Homework helps Children:
- To reinforce knowledge and skills learned.
- To learn to work by themselves.
- To organise their time.
Homework helps Parents:
- To keep in touch with their child’s learning in school.
- To monitor their child’s progress.
- To notice any problems their child may be having.
- To learn together with their child.
Homework is assigned by class and SEN teachers on Monday to Thursday only. Homework won’t always be written work. There may also be reading, learning, memorisation, skills practice and research.
The length of time to be spent on homework varies according to pupils individual learning needs. Our guidelines are:
3rd Class 30 minutes Parents should sit with their child.
4th Class 40 minutes Parents should be present in the room with their child.
5th Class 50 minutes Parents should be available to their child.
6th Class 60 minutes Parents should encourage their child to be as independent as possible.
The cultivation of a positive attitude and organisational skills is essential to make homework a worthwhile learning activity.
- Assign regular homework tasks that are varied and interesting.
- Prioritise important key sills in Literacy and Numeracy as part of regular homework tasks.
- Display homework and give time for pupils to copy it into their homework diary.
- Remind pupils of the books and requisites they will require.
- Praise efforts and encourage persistence and determination.
- Give constructive feedback through corrections, individual and/or group conferencing, class discussions on tasks.
- Show positive interest in homework activities.
- Ask questions which encourage more than a yes or no answer.
- Listen to their child as they read aloud. Read with your child.
- Praise their child’s efforts.
- Encourage persistence and determination.
- Help to organise books and copies with their child, e.g. colour codes, clear labels, use of a check list and regularly remind children about requisites.
- Provide a quiet, undisturbed place and time that is part of a regular routine.
- Sign the homework diary daily. If a child completes homework outside the home we advise parents to check it over with their child before signing.
- Motivate their child to ask their teacher questions about their homework if they are unsure about the tasks.
- Discuss their child’s homework at the Annual Parent/Teacher Meetings.
- Take responsibility for their homework.
- Complete all homework in one sitting – once started don’t stop until it is finished.
- Begin with their least favourite item and end with their favourite.
- Tick or cross out each item as it is completed.
- Ask an adult to challenge them on learning and memorisation tasks, e.g. spellings, tables, facts.
- Be curious and use initiative. If time is available find out more about some of the topics studied at school.
- Practice skills. If time is available use websites etc. to reinforce learning and practice skills.
- SESE texts books include a list of website references:
- Read, read, read, as many different sources, e.g. books, newspapers, magazines, websites, advertisements.