At the beginning of each session teachers provide parents with a plan for homework and an agreement which should be signed and returned to the school.
Pupils in P.1 and P.2 will be given homework mainly concerned with Mathematics, English Language and Reading for Enjoyment (Library Work) but will also be given tasks associated with other curricular areas. Generally homework would be set Monday-Thursday and would be age and stage appropriate. Pupils in P.3 – P.7 will be set very regular homework tasks for approximately 30 minutes each evening. Monday – Thursday and the tasks would cover all areas of the curriculum. Parents are asked to support the homework programme by signing a contract at the beginning of the session.
Homework should be an activity which:
- reinforces classroom teaching.
- encourages home school links.
- establishes routines of self discipline.
- establishes routines for working independently.
- encourages families to be active participants in the learning process.
Homework should be “a simple activity to be undertaken within the home to complement the child’s learning in school”. Homework may also be accessed through GLOW at home.