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.
1. REASONS FOR GIVING HOMEWORK
• 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.
2. TIME ALLOCATION
Grade 1 – 30 minutes per day – broken down as follows –
15 minutes - Written activity
15 minutes - Reading practice
Grade 2 - 35 minutes per day – broken down as follows –
10 minutes – Spelling
10 minutes – Numeracy / Literacy written activity
15 minutes - Reading practice
Grade 3 - 45 minutes per day – broken down as follows –
10 minutes – Spelling & Bonds
15 minutes – Numeracy /Literacy written activity
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.
4. HOMEWORK DIARIES
• 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.