Homework Policy

It is the policy of Scoil Eimhín Naofa to allocate homework.

Relationship to characteristic spirit of the school:

Scoil Eimhín Naofa seeks to enable each pupil to develop his/her potential.  Homework encourages pupils to work independently and take responsibility for their assignments.

Aims:

Scoil Eimhín Naofa feels homework is an essential part of school life and is deemed necessary:

·     to reinforce what is being taught in school.

·     to strengthen  links between home and school.

·     to develop a child’s concentration skills.

·     to develop a work ethic.

·     to promote a similar approach to homework across all classes.

·     to promote independence.

·     to lay foundations for good study habits in the future.

Guidelines

·     Homework is given each day from Monday to Thursday. This varies at Junior Infant level, at discretion of the teacher.

·     Homework is not usually given at weekends.

·     There is no homework during holiday periods.

·     It is the school’s policy that pupils will not be allocated homework if they are withdrawn for holidays.

·     Extra homework may be assigned as a sanction if a pupil fails or refuses to observe the required standard of behaviour as per Code of Behaviour and Discipline.

·     Sometimes at the discretion of the class teacher or the Principal, pupils are given “No Homework” as a treat or as an acknowledgement of some special occasion.

Homework is a balance between

·     reading tasks

·     learning tasks, and

·     written tasks

·    Homework will regularly contain reading, spellings, tables, written work,        pieces to be “learned by heart”, drawing/colouring, collecting information/        items and finishing work started in school.

·     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 is normally prepared by the teacher in class. However, some       times with senior classes, some homework is designed to challenge  children’s ability and provide opportunities for creativity.

·     Pupils often feel that reading and “learning by heart” is not real homework.  Parents can play an important role in listening to reading and items to be learned ensuring this work is done well.

·     Provision is made for children with special needs.

·     The following table should be kept in mind when allocating homework:

Junior Infant Classes   At Teachers’ discretion

Senior Infants                                Guideline 15 minutes

1st – 2nd Classes         Guideline 25 minutes

3rd – 4th Classes          Guideline 40 minutes

5th – 6th Classes          Guideline 1 hour

·     Pupils are expected to do their homework to the best of their individual ability.

·     Homework will usually be within the capability of the child and should be      done without too much help from parents.

·     As far as possible parents should try to provide a suitable time and suitable place for doing homework, to prevent interruptions or distractions, like T.V./Video or other children, taking account of family circumstances and the need for play and relaxation.

Homework Diary:

·     Pupils from 1st Class onwards have a homework diary.

·     The diary is an important record of the pupil’s homework. It is also a valuable means of communication between parents and teachers.

·     Parents are asked to check that the pupil records her homework neatly in  the correct page and ticks each item of homework when completed.

·    A parent’s signature in this homework diary or on worksheets every night means that the parent has checked to see that the allocated oral and written work has been done. In the case of Infants who don’t have a diary, the actual work should be signed.

·     If a pattern exists of homework not being done or completed without explanation from pupil or parent, the teacher will investigate the

circumstances. Parents will usually be contacted through the pupil’s diary or copy, or in some other way and the matter will be discussed. The emphasis will always be on trying to understand where the problem lies, and then trying to help in solving it.

·     Parents are encouraged to check the diary or copy/copies each night for        teacher’s comments etc.

When should parents communicate with the teacher about homework?

·     When the child cannot do homework due to the family circumstances.

·     When the child cannot do homework because she/he cannot understand      some aspect.

·     If the time being spent on homework is often longer than the recommended amount of time.

Remember

If homework is a stressful experience between parent and child, something is wrong. This leads to poor learning and defeats the whole purpose. Should this happen on a regular basis, the class teacher should be contacted.