Homework must have a sound purpose; the teacher, the child and the parents should be clear on what it is expected will be achieved by the homework set. Through this policy and its implementation it is expected that;
- teachers will regularly set and respond to homework that reflects all curricular areas
- pupils complete and respond to set homework tasks accepting homework as normal practice
- parents expect that pupils receive regular homework and collaborate as/when required.
EXAMPLES OF HOMEWORK
As has already been stated homework must reflect the whole curriculum, in addition to setting of language and maths as appropriate our approach should develop pupils’ abilities and interests. There are many opportunities to present and gather relevant information on a topic and so interest and involve the parents in their children’s learning. For example, at the Early Stages children could be encouraged to bring in items for display; by Pr 4-5 they could be encouraged to visit the public library with a parent or to build a model for a class topic; Pr 6-7 could be set specific tasks such as producing an oral presentation for class outlining their research on a chosen subject using IT e.g. Powerpoint Presentation.