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Homework provides an important link between home and school and reinforces what the pupil has learned during the day. It is important that parents take an interest in their children’s homework. By helping the child with homework and examining copybooks and spelling books parents can familiarise themselves with the work that is being done in the classroom and assess their child’s progress. However, in senior classes independence is encouraged.

Continuous problems with homework or spending too much time at it might indicate a problem and parents are encouraged to contact the school in such cases. If your child has major problems with homework, just sign the homework diary with a note saying he/she has made an effort and spent so much time at it. This will be accepted by each Class Teacher.

  • • Be positive and supportive
  • • Don’t lose patience
  • • Don’t do the work for your child
  • • Check reading, spellings and tables
  • • Check written work and sign it each night
  • The oral work is as important as the written work

Time Guidelines:

  • • Infants: 10 minutes (approx.)
  • • 1st & 2nd: 20-30 minutes (approx.)
  • • 3rd & 4th: 45 minutes (approx.)
  • • 5th & 6th: 1 hour (approx.)