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Homework Policy

Task force was set up for the following purposes: 

  • To study the existing homework policy and practices, and surface critical issues that need to be addressed;
  • To identify and consolidate best practices among teaching staff in the management of homework load; and
  • To propose a revised policy guidelines on homework in the school

 

Homework Considerations

  • Why is it a necessity
  • Guiding Principles:
  • Existing Policy
  • Policies for Holidays/Long Weekends
  • Considerations for P5 & P6 pupils
  • How can the different subjects coordinate and ensure an appropriate homework load? 

 

What is homework?

  • Homework refers to any learning activity that pupils are required to do by the school to complete outside of curriculum time.
  • Homework is an important part of our pupils’ holistic development in becoming life-long learners. 

 

Why is homework a necessity ?

 

  • Effective use of homework enables pupils to: 
    • retain knowledge better ;
    • be more skillful in application of skills and concepts ;
    • deepen their conceptual understanding ;
    • develop good study habits and skills, such as time management, self-evaluation and self direction ;and
    • take greater ownership and responsibility for independent learning. 
       
  • Judicious use of homework allows teachers to: 
    • consolidate learning that has taken place in class ;
    • check for pupils’ understanding and progress, so as to provide timely feedback, intervention and support ; and
    • review effectiveness of lesson. 
       
  • Homework provides parents with:
    • timely information on the learning progress of their children ; and
    • opportunity to be involved in their children’s learning. 


Guiding Principles

  • Level of Difficulty
  • Quality of Homework
  • Amount of homework/Time spent
  • Tracking
  • Degree of Flexibility


Level of Difficulty

  • Homework should be appropriate to pupils’ abilities and be within their developmental readiness. 
  • As such, there would be differentiated homework given to pupils of different abilities. 


Quality of homework

  • Homework must be  well-thought through and quality in nature. 
  • A well-designed homework should: 
    • be purposeful and encourage critical thinking;
    • be worth doing and related to class teaching;
    • be explicit and clearly defined so that pupils clearly understand what is required of them; and
    • involve the use of only material resources that are known to be readily available to pupils; 


Amount of homework / Time spent


  • The specific amount of homework are generally based on pupil needs. 
  • The quantity of homework assigned take into consideration the following:
    • Adequate time for family bonding, social activities, personal interests and rest;
    • Age-appropriate and take into account the competing demands on pupils’ time ;
    • Coordination of assigning homework; 
    • Differentiation by academic courses or ability level.
  • Time spent on homework varies from level to level.
  • Teachers follow a set of guidelines when giving homework to pupils. 
  • There is flexibility for EMS teachers to give more than the norm if coordination is done among the class subject teachers.
  • For non-examinable subjects (HE, SS, etc),  subject teachers will give pupils at least one week to complete their work


Tracking of homework

  • Use of homework board - All assignments are written on the board (in the homework column), specified with the issued and due date. 


Flexibility

  • Teachers will set realistic deadline for homework given. 
  • If pupils are not able to complete the homework by the due date due to good reason, they should inform the teachers. 


Spelling and composition for EL & MT: 


Component

English

MT Languages

Spelling

Wednesday

Monday or Friday 

Composition

No fixed day for composition for EL and MT. If composition homework is given, teachers will not give additional homework for EL/MT. Pupils must practice finishing a piece of composition in one seating.



Homework during festive period

  • No homework should be given during festive holidays during term time, e.g. Chinese New Year, Deepavali and Hari Raya Puasa. 


Homework during examination period

  • Teachers will be mindful not to overload pupils with homework and practice papers in the week before Summative Assessments  
  • Pupils are to use the time to revise for their subject examinations. 


Homework during school term holidays

  • Pupils will be given some homework assignments for revision purposes


Consequences if pupils do not complete and/or submit homework 


  • Teachers will: 
  • Write in pupils’ handbook and get parents to acknowledge. 
  • Call parents after three occasions of not submitting/ completing homework.
  • For errant cases,  teachers will take necessary actions to get pupils to stay behind for detention during recess or after school. Parents will be duly informed.  
  • For extreme cases, teachers to make referrals to the discipline mistress.


ROLE OF PARENTS


Parents can consider doing the following to support their children in their learning:

  • Check the Pupil’s Handbook daily to view the homework assignments for the day. 
  • Reinforce expectations for the quality of work and monitor their children’s homework. 
  • Ensure that all assignments are completed by the due date.
  • Ensure that their children’s bags are packed according to the timetable 
  • Guide their children to set aside a regular study time and establish good study habits. 
  • Consult the teachers on their children’s progress. 


ROLE OF PUPILS 


Pupils should:

  • Write down the homework assignments in the Pupil’s Handbook, listing the subjects and due dates. 
  • Get the homework and make sure that they understand what needs to be done for all the given homework assignments. 
  • Maintain the highest quality work, complete all homework assignments accurately and to turn them in by the due date. 
  • Make necessary corrections on the returned homework and reflect on the teacher's evaluation of homework assignments.
  • Be responsible for getting the homework assignments if they are absent from school. 
  • Organise their textbooks, workbooks, worksheets and files systematically.