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Homework

Homework is defined as any task assigned by school teachers intended for students to carry out during non-school hours designed to meet specific learning goals.


At St Michael’s Catholic Primary School we believe that homework can be a valuable part of schooling if it allows for practising and consolidating work done in class. Furthermore, it can assist students in developing habits of study, concentration and self-discipline.


The school acknowledges that students will also participate in a range of activities and have diverse experiences outside of school hours that may enhance their learning. Experiences and activities at home that help to create a rich learning environment for children are to be encouraged. They should not, however, be considered as homework as they are not assigned by the child’s teacher.


The class teacher is to assign homework on a weekly basis. Homework that involves work that needs to be returned to school and collected will be distributed to students on Friday and it is due on the following Friday. In determining the amount of time given to homework, it is based on the expectation that students complete homework 4 nights per week. Homework is not set for completion over the weekend. However, the school acknowledges that students and families have varied extra-curricular activities and that on some evenings the completion of homework is difficult. Thus, the completion of homework can be done on days and at times which suit the needs of particular students and their families. Reading homework is compulsory on Monday - Thursday. Where students are required to learn spelling words or Maths facts for a weekly quiz, that quiz will be held in class on Friday.

Kindergarten: (10 minutes)

5 minutes reading aloud

5 minutes practising sight words, counting, number facts, etc.

Year 1: (10 - 15 minutes)

5 - 10 minutes reading aloud

5 minutes learning spelling words, counting, learning number facts, etc.

Year 2: (15 - 20 minutes)

5 - 10 minutes reading aloud

5 minutes Maths revision (eg. mentals, problem solving)

5 minutes learning spelling words, learning number facts, etc.

Years 3 - 4: (20 - 30 minutes)

10 - 15 minutes reading silently and then retell to an adult what has been read (NB. Some students may still need to practise reading aloud to an adult)

10 minutes Maths revision (eg. mentals, problem solving)

5 minutes learning spelling words, learning number facts, times tables etc.

Years 5 - 6: (30 - 45 minutes)

15 minutes reading silently and then retell to an adult what has been read

10 minutes Maths revision (eg. mentals, problem solving)

10 minutes Comprehension involving writing answers in sentences

5 minutes learning spelling words, learning number facts, times tables, etc.


NB. The nature, extent and frequency of homework will have regard to the needs of individual children.