Homework Policy

Introductory Statement

The Homework Policy was reviewed by the Staff of the Convent Primary School in  2012.

Rationale:

It was revamped as the existing policy was due for review.

Relationship to characteristic spirit of the school:

Our school seeks to enable each child to develop his/her potential.  Homework encourages pupils to work independently and take responsibility for their assignments.

Aims

  • To benefit pupil learning;
  • To reinforce work done in class;
  • To develop study skills;
  • To promote a similar approach to homework across all classes;
  • To strengthen links between home and school;

Content of Policy

  • All classes receive homework;
  • Provision is made for pupils with special needs;
  • We strive for a balance between oral, reading and written work. Emphasis in Junior will be on oral work.
  • Homework is for the most part a reinforcement of the work done in class;
  • Homework is  written up on Blackboard/Whiteboard (1st – 6th classes)

Classes from 1st– 6th have a Homework Journal. Teachers sometimes check the Homework Journals; In infant class pupils have a homework folder.

  • Homework is given from Monday to Thursday inclusive;
  • For Non Completion of Homework work may be given again at  the teacher’s discretion

General Guidelines:

Junior Infants :         5 – 10 mins. Long school day/lots of work already done in class covering curriculum.

Senior Infants :        5- 20 mins

1st /2nd classes :     20 – 30 mins

3rd/4th classes:             ¾hour  

5th/6th classes:            1 hour

 

1. Each pupil  has the responsibility to present and complete his/her homework in a neat   

    fashion.

2. Stickers/comments/praise from teacher are given for good work.

3. Each pupil is encouraged to attempt all homework even if he/she is having difficulties.

The teacher reassures that these difficulties will be taken into account.  The parent  may wish to write  a note to the teacher explaining that a difficulty arose with the homework.  Parent should write a note for incomplete homework.

4. If there is a pattern of non completion of homework parents should be contacted.

5. At Infant level if homework is not done the assignment is completed at teachers own  

   discretion.

6. Extra Homework/activity work  sheets may also be used as a sanction.

7. Oral  Homework i.e. spellings, tables, reading, questions learning off  is a very important part of homework.

Guidelines for Parents

Parents should ensure that children complete the work outlined by –

  • Helping the child to understand the assignment if necessary but never actually doing the work for the child;
  • Listening to : - formal reading, spelling, learning, tables, poetry, prayers;
  • Checking that homework has been completed;
  • Encouraging neat work;
  • The teacher or Principal should be informed if the child has a problem with any aspect of homework;

Success Criteria

Identify some practical indicators of the success of the policy.

· Feedback from teachers, pupils, parents;

· Satisfactory homework exercises and assignments submitted by pupils;

Role and Responsibility

Class teacher, Learning Support  Teacher, Pupil, Principal, Resource Teacher , Language  Teacher, Parent/Guardian. 

Implementation Date

These procedures are already in place.

Timetable for Review

Review in September  2014.

 

 

 

 

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