Homework Policy

1. AIMS:
1. Consolidation of work done in class.
2. To cultivate the habit of private study.
3. To keep parents in touch with and involved in their children’s schoolwork.

2. OBJECTIVES:
1. It can help pupils to make more rapid progress in learning.
2. It can allow pupils to develop the practice of working on their own without the constant presence of the teacher or other pupils on the one hand and the external discipline of the timetable, bells etc., on the other. This way of working is vital at the later stages of secondary education and after.
3. Work at home can provide the quiet and private conditions needed for creative and thoughtful work of all kinds.
4. It can allow valuable practice of skills learned in the classroom.
5. It can allow pupils to use materials and other sources of information that are not always available in the classroom.
6. It can involve parents and others in the pupils’ work for their external benefit.
7. It can give opportunities for long-term research and other work.
8. It can form an important part of the pupil’s notes.
9. This gives pupils valuable experience of working to deadlines and facilitates staff with their making schedules.
10. It forms a link with the methods of study crucial to success at second level school.

3. PROCEDURES:
1. Homework will be an integral part of the subject being taught and given in order to consolidate work done in class – not as an exercise in isolation.
2. Homework will be given only when the teacher has thoroughly explained the work to be done.
3. Parents are encouraged to supervise children’s homework, check it and ensure that it is neat and tidy. They should then sign their homework journals when the homework is completed.
4. Teachers will check that the homework is being done and give extra help where difficulties occur.
5. Time spent on homework in the junior Classes will be minimal.
6. Homework for 3rd/4th classes should normally take no longer than 45 minutes.
7. Homework for 5th /6th classes should not normally take more than 1hr 30 minutes.
8. Homework will not be given at weekends except on occasions when a teacher considers that an individual – or individuals – may deserve it.
9. The Learning Support teacher sets homework for the children in her own groups.

Each homework may involve the following:
Reading/writing/spelling. In the early years reading books are taken home as a matter of course. Pupils ‘read’ at home and/or practice key words or sounds with their family. Weekly spellings can be given and possibly number bonds or tables. Parents routinely complete a sheet, which clearly informs the teacher of the pupil’s achievements.
Carrying out a project. This may involve research, collection of information for an individual or group project.

Observing/recording.
Making a model to exemplify an item of work. This often involves the whole family in the discussion, e.g. a musical instrument, circuit games, digestive system. Materials are either provided or involve the use of ‘household junk’ items. The majority of pupils thoroughly enjoy this type of challenge and commit more than one hour to the task.
The task selected by the class teacher is commensurate with the ability of the pupils.

4. RECOMMENDATIONS:
1. Set aside a quiet regular time.
2. The child should be sitting comfortably at a table.
3. Homework time should include time for oral as well as written work. Oral work, particularly in the early stages of schooling, can consolidate that which is learned through the media of Irish and English.
4. Encourage your child to keep books and copies clean and tidy.
5. If your child is working independently – be available to help and show interest in what is being done. Praise your child’s efforts at every opportunity.
6. If, when working with your child, you feel yourself becoming impatient – stop – don’t bully or threaten – this will only have a negative effect.
7. If your child is persistently having problems with homework contact the teacher and discuss the difficulties.
8. If, for any reason, the homework cannot be done, let the teacher know.
9. Sign their homework journal.

5. RESOURCES:
• Homework Journal for each pupil.
• Blackboard, textbooks etc.

6. EVALUATION:
• Correction daily.
• Discussion at Parent Teacher Meetings.
• Tests assigned to ascertain if homework is achieving its objectives. Much debate has taken place in recent years on the effects of television on young children. Parents are often concerned about how much viewing time should be allowed. The reality is that most children watch T.V. and in moderation this is not a bad thing. Children can learn a lot and language can be enhanced through television. Don’t allow them to watch unsuitable material. Children in senior classes should be aware of what is happening in the world – encourage them to watch and talk about news items. This will add to their general knowledge and command of language. Do not allow children to watch television while doing homework.

HOMEWORK POLICY
JUNIOR INFANTS
AIMS:
1. To indicate to the parents the type of class-work being done, and as the children’s parents are the primary educators, to ensure continuing parental involvement in the child’s early education.

2. To encourage liaison between the parents, the teacher and the school.

3. The overall aim is to develop within the child an awareness that homework will be part of their education and school life.

POLICY:
1. In Junior Infant classes teachers do not give children formal homework.

2. Parents are encouraged to develop the child’s vocabulary by informal conversation and storytelling.

3. Children’s books are sent home once a month so parents can see the child’s progress.

ENGLISH:
Reading
Flash cards are sent home so that parents can help the children with the words. When the children know all the words parents are encouraged to listen to their reading every night.

HEALTH EDUCATION:
The children complete the home link pages at home with the help of the parents.

RELIGION:
Parents are encouraged to discuss the current lesson in their Alive-O book and revise classroom prayers.

HOMEWORK POLICY
SENIOR INFANTS

AIMS:
1. To make parents aware of the work being done in class.

2. To reinforce class work.

ENGLISH:
Reading
Each child receives a page of reading and proceeds according to her ability. Each child has to learn the new words in her reader.

Spellings
Later in the year each child learns 3-4 spellings per week.

HEALTH EDUCATION:
First Steps
The children complete the home link pages at home.

RELIGION:
Parents discuss each lesson with his/her child in the Alive-O book and revise class prayers.

HOMEWORK POLICY
FIRST CLASS

AIMS:
1. Homework given in First Class is a reflection of the work children do in the classroom. It is hoped that parents will see what their children are doing at school and will be able to take an active role in their children’s education.

2. Homework aims to reinforce what has been covered in the classroom.

3. A further aim of homework in First Class is that it would encourage children to work independently and would act the foundation for study skills they will need in later years.

DESCRIPTION OF HOMEWORK:
1. First Class will be required to do approximately one half-hour homework each night.

2. This consists of English and Irish reading and spellings. Tables and written work in either Maths or English and also Religion.

3. No written homework at weekend.

4. Children are encouraged to do Library reading as often as possible.

HOMEWORK POLICY
SECOND CLASS

MONDAY TO THURSDAY HOMEWORK
1. Irish and English reading every night.
2. Spellings every night.
3. Tables every night.
4. Maths or written homework each night.

FRIDAY NIGHT HOMEWORK

1. No homework Friday to Monday – library reading encouraged.
2. English reading at the weekend.

HOMEWORK POLICY
THIRD CLASS
AIMS:
1. Continuity and reinforcement of class work.

2. It can help form a liaison between school and home.

3. The discipline involved in doing homework prepares them for study techniques required at Secondary Level.

EVERY NIGHT:
1. Irish and English Spellings.

2. Irish and English Reading.

3. Tables and Maths.

4. Religion either oral or written.

5. Written work based on class work.

WEEKENDS:
1. No written work at week-ends.

2. Research and Revision.

HOMEWORK POLICY
FOURTH CLASS
AIMS:
1. To consolidate the day’s work.

2. To help the children develop good study habits.

ORAL WORK:
1. Spellings, Tables, Reading and oral-work related to other subject areas e.g. Comhra Gaeilge.

WRITTEN WORK:
1. Mathematics.

2. One other piece of written work e.g. English.

WEEKEND HOMEWORK:

1. Encourage Library Reading.

2. No written work as outlined in the School Rules.

HOMEWORK POLICY
FIFTH & SIXTH CLASSES

1. No homework at Weekends.

2. One hour to one-and-a-half hours each night Monday to Thursday.

3. Irish Reading and Spellings, English Reading and Spellings and Mathematics every night for Fifth and Sixth Classes.

4. Irish/English Written work – one of each nightly sometimes both.

5. Tables – nightly for Fifth and Sixth Classes.

6. Religion – twice weekly.

7. History/Geography/Science/SPHE – once a week each.

All agreed that children vary in ability and circumstance regarding homework. Therefore, time limits could be helpful, provided children are giving that time with concentration, without distraction(s).