Home and school play complementary roles in children’s learning. Nowhere is this more evident than in the area of homework. We hope that this homework policy will be of benefit to parents.
It is the policy of Scoil Náisiunta na Páirce to give homework on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights but not on Fridays. There are however certain exceptions in which homework may be given on Fridays:
If homework has been neglected during the week
In senior classes some project work may be undertaken over the weekend.
Occasionally, at the discretion of the class teacher or the principal, children are given ‘homework off’ as a treat or an acknowledgement of some special occasion.
Parents and guardians are requested to record in the pupil record booklet any reason why homework is not completed.
It is intended that homework is a reflection of work in the classroom and reinforcement of this work.
Homework provides a link between the teacher and parent and encourages parental involvement in their child’s education.
It is school policy to use homework journals to record homework. Homework journals should be monitored by parents and serve as a useful form of communication between home and school.
Usually homework consists of a balance between reading tasks, writing tasks and learning tasks. The balance will vary from day to day. However it should be noted that reading and learning tasks are equally important as written tasks.
Homework will regularly contain reading, spellings, tables, written work, pieces to be learned off by heart, drawing, colouring, collecting information and items and finishing off work started in class.
Children often feel that reading and ‘learning by heart’ is not real homework. Parents can play a vital role in their child’s education by listening to reading and other items of work be learned, thus ensuring that the work is done well.