Homework Policy

Introductory Statement

The Board of Management of Cloonakilla National School acknowledges the position of homework in the life of the school. It sees homework having importance as a link in the chain of communication between school and home.  Parents can monitor the progress of their children through continual reference to homework and liaison with teachers. A forum for communication between child and parent.  Reinforcing the learning experienced by the child during the school day.
A policy ensures clarity as to the recommended time to be spent on homework. The school encourages the active involvement of parents in enabling their child to take responsibility and work independently. The Homework Policy of the school facilities these ideals.

Policy Content
It is the policy to assign appropriate class-related levels of homework as an important reinforcement in the learning process.
The following are general guidelines of homework to be administered to each class. They may vary from time to time.

Junior Infants: No formal homework but shared reading time, general conversation to develop oral skills and rhymes and games are all strongly recommended. Maths practice (Term 2).
Senior Infants: 0-15 minutes.  Reading and writing practice.
First Class: 0-20 minutes.  Reading, spellings, maths, tables and writing.
Second Class: 0-30 minutes.  English reading, Irish / English spellings, maths and tables.
Third Class: 0-45 minutes.Irish reading, English reading, spellings, tables and computation. Poetry and English written work.
Fourth Class: 0-45 minutes. Irish reading, English reading, spellings, tables and computation.  Irish/ English written work.
Fifth Class: One hour.  Irish reading, English reading, spellings, written work in English and Irish. Maths. Geography or history (occasionally).
Sixth Class: One hour. Irish reading, English reading, spellings, written work in English and Irish. Maths. Geography or history (occasionally).<

Homework is given from Mondays to Thursdays and generally is not given at weekends unless it has been neglected during the week, or unless in special circumstances such as projects or special assignments. Homework is not linked to behaviour but occasionally children are rewarded with reduced homework if they have worked/behaved well.
The Learning Support Teacher and the Resource Teacher may give homework as a reinforcement of their work.

If homework causes stress or worry to a child, parents are encouraged to convey these anxieties to the class teacher. If homework cannot be completed on a particular night, parents are asked to forward a written note. If homework is not completed, a child may be asked to finish it during break time at school. Parents are advised to supervise and check homework nightly.
The homework policy is open to on-going review and adjustment to accommodate feedback from pupils, parents and teachers. Feedback will be obtained directly from all parties as issues arise, from homework journals and through formal Parent/Teacher Meetings.

Chairman, Board of Management, Cloonakilla N.S.