Homework is an integral part of learning and teaching, it provides the opportunity for the development of self discipline, self confidence and participation in taking responsibility for learning by your child. It also strengthens the link between home and school in providing an opportunity for parents and carers to share in the learning process. Homework can take many forms and will reflect the age, stage and area of learning currently being undertaken by your child. It will be issued on a regular basis and will be varied, meaningful and interesting.
Ralston Primary School has a homework policy based on Renfrewshire Council’s policy and guidance. You can request a copy of this policy from the school office. Homework is considered a learning activity related to the experience gained within the school and should be used to supplement and enrich he work of the classroom. In the early stages, homework will consist of reading, maths and language activities, where parental help is encouraged and welcomed. This fosters an interest in reading and enhances talking and listening.
A homework jotter facilitates the daily contact between school and parents. Both teachers and parents are encouraged to write comments. A letter of guidance about homework tasks is attached to the front page of the homework jotter. As our pupils get older, homework is used to encourage pupils to manage their time, integrate learning by using a variety of sources of information and established discipline of self-motivation, preparing them for the greater depth of study to be encouraged in Secondary Education. Homework should not exceed 10 to 15 minutes for Primary 1 to 3, 15 to 20 minutes for primary 4 and 5, or 20 to 30 minutes for Primary 6 and 7 pupils each evening.