Homework Policy

Homework is an integral link in the chain of communication between school and home. We as an Educate Together School value the importance of a link with the home and parents/guardians. Parents/guardians can be involved in, assist and monitor the progress of their children through continual reference to homework diaries, homework and liaison with teachers. Through this policy we hope to strengthen positive home-school links through streamlining the processes involved. The homework policy of Newbridge Educate Together School has been formulated by staff, with parental input, and endorsed by the board of management.

Rationale

The need to redraft and amend the homework policy of the school can be attributed to the following:-

  • Further strengthening of home-school links
  • Reinforcing the learning experienced by the child during the school day
  • Ensuring clarity as to the recommended time to be spent on homework.

Relationship to School Ethos

It is the policy of the school to identify all the needs of the pupil and put in place measures to adequately cater for their needs.
The school also encourages the active involvement of parents/guardians working with their children and also in enabling their child to take responsibility and work independently.
We understand that in the one-on-one communication at home, talking, listening, reasoning and questioning can be enriching for the child.
The homework policy of the school facilitates these ideals.

Aims and Objectives

The primary objectives of the policy are:-

  • To promote consistency and a uniform approach to homework across all classes
  • To enable the children develop a sense of responsibility and independence
  • To enhance self-esteem through the provision of a work menu that is doable
  • To foster self-discipline and study skills
  • To further develop links between home and school.

Resources

Homework Diary
Whiteboard
Work sheets, textbooks, folders, exercise copies
I.C.T.
Pencil/pen
Eraser
Ruler
Colouring Pencils etc.

Policy Content

It is school policy to assign appropriate levels of homework as an important reinforcement in the learning process, taking into consideration children’s individual needs and strengths. Good study habits are fostered, independent learning is promoted and self-discipline is developed. Homework is normally given at the end of the school day. The following are the maximum allocations for our school:

Junior Infants:- No formal homework
Occasionally, child friendly tasks are issued and it is recommended that parents read to and with their children on a regular basis.

Senior Infants:- 0-15 minutes
Reading and/or occasional worksheets, writing a sentence. The school attempts to maintain a balance between oral, reading and written work. Paired reading is encouraged in infant classes.

First Class:- 0-20 minutes
Reading, sentences, worksheet, sums, spellings and tables.

Second Class:- 0-30 minutes
Reading, maths, sentences, worksheets, spellings and tables.

Third Class:- 0-45 minutes
Reading, maths, sentences, topical work, spellings and tables.

Fourth Class:- 1 hour
Maths, reading, oral, Gaeilge, sentences, topical work, spellings and tables.

Fifth Class:- 1 hour 15 minutes
Maths, Gaeilge, English, miscellaneous, spellings and tables.

Sixth Class:- 1 hour 30 minutes
Maths, English, Gaeilge, topical work, spellings and tables.

  • A mixture of the above homework types may be given and occasionally other work, e.g. working on a project, may be given.
  • Homework is generally based on class-related work or work already covered in class. It should contain a balance between reading, learning and writing. Time devoted to reading and learning is as important as written work.
  • The assigned homework is explained to children in advance. The different levels of pupils is also taken into account.
  • Homework is given from Mondays to Thursdays and generally is not given at weekends unless exceptional circumstances such as projects, book week occur.
  • Homework is not linked to behaviour but occasionally child/ren are rewarded with reduced homework if they have worked/behaved well.
  • Special homework may be given to a child with learning difficulties/special needs. This homework is to be completed before the class teacher’s homework.
  • Reading is routinely given as homework and should be accorded priority consideration.
  • If homework causes stress and worry to the child, parents/guardians are encouraged to convey these anxieties to the class teacher. If homework cannot be completed on a particular night, parents are asked to forward a written note. If no note is given, the child will be required to stay in at break to complete work.
  • Some homework may be self-correcting.   Parents/guardians are advised to supervise and check homework nightly.
  • All children from first class upwards have a homework diary which parents/guardians are required to sign. The homework diary acts as a means of communication between class teacher and parent/guardian.
  • “Homework off” may be given at a teacher’s discretion. In general, all school homework will encompass a wide spectrum of learning experiences such as reading, colouring and finishing class work.