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Homework Policy

This is a synopsis of the school homework policy. The full policy is available from the school on request.

 Why give homework?

To reinforce what the child learns during the day. To provide a link between teacher and parent. To develop a child’s concentration skills and develop a work ethic.

How often is homework given?

Homework is given on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays but not on Fridays. There are two exceptions:

·             If homework has been neglected during the week

·             In senior classes some project work is undertaken at weekends.

Sometimes at the discretion of the class teacher or the principal, children are given “homework off” as a treat or as an acknowledgement of some special occasion.

What is the content of homework?

Ideally homework will contain a balance between reading tasks, learning tasks and written tasks.

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 items to be learned ensuring this work is done well.

How much (time) homework?

The following are guidelines for time spent on 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 10 mins approx.

·             Senior Infants 10 mins approx.

·             1st Class 20 mins approx.

·             2nd Class 20 mins approx.

·             3rd Class 25-30 mins approx.

·             4th Class 30-40 mins approx

·             5th Class 35-45 mins approx.

·             6th Class 45-1 hr approx.

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. Ideally, homework should be done before any television is watched soon after school while your child is still fresh. 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.

How should parents monitor and communicate with the teacher about homework?

Parents should check and sign a child’s homework journal every evening. Please check that your child records their homework neatly in the correct page and ticks each item of homework when completed. If your child cannot do homework due to family circumstances, please use the journal to let the teacher know. If you find that your child is spending too long on their homework or does not understand some aspect of it, ask them to stop and send a note to the class teacher explaining what aspects of the homework caused the child difficulty.

Remember

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