Scoil an Chlochair
Convent Primary School
- Homework acts as a form of communication between school and home.
- It allows parents/guardians to see how their child is progressing in school and what material is being covered.
- It is helpful to revise/reinforce work done in school for the child.
- Helps the child to become an independent learner.
The purpose of this policy is to standardise the setting of homework in order that parents/guardians, pupils and teachers can work together to maximise the pupil’s learning.
- All Mainstream classes receive homework.
- Teachers at Convent Primary School strive for a balance between oral, reading and written work.
- Provision/differentiation is made for pupils with Special Educational Needs. Where pupils are receiving additional support from a member of the S.E.N. team, the class teacher and Learning Support/Resource/E.A.L teacher will collaborate in relation to the nature and type of homework the child is to receive. Homework should not exceed the times indicated.
- Homework is, for the most part, a reinforcement of work done in class.
- Homework is set from Monday to Thursday inclusive; pupils are not normally given homework over the weekend. Sometimes at the discretion of the Class teacher or Principal, children are given “homework off” as a treat, a prize or as acknowledgement of some special occasion.
- Pupils are required to record their homework in a special notebook.
- Where a teacher deems it necessary, parents/guardians may be asked to sign their child’s homework notebook.
- Where homework is not completed, parents are requested to give a written explanation as to why this is the case. If a note is not provided, parents will be notified in the homework diary and asked to sign same. The work will be expected to be completed for the next day.
- All teachers will regularly check homework.
- Unsatisfactory homework will be brought to the attention of the pupil and where necessary, the parents/guardians of the child.
- The Homework Policy will be distributed to all new pupils upon enrolment.
Responsibilities of Teacher
- Ideally teachers like to check homework and homework journal on a daily basis. However, with large class numbers it is not always possible to check each child’s homework and homework journal every day.
- As children get older and learn to work independently, some items of homework are checked less often, e.g. every second day or once per week.
- Some items of homework (and classwork) may be checked by children themselves under the direction of the teacher. This can be a useful part of the learning process for children.
Responsibilities of Pupils
- Pupils are expected to write down/record their homework correctly and to ensure that they have brought home the correct books and materials in order to complete it.
- If a pupil is having difficulty with their homework, it should be brought to the teachers attention by the pupil and/or their parents/guardians.
Homework ‘Tips’ for Parents and Guardians
- Agree on a set time for homework with your child.
- Be consistent – discuss, monitor and check homework every night where possible.
- Make sure that your child is sitting comfortably at a table while working.
- Homework should ideally be done in a place that is free from distractions and should be in a place where there is no access to media such as televisions, mobile phones or iPads.
- Homework time should include time for oral as well as written work. Oral work, particularly in the early stages of your child’s school life, can consolidate that which is learned in both Irish, English and Mathematics.
- Your child should be encouraged to complete their homework, working as independently as possible.
- Try to avoid confrontations with your child over homework. Encouragement can be more helpful.
- Allow your child to make mistakes, but encourage them to find their own mistakes and correct them. It is good for them to see that making mistakes is a part of life.
- If your child is having genuine difficulty, try to help them but don’t exceed the allotted time (see ‘Guidelines’). Make contact with your child’s teacher explaining the specific difficulty if possible.
- Acknowledge and respect your child’s efforts, honesty and enthusiasm in doing their homework.
Guidelines for Time to be Spent on Homework
1st and 2nd class: Up to 30 minutes
3rd and 4th class: 40 – 50 minutes
5th and 6th class: Up to 75 minutes
Parents and Guardians should note that the above guidelines are approximate.
This policy will be deemed successful if:
- Homework is appropriate to class level and individual child’s ability.
- Satisfactory presentation of homework is completed by pupils.
- Policy is evaluated and reviewed periodically by the school staff.
Roles and Responsibilities
Class teachers, pupils, principal, parents and guardians will, in co-operation with each other, be responsible for the implementation of this policy.
To be agreed after consultation with staff and parents and after presentation to the Board of Management of Convent Primary School.
Timetable for Review
This policy is to be reviewed in 2020.
Ratification and Communication
This policy review was completed by Anne Murphy, Robert Ruane, Katie Murphy, Eavan O’Sullivan and Nóirín Murphy in October 2016. The policy was discussed at the In School Management meeting on 4/10/2017 and reviewed by Maureen Walsh, Anne Murphy and Ann Cronin. It was circulated to teaching staff in Nov. 2017.
Presentation to Board of Management for discussion in November 2017.
Ratified by the Board of Management on: 27th November 2017
Signature of Chairperson, BOM: Fr. Michael Lomasney
Downloadable File: Homework Policy