Park ViEw Primary School
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
- 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.
- Level of Difficulty
- Quality of Homework
- Amount of homework/Time spent
- 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.
- 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:
Monday or Friday
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
- 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.