Homework Policy

Introduction:

At St. Mogue’s we recognise that homework is an integral link in the chain of communication between school and home.  Parents can monitor progress of their children through continual reference to Homework diaries and liaison with teachers.  This policy has been re-drawn as a result of annual review of our previous policy in May 2007.  It 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 experience 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, so far as is possible, 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 in enabling their child to take responsibility and work independently.  The homework policy of the school facilitates these ideals.

 

Aims and Objectives:

 

The primary objectives of the policy are: -

 

  • To consolidate learning through reinforcement of class work
  • 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 promote consistently and a uniform approach to homework across all classes
  • To further develop links between home and school

 

Resources:

  • Homework Diary
  • Blackboard / Whiteboard
  • Work sheets, textbooks, folders, exercise copies etc.
  • I.C.T. (To be used by children with access to same at home when appropriate)

 

 

 

Policy Content:

It is school policy to assign appropriate class-related levels of homework as an important reinforcement in the learning process.  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 allocations for our school –

 

Junior Infants:           Oral Homework

It is recommended that parents read to and with their children on a regular basis.

 

Senior Infants:           0-15 minutes

Reading and written task / occasional oral activity.  The school attempts to maintain a balance between oral, reading and written work.

 

Rang a hAon:             0-20 minutes

English reading, English spellings.  A Maths or English exercise sometimes replaced by an oral activity

 

Rang a Dō:                 0-30 minutes

Reading (English/Irish); Maths (Text book or worksheet); Spellings (Irish/English); Tables.  1 written exercise (English or Irish)

 

Rang a Trí:                 0-30 minutes

Reading (English/Irish); Maths (Text book or worksheet); Spellings (Irish/English); Tables.  1 written exercise (English or Irish)

 

Rang a Ceathar:         0-35 minutes

Maths Tables; Irish Reading & Spellings, English Reading & Spellings;  Written exercise based on either English, History or Geography alternated nightly with an Irish written exercise

 

Rang a Cūig:              45 – 60 minutes

Maths Tables; Irish Reading & Spellings, English Reading & Spellings;  Written exercise based on either English, History or Geography alternated nightly with an Irish written exercise

 

Rang a Sē:                  45 - 60 minutes

Maths Tables; Irish Reading & Spellings, English Reading & Spellings;  Written exercise based on either English, History or Geography alternated nightly with an Irish written exercise

 

Learning Support / Resource:          

Written work is never given.  Homework takes the form of reading and/or games related to class work.  An effort is made by Classroom Teacher and Learning Support Teacher to avoid overloading children with Special Needs with double homework.

  • Homework is almost always based on class related work.  It will 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 the pupils are taken into account.
  • Homework is given Mondays to Thursdays and generally is not given at weekends unless it has been neglected during the week, or unless exceptional circumstances such as projects occur.
  • Homework is not linked to behaviour but occasionally child/ren are rewarded with reduced homework if they have worked/behaved well
  • The Learning Support Teachers will occasionally give homework to their allocated pupils but only as a reinforcement of class work.  Reading is routinely given as homework and should be accorded priority consideration.
  • If homework causes stress or worry to the child, parents 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
  • Teachers generally check homework on a daily basis.  Some homework may be self correcting.  Children who do not complete homework satisfactorily may be required to re-do this work the following night.  Parents are encouraged to supervise and check homework nightly
  • All children from 2nd class have a homework diary.  Infants and first class children will have a diary which will be used for communications between class teacher and parents/guardians.  In these classes homework will not be written into diary.  From 2nd class on children will use their diary to write down their homework.  Parents will be asked to sign diary on a weekly basis and teachers will check these once per week.
  • “Homework off” may be given at a teachers discretion.
  • In general, all school homework will encompass a wide spectrum of learning experiences such as oral reading, writing, tables, spelling, learning ‘by heart’, drawing, collecting information, colouring and finishing class work.

 

Procedures for Parents:

  1. Provide suitable comfortable facilities
  2. Remove distractions – T.V. younger siblings etc.
  3. Help child overcome difficulties through explanation
  4. Parents should never do the homework for their children
  5. Send a note to the class teacher if a problem arises.  This can be done through the homework diary
  6. Check and sign homework diaries
  7. Notify class teacher if time spent on homework exceeds the recommended time
  8. As children tire towards late evening, encourage the completion of homework as early as possible
  9. Discourage morning homework
  10. Parents should have a stock of rulers, pencils, rubbers, table books etc. available should the need arise.

 

Evaluation:

  • In-class corrections
  • Checking homework diaries
  • Parent – Teacher meetings
  • Teacher designated tests
  • Pupil profiling
  • Teacher observation
  • Feedback from parents and pupils
  • General air of satisfaction

 

Roles and Responsibilities / Implementation:

All stakeholders have a role to play in the implementation of this policy i.e. pupils, parents, teachers, Board of Management etc

 

The policy has been in operation in the school since September 2007.