose of doing homework is to foster independence, self-reliance, self-esteem, co-operation, responsibility and life-long learning. It re-enforces what children learn in school, provides a link between teacher and parent and encourages parental involvement in the child’s education.
Homework is meant to be achievable by a child working on their own to the best of their ability. It can be used to practice what is done in school or can be designed to challenge the child’s ability and provide opportunities for creativity. Homework may be modified to accommodate different learning needs.
Sometimes children are given no homework as a treat or as acknowledgement of some special occasion. A ‘Homework Pass’ may also be given to a whole class as per our Behaviour Policy, in recognition of good behaviour by that class. In this instance the class will have earned a certain number of reward stars for their behaviour, and will be given no written homework for that evening.
In general, homework would not be given on Fridays except:
- In senior classes some project work is undertaken at weekends.
- If homework has been neglected during the week.
Homework would normally consist of reading, spellings, tables, written work, maths, drawing/colouring, research, finishing work started in class. Shared reading, ie where a child reads to their parent or listens to their parent read to them, is the most important part of homework and should be completed first while a child is most attentive. Parents can also play an important role in revising items to be learned eg tables or spellings and ensuring the work is done well.
Duration of Homework
Time spent doing homework will vary from day to day and also from the beginning to the end of the school year. The following time allocations are general guidelines:
Recommendations to Parents
- Agree with your child a suitable time for doing homework.
- Provide a working place which is quiet, comfortable and free from distraction.
- Complete shared reading activities first.
- Show a consistent interest in the child’s work.
- Support their child to re-read their written work to help their child correct simple mistakes.
- Check and sign the homework notebook each night.
- If homework is taking excessive time, pupils are advised to work within the recommended timeframes. Parents should write a note to that effect in the homework journal.
- Where homework is consistently a concern, parents are asked to contact the class teacher. Chairperson, Board of Management
- This policy will be reviewed during the school year 2016 – 2017