Purpose of Setting Homework
Homework is set to:
- enable pupils to develop the skills to work independently outside school
- encourage good work habits and routines, for example, proper use of time, consistent effort, focused study skills
- reinforce and/or complete work started in class
- undertake or complete some homework activities with support at home
- revise for tests to monitor pupils’ progress and attainment
- prepare your daughter with the necessary skills and strategies to tackle homework when they enter secondary education.
In addition, we ensure the homework:
- supports the development of the pupil’s independence as a learner
- furthers the partnership between school and home
- avoids dependence on unreasonable levels of parental assistance or resources that are not readily available to the student;
- is set without impinging on reasonable time for family, recreational, cultural and other pursuits
- is balanced across learning areas so as to avoid stress and overloads
- is phased in gradually and consistently from when your daughter starts in year 3
- is consistently applied, monitored and assessed in a whole-school approach that is responsive to the needs of the pupils and learning area requirements
- is only to be used to facilitate the achievement of learning outcomes;
- forms part of a developmental learning programme
- is clearly relevant, supported by classroom practice and, where appropriate, developed in collaboration with pupils
- is disassociated from any form of punishing students or means of securing discipline.
The emphasis is on how homework helps your child to learn, rather than on whether it takes a certain amount of time. For example, some children will work quicker than others and get more done in less time.
The rough guidelines for primary school children are:
- Lower Juniors: Years 3 and 4: 1 ½ hours per week
- Upper Juniors: Years 5 and 6: ½ an hour per day
Your daughter should not be expected to spend much longer on homework than the guide times. It doesn’t matter if activities don’t take as long as the guide times as long as they are useful. We organise homework carefully so that children aren’t asked to do too much on any one day. We also expect your daughter to read quietly and independently every day.
All homework activities should be related to work that children are doing at school. Activities may include reading, finding out information, written research, practical learning, preparing a presentation to the class, making something, trying out a simple investigation.
The girls are issued with a homework diary in September.
We want the girls to use their diaries on a daily basis:
- to record all homework
- to plan the homework that they will do each afternoon or evening
- as a reminder to bring in essential equipment
The Homework Diary is also a useful tool:
- as a means of communication between the teacher and parents
- as a record of contact details and important dates
- to explain the purpose of homework and the types that can be expected to be given
- to record the consent given by parents/carers relating to local visits, use of the Internet and photograph permission
- to record absences
- as a reminder of our School Rules and Uniform Code
We would like parents/carers to read the Homework Diary regularly – in the company of their daughter so that they will be able to support her with her homework and sign the Homework Diary once a week.