Homework provides the children with the opportunity of revisiting learning experiences encountered during the school day and of practicing the skills and concepts associated with those learning experiences. In the senior classes some homework is designed to challenge the children’s ability and provide opportunities for creativity. The children are expected to do their homework to the best of their ability – no more, no less.
Why give homework?
How often is homework given?
What is the content of homework?
How much (time) homework?
The following are guidelines for time spent at homework. Different children will complete the same homework in different lengths of time. Time spent will vary from day to day and also from the beginning to the end of the school year. It is important to remember that it is the quality and not the quantity of homework that matters. The following are general guidelines only:
Maximum time homework should take: 10 mins.
No formal written homework given in Junior Infants.
Children are sometimes asked to bring in objects or pictures related to class topics.
In terms 2 and 3 parents are asked to do shared reading with their children. The children take home books to ‘read’ with parents. Parents are also asked to work with their children on basic sight vocabulary (lists provided by teacher )
Children are also given a name card to practice correct letter formation.
Maximum time homework should take : 10 – 15 mins.
Reading to be completed nightly with parent’s assistance and supervision.
Reading record to be signed by parents to indicate that homework has been done.
Unfinished class work may be sent home to be completed.
Maximum time homework should take: 25 mins.
September: Reading and spelling only.
October – June: Reading
1 piece of the following:
Maximum time homework should take: 30 mins.
Tables: 4 tables e.g. 1 + 0 to 1 + 4
Maths: 5 approx.
Reading: 2 – 4 pages
Spelling: 3 – 5 per night
Written work from time to time, mainly finishing off workbooks / stories.
Maximum time homework should take: 40 mins.
Tables: Revision or new
Spelling: 5 or 6 ( English and Irish )
English: 3 – 5 sentences ( Skills Book, Spelling Workbook or equivalent )
Reading: 1 or 2 pages
Research / project work from time to time.
Maximum time homework should take: 50 mins.
Spellings: English and Irish
2 pieces of written work
Research / project work from time to time.
Maximum time homework should take: 1 hour
( less at beginning of year )
Fifth class homework is viewed as a form of preparation for homework in Secondary School. We often give homework that will not be requested from the girls for a week or more.
Pupils learn to organise homework time
i.e. 20 / 20 / 20 rule applies
20 mins learning (sp. tables, poetry etc. )
20 mins. Maths
20 mins. Written work
Maximum time homework should take: 1 hr. 15 mins.
2 pieces of written work, which may include some reading.
Spelling in English and Irish
Maths and tables ( 20 mins. approx.)
A piece of learning most nights ( poetry etc.)
Occasionally homework time may also be spent working on their Reading Journal, Response Journal or Writing Portfolio
From time to time projects and research may be assigned. This work will be spread over a number of nights / weeks.
Corrections from previous work and tests do not constitute part of homework time. Unfinished work in school may be given in order for each child to keep up to date with class work.
Support teachers will have a special programme of work for those children needing additional support. This programme can be arranged with parents to suit each child’s individual needs.
Leisure Time Reading
Numerous surveys highlight the importance of cultivating the habit of independent reading. Leisure time reading is essentially an out of school activity yet it does not easily fit into our homework model. How can we foster and develop this habit in our children?
Reading introduces us to diverse worlds and thoughts and gives children the opportunity to confront powerful emotional experiences in a safe environment. Reading allows us to share in the experiences of others and to learn from them. The cultivation of a regular reading habit privileges a child with a life enriching habit that will prove both pleasurable and valuable.
How much help should parents give?
Parents should try to help their children with homework by:
How often do teachers monitor homework?
When should parents communicate with the teachers about homework?
When should homework be done?
Ideally, homework should be done before any television is watched soon after school while your child is still fresh