Homework Policy

Definition of Homework
Homework refers to any work or activities assigned to students as an extension of classroom work.

There are four types of homework:
1.     Practice assignments to reinforce\consolidate acquired skills- learning and written
tasks..
2.     Preparation of assignments to help students get ready for future classroom
activities.
3.     Extension assignments such as project work.
4.     Reading


Importance of Homework
Homework is important because it encourages and develops good study habits, independent learning, initiative and responsibility.
It helps students to develop the confidence and self-discipline needed to study on their own, and it prepares them for secondary school.
It also promotes positive attitudes toward school because homework allows students to understand that learning can also take place outside of the classroom. Homework also provides a means by which parents can engage in and support the work of the class teacher and the school.

Roles:
The Principal will
·        Communicate the homework policy to parents
·        Support teachers in the implementation of the policy

Role of the Teacher

  • Administering homework based on the recommended homework policy
  • Providing students with time to note the assignments in their diary
  • Explaining how the assignment might be carried out
  • Pitching difficulty level of homework to the needs of the class
  • Consulting with the Learning Support Teachers regarding needs of children availing of support.
  • Praising the student for completing assignments
  • Correcting assignments or monitoring children’s checking of assignments
  • Providing feedback and help if necessary

Role of the Student
Students are expected to:
·        Write assignments clearly and neatly in their diary on a daily basis
·        Show their diary to parents and have it signed.
·        Complete all assignments neatly and honestly
·        Work independently and ask for help only when needed
·        Read independently (or with a family member) on a daily basis

Role of the Parent 
Parents are encouraged to:
·        Plan a homework schedule and a place free from interruptions for the child
·        Assist the child if necessary but not by doing the homework for the child
·        Check that all homework has been completed and sign the homework diary
·        Encourage the student and praise them when they have completed assignments
·        Encourage reading – either paired or independent.

Communicate with teacher if the child encounters difficulty, has spend an undue time at homework or cannot complete work due to special circumstances.

Frequency and Duration of Homework 

 It is a matter of school policy that individual teachers decide on the amount of homework which they consider appropriate. However, the following samples are guidelines on what parents can expect each evening.

Infant Classes
Time : up to 10 minutes
Examples of Content:   
Oral Homework
Talk about the pictures, sentences and rhymes
Urging children to use full sentences in response to questions
Revise words, work sheets
Reading
Occasional Worksheet in Senior Infants

First and Second Classes
Time:   1st Class    up to 15 minutes
2nd Class up to 25 minutes

Contents:         
Tables, Spelling
English and Irish Reading
Mathematics and English Written work
Religion

Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Classes
Time:  3rd and 4th Classes   up to 40 minutes
5th and 6th Classes    up to 60 minutes
Contents:
Tables, Irish and English Spelling
Irish and English Reading
Written work in Mathematics, English and Irish
Revision of History, Geography, S.P.H.E., Religion
Project Work (Occasionally)

No child is expected to spend more time than the upper limit on the guidelines.