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Homework Guidelines

Homework Guidelines @ Concord Primary School

Rationale

In Concord Primary School, we believe in the value of homework to help our students consolidate their knowledge and skills, cultivate lifelong good study habits and positive work ethics, and foster self-directed learning. The main aim of this policy is to outline some guiding principles and measures to ensure the effective use of homework as complementary learning activities in tandem with the curriculum taught in school.

Guiding Principles

Homework is any learning activity that is deemed beneficial for the students’ learning and is required to be completed outside school curriculum hours. Homework plays an important role in the holistic development of the students. The types and purposes of homework designed and disseminated are as follow:

Type

Purpose

Examples of Homework

Preparation

Provide opportunities for students to gain background information on a unit of study so as to be better prepared for the coming lessons.

  • Background reading
  • Research-based work

Extension

Provide opportunities for students to pursue knowledge collaboratively and independently so as to build on their prior knowledge and allow for the application of higher-order thinking.

  • Project-based work
  • Creative writing
  • Non-routine tasks

Practice

Provide opportunities for students to reinforce learning or consolidate newly acquired skills or knowledge so as to facilitate the retention of facts and understanding of concepts.

  • Workbook exercises, revision exercises
  • Learning of spelling, multiplication tables, etc.
  • ICT based platforms e.g. SLS, Koobits, etc.

Role of Parents

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

  • Create a home environment free from distraction, conducive for studying and completion of homework; with good light and space for studying.
  • Set a regular study timetable each day with a definite beginning and ending time.
  • Check your child’s Student Handbook for the daily list of homework and supervise he/she in completing the homework.
  • Ensure your child’s timely completion and punctual submission of homework and to complete the school homework before doing tuition work (if any).
  • Allow your child to complete his/her work independently, where possible.
  • Be mindful not to overload your child with too many out-of-school activities
  • Work in partnership with teachers to support your child’s learning and development. Consult teachers on your child’s progress (if needed).

We seek the understanding, support and collaboration of parents as our partners-in-education to ensure that homework is seen as an important component in the teaching and learning process.

Role of Students

In order to attain the full benefits from the homework assigned, students should do the following on a daily basis:

  • Refer to the whiteboard in the classroom for the homework and record in Student Handbook.
  • Seek clarification and/or help on the completion of the given homework (if needed).
  • Organise textbooks/workbooks, worksheets and files systematically to ease retrieval of homework
  • Ensure that the homework is brought home to be completed and not left in school.
  • Complete homework following a study timetable at home.
  • Have a neat study area at home, which is away from distractions such as the television and the computer.
  • Complete unfinished classwork and corrections at home if unable to do so during school curriculum hours.
  • Submit completed homework punctually to teachers.

Non-Submission and/or Non-Completion of Homework

Teachers will work with students to find out the reasons for any non-submission and/or non-completion of homework. If need be, a parent-teacher conference will be arranged. If the child is medically excused from school for an extended length of time, arrangements can be made on how the child can be supported with homework and other areas of academic needs.

Considerations on Daily and Holiday Homework

In ensuring students’ wellbeing, the school has taken into account the estimated amount of time that students would need to complete their homework on a typical school day and during the weekends. Some students may require less or more time, depending on their individual learning needs and styles.

Homework will not be given over festive periods during term time, e.g. Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa and Deepavali.

During the school holidays (i.e. March, June & Nov-Dec) and the PSLE Marking Exercise, homework may be issued. The school has taken into account the estimated amount of time for students would need to complete their homework during each period. Students are strongly encouraged to engage in reading and self-directed learning during the school holidays to keep themselves meaningfully occupied.