What follows is some information
for parents about our Homework Policy. The full policy document
is available on request from the school office. The purpose
of this information is to give guidance to you, the parents,
as to how you can work in partnership with the school to ensure
your child gets the full benefit of homework set.
Types Of Homework
a Homework Environment
There are several good reasons
for giving homework:
homework can allow practice, reinforcement
and consolidation of aspects such as language activities,
number facts, tables and paired reading
homework can sometimes be considered
as preparation for future class work. Children might be
asked to learn some spelling words, carry out some research
or read an article in a newspaper in advance of work to
be carried out in the class
the completion of homework can encourage
good habits of self-discipline and responsibility. It can
help children to form good working habits such as working
independently and planning their time. This is perhaps most
important in primary 6/7 classes where the giving of regular
homework can also be regarded as a preparation for homework
in secondary school
homework can provide opportunities
for parents to have some involvement and information on
aspects of their children's school work
homework can be given to allow children
to catch up on class work which they have missed perhaps
because of absence or lack of effort during class time
- in some cases the giving of homework
can be used effectively as a form of punishment eg a letter
of apology. In such cases, punishment homework should relate
to the 'offence' and the giving of, say, maths exercises as
a response to playground misbehaviour should be avoided
Although the types of homework
given will necessarily be different in different classes there
must be a consistency of approach throughout the school. Homework
can be given in any of the following formats:
oral homework eg interviewing parents
practice exercises eg tables, 'sums',
learning spelling words
reading practice or preparation and
written homework such us the completion
of reading comprehension sheets or Maths sheets
finding out eg watching a TV programme
or reading a newspaper
special assignments eg completing a
questionnaire with parents or gathering 'artefacts' for
a class project or working on a personal project
unfinished class work of various types
which can be completed independently
Allocation and Frequency
After the children have settled
in Primary 1, and on into Primary 2, reading homework should
be given 4 or 5 nights. The maximum time spent should be about
15 minutes per night.
Between Primary 3 and Primary
5, the maximum time spent on homework should be about 20 minutes
each night on at least 3 nights per week. This can take any
of the forms mentioned above but reading should continue to
be part of the programme.
By the time children reach
Primary 6 and 7, a maximum of 30 minutes per night on at least
3 nights per week is expected. By this stage, homework may still
be given on a day- to - day basis or it may be set on a Monday
for completion by the end of the week. This will encourage responsibility
and organisational skills as the two years progress.
Parents will be asked to inform
the class teacher if homework is taking significantly longer
than the maximum times mentioned above.
homework has to be done, and it must
be worthwhile. The results must be neat and well presented.
Always insist on neat presentation and do not accept 'shoddy'
work from your child.
homework should be written in pencil,
unless otherwise instructed by the teacher.
please feel free to comment on your child's work. It encourages
please be positive about your child's
try to lessen the pressure on children,
in certain cases, and know that it is fine to stop before
too much upset is caused. If there is a problem, let us
homework is set for 'normal' weeks.
Often other activities eg performances, sports activities,
end of term activites, overtake the normal day to day work.
In such instances the usual approach to homework will not
be followed. Please help your child to understand this.
please inform the class teacher if
homework is taking significantly longer than the maximum
time mentioned below or if the child is struggling with
our school approach to homework will
only be successful if we elicit your assistance and support.
a brief guide to the use of the homework
jotter will be attached to its inside cover.
a Homework Environment
You know your child better
than anyone else, so please help them to find their own quiet
place to do their homework. Some prefer the quiet of their bedroom
or a dining room, others work better in the 'buzz' of the kitchen.
Wherever it is, the child should be free from distractions like
television. Please monitor and support your child's homework.
Staff will give comment and feedback on homework and it will
be marked regularly.