Homework fosters independence, self-esteem, co-operation and responsibility and life long learning. It is an essential part of primary education as it re-enforces what children learn in school. It provides a link between teacher and parent and encourages parental involvement in their child’s education.
In general, homework is meant to be achievable by a child working on their own to the best of their ability. It is normally prepared by the teacher in class. It can be used to practice what is done in school or can be designed to challenge children’s ability and provide opportunities for creativity.
How is homework given?
Homework is given on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays but not on Fridays. Sometimes at the discretion of the class teacher or the principal, children are given ‘homework off’ as a treat or as acknowledgement of some special occasion.
Usually, homework contains a balance between reading tasks, learning tasks and written tasks. This balance is not always possible and can vary considerably from day to day. However, it should be noted that homework time devoted to reading and learning is as important as written work. Homework will regularly contain reading, spellings, tables, written work, pieces to be ‘learned by heart’, drawing/colouring, collecting information/items finishing work started in class and researching information on the internet to support work done in class. Children often feel that reading and ‘learning by heart’ is items to be learned, ensuring this work is done well. Differentiation is applied to homework for children with S.E.N. as deemed appropriate by the class teacher.
Duration of Homework
The following are guidelines for time spent at homework. Different children will complete the same homework in different lengths of time. Time spent will vary from day to day and also from the beginning to the end of the school year. It is important to remember that it is the quality and not the quantity of homework that matters. The following are general guidelines.
Infants 0 – 20 minutes
Rang 1 agus 2 20 – 30 minutes
Rang 3 agus 4 30 – 40 minutes
Rang 5 agus 6 50 – 60 minutes
- Enter homework accurately in homework diary as required during school day. Children with Special Education Needs may use Lap-tops and memory sticks to record and present homework.
- Ensure they take home relevant books and copies.
- Complete homework assignments to the best of their ability.
- Present written work neatly.
Parents/ Guardians should:
- Encourage a positive attitude towards homework in all subjects from an early age.
- Encourage children to work independently as far as possible. Resist helping to an excessive degree.
- Encourage children to organise themselves for homework. Have all books and materials to hand. The pupil should have the Homework Journal open to tick off work as it is completed.
- Agree a suitable time for doing homework, taking into account the age of child, the need for playtime, relaxation and family time.
- We would encourage parents to take an active interest in their child’s homework.
- Providing a quiet place, suitable work surface, free from distractions, interruptions and television.
- Encourage good presentation and neatness within a reasonable time.
- Sign the homework diary checking that all homework is complete.
- Check that the child has all necessary books, homework journal, copies, pencils, mathematical equipment, dictionary, P.E. clothes, if needed for the next school day.
- Communicate any difficulties to the teacher using the homework journal.
Set homework, review assignments and provide feedback to students.
Monitor homework to help identify special difficulties.
How often do teachers monitor homework?
Ideally, teachers check homework on a daily basis. However, with large class numbers, it is not always possible to check each child’s 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 a week. Some items of homework (and class work) may be checked by children themselves, under the direction of the teacher. This can be a useful part of the learning process for children as it promotes responsibility and self-esteem.
What happens when Homework is not done?
When homework is not done, the class teacher re-assigns that work to be done the following night.