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Homework Policy

Homework Policy

1. Definition of Homework

Homework refers to any learning activity that students are required by the school to complete outside of curriculum time. This includes assignments and projects but not revision of school work or studying for tests and examinations.

2. Value of Homework

Homework enables pupils to practise the skills taught and process the information learnt, resulting in better understanding and retention of learning. Through homework assignments, pupils have the opportunity to learn outside the classroom and nurture greater self-discipline, time management and a sense of independence. In the process, pupils cultivate good study habits and positive work ethics.

3. Types of Homework

There are 4 different types of homework assigned:

  1. Practice – repeated use of skill until it becomes automatic or mastered and can be used in a variety of settings
  2. Preview – examine material before study to develop a framework for linking, storing and learning new information
  3. Review – relook at information and skills to reinforce learning or to recall knowledge & skills acquired previously
  4. Application – use practised, reviewed and learnt information in a manner that connects several types of information & skills.

4. Purpose of Homework

For Students

  • Reinforce students’ learning and deepen understanding of lessons taught
  • Allow students to regularly practise, and apply skills and concepts taught
  • Encourage greater ownership and responsibility for independent learning as well as retention of learning.
  • Students have the opportunity to learn outside the classroom & nurture greater self-discipline & time management.

For Teachers

  • Consolidate and review learning that has taken place in class
  • Check for students’ understanding and progress, so as to provide timely feedback, intervention and support

For Parents

  • Timely information on the learning progress of their child
  • Opportunity to be involved in the child’s learning

5. Role of Parents

Parents play an important part in the children’s education. Parents can consider doing the following to support their children in their learning:

  • Create a home environment conducive for studying and completion of homework
  • Supervise and provide support for child’s learning by checking the Student Diary daily to view the homework assignments for the day.
  • Spend time to go through your child’s school work.
  • Spend time to supervise your child in doing the homework assignments and learning through the homework assignments.
  • Reinforce good study habits and attitudes
  • Help your child to prioritise his time among these activities • Guide your child to set aside a regular study time and establish good study habits.
  • Guide your child to set aside a regular study time and establish good study habits.
  • Do not do the work for your child, if you want your child to learn.
  • Work in partnership with teachers to support your child’s learning and development

6. Role of Students

In order to benefit maximally from the value of homework, students should do the following on a daily basis:

  • Keep track of homework instructions and deadlines by referring to the whiteboard in the classroom & recording the homework assignments in the Student’s Diary.
  • Make sure that they understand what needs to be done and ensure that all homework assignments are brought home to be completed and not left in school.
  • Have a home study timetable.
  • Have a neat study area at home which is away from distractions such as the television and the computer.
  • Manage time well to ensure that homework is completed and submitted on time.
  • Organize their textbooks, workbooks, worksheets and files systematically.
  • Do not be afraid to seek help from classmates, friends or teachers if they face any difficulty.

7. Role of Teachers

  • • Design appropriate and meaningful homework
  • • Set realistic deadlines for submission of homework
  • • Establish and communicate clear expectations to students on the purpose and procedure of homework
  • • Check homework and provide timely feedback to students

8. General Guidelines on Daily homework

The school seeks to ensure pupils’ wellness by not overloading pupils with homework assignments. It adopts the following guidelines to manage the workload of pupils.

1. The school and teachers have worked out an estimated amount of time that pupils would spend to complete their homework assignments daily. This is just an estimate and some students may require less or more time depending on individual learning needs and styles. This serves only as a guide

Level
Estimated Time Spent on Homework Daily

P1

30 minutes to 1 hour

P2

30 minutes to 1 hour

No homework for P1 & P2 on Thursday

P3

1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes

P4

1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes

P5

1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours

P6

1hour 30 minutes to 2 hours

 

Graduating classes need more full paper practice: Flexibilities could be applied in instances such as when students are being prepared for examinations such as PSLE, when an assignment requires more time for completion than indicated.

2. In addition, pupils who are not able to finish the work set in class will also need to complete it at home. All homework includes reading as mandatory component.

3. Pupils may be tasked to read some materials or write a journal at home. This should not be more than twice a week.

4. Homework will include work assigned on online software, Learnlogy.com, MConline & star reading.

5. English and Mother Tongue Spelling will not be conducted on the same day. If there is a public or school holiday, spelling will be postponed to the next school day.

9. Other Guidelines on Homework

1. During the school holidays and the PSLE Marking Exercise, homework assignments will be issued. The school and teachers have worked out an estimated amount of time that pupils would spend on each subject during the duration.

Period
Estimated Time Spent on Homework
Week Ends 30 minutes to one hour for P1 & P2
1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes for P3 & P4
1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours for P5 & P6.
School Holidays 45 minutes per subject  for P1 & P2
1 hour per subject for P3 & P4
1 hour 30 minutes per subject  for P5 & P6
PSLE Marking Exercise 45 mins per subject  for P1 & P2
1 hour per subject for P3 & P4
1 hour 30 minutes per subject  for P5 & P6

 

Homework assignments will not be given over festive periods during term time e.g. Chinese New year, Deepavali, Hari Raya Puasa. A spelling activity or a test will also not be conducted on the school day after the festive period.

10. Partnership with Parents

The school believes in the value of homework to help students consolidate their knowledge and skills and cultivate lifelong habits of independent and self-directed learning. We seek the understanding, support and collaboration of parents as partners in education to ensure that homework works for their children and our students.

To inculcate a sense of responsibility in our students, we will follow up on non–completion of homework to ensure that value inculcation and maximum benefits are derived as indicated in the flow chart shown below

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