At a recent ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening, our teachers led workshops on homework in their particular stages. The following leaflet summarises the advice provided during the workshops. We hope it will be helpful in supporting our pupils through their homework activities.
In Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral Primary School, we regard homework as a stimulating and enjoyable experience for children to share with their parents; it is an important component of our home/school partnership. Homework provides the opportunity to celebrate success or achievement in class work. It also enables children to practice and consolidate ongoing class work.
The Scottish Government outlines it’s committed to homework:
“So why is homework important?
Homework helps your child to:
- learn how to organise and manage their time
- take more responsibility for their own learning
- practise and build on what they have learned at school
- develop confidence to deal with frustrations, overcome difficulties and solve problems
- learn and work independently in the future.
Homework helps teachers to check your child’s understanding of classwork and keep track of their progress. It lets you find out what your child is doing at school and get involved in their learning.
Did you know?
- When schools and families work together, children do better
- Children learn something well when they talk about it or explain it to someone else, asking your child about their homework really helps
- Children who do homework regularly throughout their time at school benefit from the equivalent of roughly an extra year’s schooling
- Parents and families are by far the most important influences on children’s lives.
What’s helpful to know about homework?
It’s quality that matters, not quantity – the kind of homework your child does is often more important than the amount.
Even if you have little time, or don’t know much about the subject or level your child is studying, you can still be involved. It’s not your time or ability, but a positive and encouraging attitude to your child’s learning that really matters. Homework is for children to do, not for parents.
You can find more information about homework, or any aspect of Scottish education, on Parentzone.
All of our pupils will have a homework diary. The date, task and due date should have been entered by the pupils/teacher in class. There is a comment section, which is available for parent use. Parents are encouraged to use the homework diary as a means of communication with the class teacher. Presentation of homework should be neat, to the same standard as school work; homework should always be completed with great care and signed by a parent/carer. The types of homework a child receives will vary, and at particular times of the year e.g. Sacramental Preparation and seasonal activities, the focus might change.
Some Homework Advice
Parents should supervise homework but avoid completing homework for their child. If it is possible, finding a quiet time, sitting at a table without a TV or other distractions will allow pupils to concentrate on their homework. If a child is confused about a piece of work please use his/her diary to let their teacher know. If a child gets something wrong it is more helpful for the child to try again, rather than the parent ‘fixing it’ for them.
As a result of parental, pupil and staff consultation, a new homework policy is in place as of August 2015. To allow for teacher feedback, pupils will be expected to return a piece of homework on a daily basis, rather than handing homework in on a weekly basis. We hope to have the support of all parents and carers in the implementation of our homework policy.