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What's the right amount of homework?
IS IT a bore for the kids, another layer of labour for frazzled mums — or a crucial route to academic success?
Children’s homework and the time it takes are problems for parents — homework is described as the “thorniest issue” at primary school, by a representative of the Irish National Teachers’ organisation.
Most schools have a homework policy, because parents are puzzled. One primary school, in Kildare, runs homework information meetings for parents, at their request, while one second-level school clarifies what’s expected of first years. When Jen Maher’s eldest, Olive, started at second level, Jen joined the Parents’ Council to become familiar with the homework system. Olive is now in transition year at Colaiste na Toirbhirte in Bandon, and her youngest sister, Alice, is in first year. Jen says a responsible attitude to homework is crucial. Her children are expected to be conscientious.
“It’s a leap from primary school to first year, with all the extra subjects and teachers and that can be difficult,” Jen says. Alice spends one to one-and-a-half hours on her homework, while, in Junior Cert, Olive “did three or more hours a night. I’m happy with what they’re doing,” Jen says. “I never went rooting to see what homework they had, but they knew they were expected to be responsible about it.”
By second-level, many students are less open about their lives, so it’s a good idea to join a network of other parents. “I joined the Parents’ Council to see how things operated,” says Maher. “I found it was a great help, because there were parents there whose children were ahead of mine in the school system, and that was a godsend.”
Carolyn O’Flaherty, deputy principal at the 540-pupil school, holds special information meetings. “Sometimes, parents would have queries about how much homework their children should be doing and how they should be doing it. We tend to be very conscious that it’s very different for first years coming from the primary school system. They could have between 10 to 12 different teachers here, and there may be anxiety around what different teachers expect of homework,” she says.
For the first few weeks of term, the teachers start the homework in class to familiarise students: “After a while, the first years work independently. We would, generally, feel they should have between one and one-and-a-half hours per night at first year. We emphasise the use of the journal, in organising homework, and stress to parents how important it is that they go through the journal and check on the homework — this facilitates communication between parent and student on homework.”
Second-years are expected to do between one-and-a-half to two hours, and Junior Certs two to three hours. In fifth and sixth year, three to four hours a night is the norm, she says. The quality of the homework is more important than the length of time it takes.
Students should not do homework in front of the TV or with a mobile phone nearby. “Homework develops good habits of the mind, takes the stress out of exams, is very good discipline and facilitates independent learning,” Ms O’Flaherty says.
In the evenings, second level students should go back over material they covered in class that day — even if they have been allocated no homework, says Bernie Judge, education officer with the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland.
Parents should not accept the excuse that their child doesn’t need to study because they have no tests coming up. “Consistent application is necessary. Don’t accept that they’re not getting any homework. If they have no writing to do, they should be going over notes,” she says.
Children should leave phones downstairs while they are studying upstairs. But the bedroom is not always the best place for study — it’s private and they may not be doing the work they claim to be doing.
Last September, a homework journal was introduced for the 340 pupils of headmistress Breda Fay’s school, Scoil Choca Naofa, in Kilcock. The school now also runs ‘homework information mornings’ for parents. A homework club has also been established. The journal shows parents what homework has been allocated and how long the child is taking to do it — thus facilitating a conversation with the teacher should homework need to be adjusted.
Fay says the majority of parents were happy with the time their children spent on homework — 10 minutes of paired reading or colouring at junior infant and senior infant level, 20 minutes in first class, half an hour in third and fourth class, and under 45 minutes in fifth and sixth class.
Homework is not a major issue in the Fitzgerald household, in Killahin, near Tralee, in Co Kerry, where mum Geraldine expects her daughters Linda (12) and Shauna (7) to do their best, but is relaxed: “I’m very lucky, because the girls go to a country school with only 30 pupils and they get great attention. The majority of their work is done at school,” she says, though Linda does an hour’s homework every night and Shauna does half an hour.
“They sit in the kitchen doing their homework, while I make the dinner. I’m very relaxed, I don’t push them, I tell them to do their best, but that, at the end of the day, there’s more to life than homework.
“I know of parents in other schools who spend two hours, or more, doing homework with primary level students — I think that’s way too much.”
If you’re worried that your child is not doing his or her homework or is not able for it, says Peter Mullan, of the INTO, contact the school. “Homework is one of the thorniest issues at primary level — it’s added stress and can be time-sapping. It can be resented by children and parents, so it’s very worthwhile for people to understand the value of it,” he says. Research shows that children who get maths homework three or four times a week score higher than children who don’t.
DON’T BE TOO FUSSY
Research has shown a positive relationship between homework and achievements, says Professor Kathy Hall, Professor of Education at UCC. “Time spent on homework yields results,” she says, cautioning homework should be relevant; ideally done independently and without parental support.
Hall believes the primary school years are a golden opportunity to help children develop good study habits. Regular homework is an excellent way to develop self-discipline, time management and a sense of responsibility towards work and study, she says.
If, however, homework takes away from personal time or family well-being, it generates a lot of anxiety, she warns: “Homework should be at a level of easy difficulty, it should not be about being stuck.”
Check your child’s homework journal and attend parent-teacher meetings, she counsels — but parents should avoid a rigid or regimented approach to homework or over-emphasis on perfection.
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Homework is an essential part of a student’s education and therefore plays a vital role in the learning process in the school. The staff of St. Mary’s Secondary School place great emphasis on the setting of purposeful, well planned homework, which is designed to assist each student in reaching her full potential. This policy is rooted in the Mission statement/aims of the school.
A wide variety of homework assignments are set by teachers. Homework will be well structured and clearly defined and may consist of
- Written work
- Research for projects and writing up of project briefs
- Preparation of material necessary for practical work in school
- Drawing / Art work
The above list is not exhaustive.
Objectives of Homework
- It provides students with an opportunity to review, consolidate and confirm the knowledge which they have received during the day.
- It allows students an opportunity to work on their own and take responsibility for their own learning.
- It creates opportunities for meaningful dialogue between home and school.
- It enables teachers to assess progress effectively, challenge pupils and identify areas of student difficulty.
- It provides parents/guardians with information on their daughters progress at school.
- It encourages students to reach their full potential with regard to their academic capabilities.
- It fosters in students positive values such as self discipline, responsibility and an interest in learning which will benefit them throughout their lives.
- Exam preparation.
Rules and Responsibilities
Board of management.
- To ensure that the policy is developed and evaluated from time to time
- To approve the policy
- To consider reports from the Principal on the implementation of the policy
Principal, Deputy and Year Heads
- To establish structures and procedures for the implementation of the policy
- To monitor the implementation of the policy
- To instruct students in homework/study skills
- To implement the policy, review homework assignments and provide feedback to students
- To keep records of homework set
- To be consistent in the amount of homework given
- To inform parents/guardians of concerns as they arise
- To ensure that homework is assessed and acknowledged
- To implement sanctions for homework not completed
- To assist students with the preparation of homework
- To set achievable standards of homework.
- To encourage students to achieve their full potential by supporting school policy
- To ensure a quiet room where homework can be completed away from distractions of television, radio, mobile phones and other people
- To encourage students to spend sufficient time at homework and revision each night
- To check and sign journals regularly
- To encourage students to use their time wisely between study, rest and recreation. Part-time work is a serious distraction and interferes with progress.
- To encourage students to attend study classes if provided.
- To attend Parent/Teacher meetings
- To fully support the school in any sanctions employed to deal with homework not completed
- To provide teachers with valid letters of explanation in the event of homework not being submitted.
- To record all assigned homework in assigned homework journal. Each day students should have listed the classes they have for the day on the left- hand column and the homework, whether written or oral in the right-hand column
- To treat homework as an important part of school life that demands time and attention each day. We recommend the following time guidelines for study:-
- First Year 1-2 hours
- Second and Third 2-3 hours
- Transition Year 2 hours
- Fifth and Sixth Years 3-4 hours
Pupils who are sitting for State Examinations/house exams will probably require more time as exam time approaches. LCA students must devote a satisfactory amount of time to the completion of project work.
- To be fully prepared for their classes. This will require careful study at home to ensure that homework set in class, both oral/learning and written/practical is completed thoroughly to the best of their ability.
- To present written homework properly.
- To include time for study and review of what has been covered and preparation for the following day
- Weekends/breaks may be used for additional study and revision
- To prepare for homework by asking questions to identify what is important and to clarify information as the class progresses
- To ensure that Homework Journal is signed by parents/guardians as requested for checking by subject teacher – Class Tutor or Year Head when required.
In classes where homework is not completed, an appropriate and consistent sanction should be imposed by the teacher eg.
- Verbal reprimand
- Written comment in journal
- Relevant extra homework
- Contact parents – Year Head/Teacher concerned
- Standard letter to parents/guardians
- An individual teacher may detain the pupil during break/lunchtime until the work is completed
( - the above are in no particular order - )
- Good quality homework is being presented
- There is a reduction in the pressure on students in relation to homework
- Parents/guardians, teachers and students are satisfied with the effectiveness of the policy
- The goals are being attained
- Principal, Deputy Principal and Year heads will conduct ongoing monitoring through informal discussion with students and subject teachers, and through homework spot checks, and will note feedback from students, teachers and parents/guardians.
- Subject Departments will review implementation at regular intervals.
- Principal and Deputy Principal may meet with Subject Departments, Year Heads and pastoral Care personnel at regular intervals.
The policy will be reviewed after two years. The review team will comprise of the Principal, Deputy Principal and Year Heads.
- Views and experiences of teachers, students and parents/guardians will be surveyed in relation to the success criteria
- The progress of students with special educational needs will be given particular consideration
This policy has been formulated following collaboration and consultation with staff, teachers, pupils, parents/guardians and Board of Management.
School Homework Policy
Killinarden Community School
Homework Policy 2007
T his policy arises out of preliminary meetings with homework Policy Group and teachers; a consultation process with Board of Management , teachers, parents and students. This policy will be subject to the usual regular review.
The ethos ofKillinardenCommunitySchoolis to put young people first and we see education as the key to their future. This vision is supported by the Board of Management, Principal and staff. As part of the learning process homework has wide educational value. It reinforces work done and builds students self esteem. Homework has the potential to strengthen the partnership in learning between parents and teachers
PURPOSE OF HOMEWORK:
- is a essential part of learning
- allows for practising and consolidating work done in class
- trains students to plan and organise their time
- establishes a habit of study and self discipline that will be a lifelong skill
- enables students to identify and use information resources
- challenges able students
- builds student self esteem
- strengthens the links between home and school
- enables parents and caregivers to be aware of what is being taught in school and to support the progress of their children.
HOMEWORK IS MOST BENEFICIAL WHEN:
it develops basic skills and extends classwork
- it consolidates knowledge
- teachers set homework that is appropriate to the age, level, and capabilities of the students
- teacher expectations are well communicated
- it is set on a regular basis and establishes a pattern of home study
- it is corrected promptly and accurately
- it is challenging and has a clear purpose
- students take responsibility for their homework
- parents are available to encourage and support their child’s study
- it extends learning and encourages independent study.
AMOUNTS AND TYPES OF HOMEWORK:
The amount of homework that students are given and the time it will require, vary depending on age, ability and year group. Students should also be encouraged to leave time for leisure and physical activities outside of school. As students move into Senior Cycle homework demands will increase. The following are suggested guidelines as to the amount of time that a student should spend on homework per day.
- First Years One Hour
- Second Years One and a Half Hours
- Third Years Two and a Half Hours
- Fifth Years Two Hours
- Sixth Years Two and a Half Hours, as well as
Research and Project work
me should also be given to homework/study at weekends especially in third and sixth year.
The three main types of homework are:
PRACTISE EXERCISES: these give students the opportunity to apply what is learnt in class, revise and reinforce new skills and information, including
- consolidating exercises e.g. maths / science learning formulae / tables
- learning spellings and creating new sentences
- revising information about a current topic
- pracising vocalulary or phrases in Irish/French/Spanish
- essay writing
- reading for information or for pleasure.
Preparatory homework: students prepare for a future lesson or topic by:
- background reading
- rereading a text e.g. poem, play
- looking up information
- collecting / preparing items e.g. material for experiment.
EXTENDED ASSIGNEMENTS: especially in exam classes students should pursue knowledge individually and take responsibility for their learning by:
- reading or writing a book review
- making or designing an item e.g. for Art or Practical Subject
- watching a film or documentary for History / Geography
- using the library or internet to do research.
Wherever possible students should be encouraged to be aware of how to access information and to make best use of Public Libraries and educational web sites.
Each of the partners in education has an important role in supporting the child’s learning:
Parents and caregivers can help by:
- taking an active interest in homework
- making sure that time is set aside for homework
- encouraging students to do their best and complete the work
- making a quiet place available, where possible, for homework to be done
- supporting teachers by signing the journal or the homework when asked
- communicating with teachers any concerns about homework
- alerting the school to any change in circumstances which should be taken into account when setting homework.
Teachers can help by
- explaining to students the benefits of homework
- ensuring that students and parents are aware of the schools homework policy
- setting a suitable amount of relevant homework
- providing homework that is related to classwork / revision
- giving students sufficient time to complete homework, taking into account other activities and homework set by other teachers
- marking homework promptly and appropriately
- keeping homework records and giving feedback to students
- alerting parents and caregivers to any developing problems concerning their child’s homework
Students can help by:
- being aware of the importance of homework
- being aware of the school’s homework policy
- being aware that homework is an essential part of the learning process
- completing homework within the given time frame
- ensuring the homework is of a high standard
- taking responsibility for their own work and seeking assistance when difficulties arise
- organising their time so that sufficient time is set aside to complete
- quality work/assignments
- using the Journal to keep records and make notes about homework
- using study skill seminars to full advantage by following the guidelines given
- availing of supervised study / extra classes in exam years.
KillinardenCommunitySchoolprovides a number of supports to encourage good homework / study among students:
- rewards an incentives for good work
- Study Skills Workshop in Exam Years
- after school supervised study for Third and Sixth Year
- Extra revision classes in school in third and Sixth Year.
Sanctions: where homework is not sanctions may be imposed. These will vary according to the age of student and the severity of the situation. The sanctions will include e.g. recording in Journal, note to parents, extra work, remaining after class at an arranged time to do the work, detention
Second level - When the going gets tough
At secondary school, particularly in exam years, homework can seem like a drag - for students, parents and teachers.
At secondary school, particularly in exam years, homework can seem like a drag - for students, parents and teachers. Louise Holden on how to get the most out of study time.
During the exam years, homework can become a battleground where the wills of parents, students and teachers clash.
Parents hear all the complaints; the Irish teacher is overloading the essay questions and there's no time for revision; maths is cutting into other subject areas; the geography teacher hasn't finished the course but she's giving exam questions for homework. Students are stressed and looking for scapegoats and parents just want to help.
According to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) survey, Irish students spend more time at their homework than most. Irish 15-year-olds do almost five-and-a-half hours of English, maths and science homework a week. They also spend more hours in grinds than the average student. On top of a seven-hour day, it's a lot of ask of anyone.
The recommended homework time in fifth and sixth year is somewhere between three and four hours a night. Perfectionists and procrastinators can drag this out indefinitely. Many complain that they can't get near revision because homework takes all night. Rory Mulvey of Student Enrichment Services maintains that after a certain point, homework becomes a plain waste of time. Spending hours at homework assignments to prepare for the Leaving Cert is like running marathons to train for the 100-metre dash.
"In as far as possible, every homework assignment should be regarded as exam practice," says Mulvey, who runs study skills seminars at the beginning of every term. "Students who complain that they are getting too much homework when they would rather be revising should look at how long they are spending at each assignment. If they are spending more time than they would in an exam setting, then they are not approaching homework properly."
Consider an essay question for Leaving Certificate English Paper 2. If you only get 40 minutes to answer on Shakespeare in the exam, then there's not much sense in spending two hours answering on Shakespeare for homework. It could, in fact, be counterproductive, as you will train yourself to spend two hours perfecting your theory on the Fatal Flaw and then find you can't express it on the day.
"Many students hate exams because they claim they can't work under pressure," says Mulvey. "They are perfectionists who want to produce the best work possible, no matter how long it takes. The fact is that the Leaving Cert papers are timed and the students who do best are those who have practised working against the clock." Once you start thinking about homework in this way, it goes some way to addressing the problem of homework time leaking into study time. If you can't get the assignment completed in the time it would take in an exam, you've learned to work faster next time. Close the book and move on, says Mulvey.
Getting into good homework habits starts with a good timetable, says Peter McLoughlin, Learning Support Teacher at St Mary's Secondary School in Ballina, Co Mayo. Peter provides structured study-skills support for both students and parents at St Mary's, starting in first year and continuing right through to Leaving Cert. It's an approach that is obviously working; St Mary's has topped the league tables for Mayo as a main feeder school for NUI Galway, UCD and TCD.
"Right from first year, we encourage students to keep a nightly homework timetable on the fridge or in a prominent place in the house," says McLoughlin. "If students work to the timetable and parents keep an eye on their progress, homework shouldn't drag on into the night. Each family finds different ways to manage homework, but parental involvement is very important." One parent from St Mary's takes three hours every night to sit at the kitchen table with her daughter and reads the newspaper while homework is being done. She doesn't interfere with the work itself, but her presence and the air of studiousness helps her daughter to get the work done, she says.
McLoughlin tailors his study support to the learning style of each student he deals with. He uses the multiple intelligence theory of Howard Gardner and believes that if students get to know themselves as learners they can harness their most productive skills. "Students who are not strong on linguistic intelligence will not find it easy to sit for long periods reading," says McLoughlin. "They may be spatial learners, who apply themselves better to actions such as drawing mind maps or creating diagrams. They may be kinaesthetic learners, who need to move about frequently and apply learning practically." No student can work well with phones ringing, televisions blaring or small children seeking attention, says McLoughlin. The importance of creating a quiet space cannot be overestimated.
When it comes to drawing a distinction between study and homework, St Mary's principal Patsy Sweeney is sympathetic to parents who complain that children are overworked. "We know that Leaving Cert students have a lot to deal with and sometimes the homework burden can seem onerous. That is why we have a policy of keeping homework light at this school. In homes where students are struggling, we ask parents to take a look at the bigger picture. Often if a student is overburdened with homework, grinds are causing the problem."
With up to 70 per cent of Leaving Cert students getting grinds, the extra workload is considerable. Getting to and from the weekly tuition is a waste of time in itself, but what many parents forget is the extra homework that comes with private lessons.
"This is a hugely contentious issue in schools," says Sweeney. "The hours don't exist for students to do their regular homework, go to grinds and do the extra homework as well.
The result is that students concentrate on getting their grinds homework done, to the detriment of their schoolwork. They're tired in class, they fall behind, they blame the teachers and get even more grinds. They're wall-walking with tiredness and getting nowhere. They'd be better off doing their classwork and regular homework properly and leaving it at that. But there's a panicky culture of grinds that is throwing everyone into confusion."
It hardly warrants mentioning that part-time work in sixth year puts an even greater squeeze on students. If your exam student is complaining of too much homework, it could be time to look at the bigger picture.
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Homework Policy Context Homework provides the children with the opportunity of revisiting learning experiences encountered during the school day and of practising 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?
- To re-inforce what the child learns during the day.
- To provide a link between teacher and parent
- To develop a child’s concentration skills and to develop a work ethic
How often is homework given?
- Homework is given on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
- Homework will be given on Fridays in all classes if homework has been neglected during the week
- Sometimes at the discretion of the class teacher or the principal, children are given “homework off” as a treat or as acknowledgment of some special occasion.
- Please note extra homework may sometimes be given during the week or at the weekend if a child has not completed their homework, has not made a suitable effort or has presented untidy work.
What is the content of homework?
- Ideally homework will contain a balance between reading tasks, learning tasks and written tasks.
- 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 will regularly contain reading, spellings, tables, written work, pieces to be “learned by heart”, drawing/colouring, collecting information/items and finishing work started in class.
- Children 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.
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: Junior Infants 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 the 2 and 3 terms 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 practise correct letter formation.
Senior Infants 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. First Class Maximum time homework should take: 25 mins. September: Reading and spelling only. October – June: Reading Spellings Tables 1 piece of the following:
- Spelling Workbook – Wordsearch or sentences with words to fill in.
- English Workbook – simple comprehension or grammar.
Second Class 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. Third Class Maximum time homework should take: 40 mins. Tables: Revision or new Spelling: 5 or 6 ( English and Irish ) Maths: English: 3 – 5 sentences ( Skills Book, Spelling Workbook or equivalent ) Reading: 1 or 2 pages Research / project work from time to time. Fourth Class Maximum time homework should take: 50 mins. Spellings: English and Irish Maths: Tables 2 pieces of written work Reading Research / project work from time to time. Fifth Class 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 Sixth Class 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. Learning Support Learning 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 A recent survey by the DES (2005) highlights 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?
- Encourage children to choose books independently.
- Talk to children about their choice of books and be aware of what they are reading in their spare time.
- Encourage children to spend time reading on a regular basis. This should include weekends and holidays.
- Library books should be brought back each week on the appropriate day. Every child should have a book for silent reading in class and one to read at home. Some children are well able to cope with reading two books concurrently. For others this is too confusing and so they need help organising themselves for their reading activities.
- Continue reading aloud with your child as long as he or she considers it an enjoyable activity.
- Let your children see you reading.
- Join a public library.
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:
- providing them with a suitable place and time to do their homework
- endeavouring to prevent interruptions or distractions to the work, like T.V. or other children
- Children should do written homework themselves and parents should only help when the child has difficulty.
- If a child has difficulty with homework, the parents should help the child to overcome the difficulty with further explanation or examples, but not by actually doing the homework for the child.
- If a child has substantial difficulty completing a particular task within a reasonable period of time (15 minutes), the task should be left uncompleted so as not to cause frustration and anxiety for the child. A note explaining the difficulty should be given to the teacher so that the problem can be addressed the following day.
- Shared reading is not homework in the regular sense and it is simply meant to be an enjoyable exercise between parent and child. If it’s not enjoyable, shared reading should not be done.
- How often should parents monitor homework?
- Parents should check and sign a child’s homework journal every evening.
- The pupil’s journal is an important record of the child’s homework. It is also a valuable means of communication between parents and teachers.
- Ideally, all written messages to your child’s teacher should be put in the homework journal
- Please check that your child records the homework neatly on the correct page and ticks each item of homework when completed.
How often do teachers monitor homework?
- Teachers like to check homework on a daily basis.
- As children get older and learn to work independently, some items of homework are checked less often e.g. every second day or once per week.
- Children themselves under the direction of the teacher may check some items of homework (and classwork). This can be a useful part of the learning process for children.
When should parents communicate with the teachers about homework?
- When your child cannot do homework due to family circumstances
- When your child cannot do homework because she/he cannot understand some aspect.
- If the time being spent at homework is often longer than the recommended amount of time.
When should homework be done? Ideally, homework should be done before any television is watched soon after school while your child is still fresh
If the child is having trouble with homework · 1st & 2nd class- 20 minutes · 3rd & 4th class- 30 minutes · 5th & 6th class- maximum of 1 hour.
Most secondary schools offer after school study for children in exam years. This can be good because they can get the homework completed in a school environment
Second-years are expected to do between one-and-a-half to two hours, and Junior Certs two to three hours. In fifth and sixth year, three to four
Students · First Year 1-2 hours · Second and Third 2-3 hours · Transition Year 2 hours · Fifth and Sixth Years 3-4 hours.
The Department of Education does not issue any guidelines relating to homework being given in schools. It is a matter for each school
The ideal situation is to do homework straight away when they come in from school. We would expect that junior and senior infants would not be
School Homework Policy · First Years One Hour · Second Years One and a Half Hours · Third Years Two and a Half Hours · Fifth Years Two Hours · Sixth Years Two and a
Provide an opportunity for your child to use non-school resources ... The amount of homework in each class and the time to be allocated to it are key.
The recommended homework time in fifth and sixth year is somewhere between three and four hours a night. Perfectionists and procrastinators can
20 mins learning (sp. tables, poetry etc. ) ... Maximum time homework should take: 1 hr. 15 mins. 2 pieces of written work, which may include some reading.