Homework is an extension of the school day and must always comprise of concepts learnt during the school day.  Homework must be well planned and is not a means of simply keeping the pupils busy in the afternoons.



• It helps pupils practise skills that they have not yet fully learnt.

• It helps pupils review skills that they have learnt in school.

• It gives pupils the chance to finish tasks they could not get done in school.

• It helps pupils to learn and grow.



Foundation Phase

Grade 1 – 30 minutes per day – broken down as follows –

15 minutes - Written activity

Short break

15 minutes - Reading practice


Grade 2 - 35 minutes per day – broken down as follows –

10 minutes – Spelling

10 minutes – Numeracy / Literacy written activity

Short Break

15 minutes - Reading practice


Grade 3 - 45 minutes per day – broken down as follows –

10 minutes – Spelling & Bonds

15 minutes – Numeracy /Literacy written activity

Short break 

10 minutes – Reading practice

10 minutes – Instamaths / Tables study


• Homework will be given to learners four days a week from Monday to Thursday.

• Reading is to be done daily.

• Literacy & Numeracy homework will be alternated.

• All pupils are unique; allow them to progress at their own pace, never forgetting to praise them for their efforts. Options will be given to those grade 2 & 3 pupils wanting to extend themselves – only if time allows.


Intermediate & Senior Phase

Grade 4 – 50 minutes per day

Grade 5 –  1 hour per day

Grade 6 -  1 hour and 15 minutes per day

Grade 7 – 1 hour and 30 minutes per day


• The above time allocation serves as a guideline as to how much time your Senior Primary Phase pupil should be spending on written homework each day.  These times would obviously increase during Formal Testing periods.

• Pupils should be encouraged to read if they have no written work to do. All pupils should have an English reader. 



• Homework should be manageable and meaningful and not given as a punishment.

• Homework will not be given over weekends, public holidays or during the midterm break, unless given well in advance.

• No homework or tests will be given for the day after a school sporting fixture (gala, athletics, Interhouse Sports, etc.) unless the homework was given well in advance.

• If a pupil has been absent, it is the pupil’s responsibility to ensure he/she acquaints him/herself with what has been done and to get it up to date.

• Work that was completed by most of the pupils in class may be given to a pupil to complete for homework.

• Pupils are to complete their own homework. Parents can assist where necessary by giving guidance, but no written work is to be completed by anyone other than the pupil him/herself.

• Homework should be done in the same place every day.  Make sure it is a quiet, uncluttered place, and that the TV is off.

• Pupils should eat a light snack before doing homework.

• The hardest work should be done first.

• Short breaks should be taken during homework time.



• At the beginning of each year pupils, Grade 2-7, will be issued with a homework diary for the purpose of recording their homework daily.

• Parents/guardians are to sign the diary every day.

• Pupils attending any after school centre need to have their homework checked and signed by a parent or guardian.




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