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:
  • Practice - repeated use of skill until it becomes automatic or mastered and can be used in a variety of settings
  • Preview examine material before study to develop a framework for linking, storing and learning new information
  • Review - relook at information and skills to reinforce learning or to recall knowledge & skills acquired previously.
  • 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 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 childs 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.

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