Homework is a very important part of a pupil's education. It reinforces what the child has learned during the day, it fosters home – school links and it also develops the child's work ethic and ability to work independently. While parents are not expected to teach pupils, they are in a much better position than the teacher to provide individual help.
Homework is given on a daily basis, from Monday to Thursday. Children do not receive homework on Fridays, unless asked to revise for a test or to read their library book. Sometimes at the discretion of the class teacher or Principal, children are given “homework off” as a treat or as acknowledgement of some special occasion.
Homework will normally contain a balance between reading tasks, learning tasks and written tasks. It should be noted that homework time devoted to reading, learning and spellings is as important as written work and should be given equal attention.
The amount of homework varies from one class to another. The amount of time it will take a pupil to complete an assignment will also vary considerably. Time spent on homework will also vary from day to day and also from the beginning to the end of the school year. The following are general guidelines only:
Junior Infants: 0 – 10 mins
Senior Infants: Up to 15 mins.
Rang 1 Up to 20 mins
Rang 2 Up to 25 mins
Rang 3 Up to 30 mins
Rang 4 Up to 35 mins
Rang 5 Up to 45 mins
Rang 6 Up to 1 hour
Parents should check that the child has completed all the homework as written in the Diary or the Homework Sheet. When satisfied the diary should be signed each night.
Please 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, please contact the class teacher.