Homework is designed to reinforce work taught in school.
General points for consideration by parents
Where homework is set its purpose and value should always be carefully considered and all necessary preparation should be made.
The approach to homework should reflect the organisation and content of work in the
classroom. Where groups have been engaged in different activities it is reasonable to
expect that any tasks set for homework will be different for each group and will reflect the children’s varying abilities.
In assessing what might reasonably be achieved by children at home teachers should
a the facilities and resources available to pupils out of school;
b the special difficulties which confront some children, eg. long journeys to and from school;
c the individual interests and abilities of the pupils.
LENGTH OF TIME FOR HOMEWORK
This will depend on the nature of the work set and the year group. P1 pupils - reading and letter/number formation and games involving parental participation, up to 15 minutes. P2 pupils - reading and introduction of a little more formal work in Literacy and Numeracy, up to 15 minutes. P3 pupils might be expected to spend about 15 - 20 minutes on homework. P4 pupils might be expected to spend about 20 - 30 minutes on homework. From P5 to P7, this time will be gradually increased as the pupils get older to a maximum of 45 minutes in P7.
Homework should be reduced during the summer term and should not be set for completion at week-ends or during school holidays.
P1 Reading and letter/number formation
P2 Reading + a little English / Maths (graded to suit ability of children)
P3-7 Reading/Spellings /Tables / English or Maths
These are cooked on the premises daily and parents may, if they so wish purchase a meal for their child. The school cook issues menus in advance.
Milk is also available daily for all children who wish to partake of this subsidised scheme. (Reception children are entitled to free milk).