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School Homework Policy

HOMEWORK / OBAIR BHAILE


General Aims:
To revise and consolidate work done in class.
To train the children in habits of personal effort and subsequent independent work.
To actively involve parents in the education of their children.

Objectives:
The following are some of the features that have been identified of using homework effectively as an educational tool:
Homework should be part of a carefully devised learning process
Homework should have a purpose
It should be suited to the capabilities of the pupils, children should be capable of tackling the homework set independently
Homework should be part of the school plan with consistent policy applying throughout the school
It should be properly explained to the pupils in advance
It should be checked by the teacher and feedback given.
Personal effort should count for more than perfection of results
Parents should be fully aware of the school homework policy and how they can assist.

Scoil Mhuire’s Homework Guidelines:

The teaching staff of Scoil Mhuire, having taken into account the features of effective homework have discussed the amount and type of homework that may be given to each class level. This has been done with a view to an
approximate/ maximum time allocation for each class. Parents need to be familiar with this policy so as to manage the time allocated at home by their child. They can then intervene if the child takes significantly longer to complete the tasks set and should alert the teacher to the difficulty being encountered.

**If your child is finding homework difficult please let the teacher know immediately.






The following are the suggested types of homework and approximate/maximum time allocations for each class:


Junior Infants
Phonics
Pre-reading
Number and/or letter formations.
Paired Reading
Maximum time: 10 mins

Senior Infants
Phonics
English reading
Number activities
Writing activities
Maximum time: 10 – 15 mins

First Class
Reading
Tables
Maths
Spellings
Writing Activity
Oral Activity
Maximum time: 15-20 mins

Second Class
English Reading
Tables
Maths
Spellings
Writing Activity
Oral Activity
Maximum time: 20-25 mins

Third Class
English reading
English and Irish Spellings
Maths
Tables
English or Irish Writing Activity
Oral Activity
SESE
Maximum time: 30 mins approx

Fourth Class
English and Irish reading
English and Irish Spellings
Maths
Tables
SESE
Oral Activity.
Writing Activity
Maximum time: 30 – 40 mins

Fifth Class
English and Irish Spellings
Maths
English writing activity
Irish writing activity
SESE
Oral Activity
Maximum time: 30 mins – 1 hour

Sixth Class
English and Irish Spellings
Maths
English writing activity
Irish writing activity
SESE
Oral Activity
Maximum time: 30 mins – 1 hr

It must be stressed that these times are approximate/maximum times; they do not take into the account the individual differences of children. If in the personal judgement of parents the volume of homework is taking an excessive amount of time they should discuss this with the teacher.

General Guidelines:

The class teacher may / may not give homework in all of the above activities in any one night
It has been agreed that no homework shall be given to the children at weekends or during the holidays
Children should be able to complete the tasks set without too much assistance from parents.
More emphasis is to be given to oral homework and parents are to be made aware of this.
All homework assigned should be well prepared and explained clearly to the pupils in advance.
All homework that is set should be corrected/marked by the teacher as soon as possible once submitted.
Care should be taken to ensure that pupils attending support classes/groups are clear as to the homework assigned and allowed adequate time to enter the homework into the homework notebook on return to the classroom.
Parents are to sign their child’s homework diary to show that they have checked that the allocated oral and written work has been done and give an indication of the time taken to complete the work. Teachers should pay particular attention to these indications of time taken to complete the homework.
When homework is not done or not completed without explanation persistently, parents may be contacted so the matter may be discussed.
Teachers will take into account that difficult home circumstances, of a permanent or temporary nature may be an underlying factor in the non completion of homework and will deal with the problem sensitively.

Parents and Homework:
To ensure that homework is a worthwhile educational exercise parents must be aware of the role it plays. Parents also need to have a clear understanding of the part they are expected to play.
The parental role is one of encouragement, observation and review of completed work.
All parents should report to the class teacher if the child is experiencing difficulty in a particular task, explaining where help was sought by a note in the child’s homework notebook.

Guidelines for parents:
Ensure that a suitable time and place should be set aside for homework
Ensure that homework is allocated due time and effort
Ensure that proper conditions for homework are available
Ensure that all given homework has been completed to the best of the child’s ability
Parents should offer assistance if a child is experiencing difficulty and try to lead the child to the solution himself/herself rather than just give him/her the answer
Parents should only sign their child’s notebook when they are satisfied that all work has been completed or at least attempted.
Parents should check their child’s homework notebook regularly for comments relating to homework made by the teacher.
Parents should give a short written explanation as to why homework has not been completed by means of a note in the homework notebook.

The Homework Diary/Notebook:
It is the policy of Scoil Mhuire that each child in the school from First Class to Sixth Class will be required to have a homework diary (usually provided by the school). The diary is to be used to record the homework given by the teacher, and is to be signed each night by parent or guardian when the child has completed the homework set. It is also to be used by parents to inform the teacher of difficulties that the child may have encountered when doing their homework by way of a note in the appropriate section. The school homework diary also contains the Code of Conduct for Scoil Mhuire

This policy was reviewed by the school staff at their staff meeting on 9/11/2007 and 15/1/2008. The Parents Association of the school have also been consulted on the composition of this policy and have made useful contributions to its contents. This policy was discussed and ratified by the Board of Management of the school at their meeting on 28/1/2008.

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