Homework is given in order to:
• establish good habits of home study and self-discipline;
• allow children to reinforce what they have learned in school;
• allow children to prepare for future work in school;
• provide information for parents;
• give parents the opportunity to become involved in and support their child’s learning.

Children in Primaries One to Three have reading, writing and/or mathematics tasks which should take approximately twenty minutes per evening (Monday – Thursday) to complete. On occasion, they have religious education homework or something to find out about in connection with environmental studies work.

The homework programme for children in Primaries Four to Seven incorporates all areas of the curriculum. The time allocation for Primaries Four to Seven is approximately thirty minutes per evening. Homework at weekends is not a feature of our policy.

Parents are asked to foster in their children an enjoyment of reading. This can be done by spending ten or fifteen minutes, perhaps three or four times per week, reading to their child or getting their child to read to them. Parents or interested adults, who can make this commitment, will be doing a great deal to enhance children’s learning.

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