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Homework Policy

Rationale:

  • To reinforce what the child learns during the day.
  • To provide a link between teacher and parent.
  • To develop a child’s concentration skills.
  • To promote good work habits.
  • To enable the child to work independently.
  • Homework is meant to be achievable by a child, that is, it provides an opportunity to practice work similar to that already done. It is normally prepared by the teacher in class. However, in some cases the homework is prepared and corrected by the pupil’s Resource Teacher.
  • Children are expected to do their homework to the best of their individual ability – no more, no less.

Remember

    If homework is a stressful experience between parent and child, something is wrong! This leads to poor learning, and defeats the whole purpose of the homework. Should this happen on a regular basis, please contact the class teacher for advice.

    When should homework be done?

      • Each family situation is different - both parents working, child minders, etc. Ideally, homework should be done soon after school. However, some children need a break before starting homework. Homework should never be left until the morning time, before school.

      When should parents communicate with the teachers about homework?

        • When the child cannot do homework due to family circumstances.
        • When the child cannot do homework because he cannot understand some aspect of it.
        • If the time spent at homework is regularly longer than the recommended amount of time.

        How often do teachers monitor homework?

          • Ideally, teachers like to check homework on a daily basis. However, with large class numbers, it is not always possible to check each child’s homework journal every day.
          • As children get older and learn to work independently, some items of homework are checked less often e.g. every second day, or once per week.
          • Some items of homework (and classwork) may be checked by children themselves under the direction of the teacher. This can be a useful part of the learning process for children.

          How often should parents monitor homework?

            • Parents should check and sign a child’s homework journal every evening.
            • The pupil’s journal is an important record of the child’s homework. It is also a valuable means of communication between parents and teachers.
            • Ideally, all messages to your child’s teacher regarding homework  should be put in the homework journal.
            • Please check that your child ticks each item of homework when completed.

            How much help should parents give?

              • Parents should try to help their children with homework by:
                • providing them with a suitable place and time to do their homework.
                • preventing interruptions or distractions, like television or other children.
                • encouraging neatness in presentation.
              • Children should do written homework themselves and parents should only help when the child has difficulty.
              • If a child has difficulty with homework, the parents should help the child to overcome the difficulty with further explanation or examples, but not by actually doing the homework for the child. In such a case the parent should also write a note to the teacher explaining the problem and allow the pupil to bring in their attempted homework.

              The following are general guidelines only:

                Junior Infants up to 20 minutes

                Senior Infants up to 20 minutes

                Rang 1 Up to 30 minutes

                Rang 2 Up to 30 minutes

                Rang 3 Up to 40 minutes

                Rang 4 Up to 50 minutes

                Rang 5 Up to 1 hour

                Rang 6 Up to 1 hour 15 minutes

                How long should homework take to do?

                  The following are guidelines for time spent at homework. Different children will complete the same homework in different lengths of time.  Time spent will vary from day to day, and also from the beginning to the end of the school year. It is important to remember that it is the quality and not the quantity of homework that matters.

                  The following are general guidelines only:
                  Junior Infants up to 20 minutes
                  Senior Infants up to 20 minutes
                  Rang 1 Up to 30 minutes
                  Rang 2 Up to 30 minutes
                  Rang 3 Up to 40 minutes
                  Rang 4 Up to 50 minutes
                  Rang 5 Up to 1 hour
                  Rang 6 Up to 1 hour 15 minutes

                   

                  How often is homework given?

                    • Homework is assigned on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, but not on Fridays. Pupils are rewarded on the last Thursday of each month by being given homework off. This is at the discretion of the class teacher.

                    What is the content of homework?

                      • Ideally, homework will contain a balance between reading tasks, learning tasks and written tasks.
                      • This balance is not always possible and can vary considerably from day to day. However, it should be noted that homework time devoted to reading and learning is as important as written work.
                      • Homework will regularly contain reading, spellings, tables, written work, pieces to be “learned by heart”, drawing/colouring, collecting information/items and finishing work started in class.
                      • Children often feel that reading and “learning by heart” is not real homework. Parents can play an important role in listening to reading and to items to be learned, ensuring this work is done well.

                      Roles and Responsibilities:

                      This policy is an adaptation of the previous homework Policy which was formulated in 2004 and reviewed in 2008.

                      All teachers are responsible for its implementation and this policy will be subject to review.