OBJECTIVES AND 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. Homework also provides parents with timely information on the learning progress of their child and the opportunity to be involved in the child’s learning.
ROLE OF TEACHERS
In order to benefit the pupils in their learning, teachers will
- 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;
- coordinate with other teachers of the class on the frequency and quantity of homework to be given;
- check homework and provide timely feedback to students;
- provide timely intervention and support to students; and
- engage parents on homework matters and provide them with information pertaining to students’ learning progress.
ROLE OF PUPILS
In order to benefit maximally from the value of homework, pupils should do the following on a daily basis.
- Refer to the whiteboard in the classroom for the homework assignments.
- Record the homework assignments in the Pupil’s Diary
- Make sure that they understand what needs to be done for all the given homework assignments.
- Do not be afraid to seek help from classmates, friends or teachers if they face any difficulty.
- Organize their textbooks, workbooks, worksheets and files systematically.
- Ensure that the 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.
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.
- Check the child’s Pupil’s Diary daily to view the homework assignments for the day.
- Spend time going through your child’s school work.
- Spend time supervising your child in doing the homework assignments and learning through the homework assignments.
- Remind your child to complete the school homework before doing tuition work (if any).
- Do not do the work for your child, as you would want your child to learn.
- Guide your child to set aside a regular study time and establish good study habits.
- Work in partnership with teachers and consult teachers on your child’s progress.
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.
- The school and teachers have worked out an estimated amount of time that pupils would spend to complete their homework assignments daily.
Time spent on Daily Homework (Mon – Fri)
|Pr 1 & 2||1 hour|
|Pr 3 & 4||1.5 hours (20 mins assignment
|Pr 5 & 6||2 hours (30 mins assignment
- In addition, pupils who are not able to finish the work set in class will also need to complete it at home but it will not be included in the estimated time.
- Spelling for different subjects will be conducted on the following days:
English – Tues (All Levels)
MT – Wed (All levels)
Math (P1 to P3) – Fri
Science (P3 – P6) – dependent on time-table (Mon, Thurs, Fri)
If there is a public or school holiday, spelling will be postponed to the next school day.
- During the school holidays and the PSLE Marking Exercise, homework will be assigned. The school and teachers have worked out an estimated amount of time that pupils would spend on each subject during the duration.
Spent on Homework for each Subject
|March Holidays||1 hour 30 minutes per
|June Holidays||2 hours per subject|
|September Holidays||1 hour 30 minutes per
|PSLE Marking Exercise||1 hour 30 minutes per
- To allow students to take a break from formal learning and enjoy bonding time with their families. Homework assignments will not be given during festive holidays ie. Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa and Deepavali. A spelling activity or a test will also not be conducted on the school day after the festive period.
- Teachers are mindful that pupils will not be overloaded with homework and practice papers in the week before Semestral Assessment (SA1 and SA2). Pupils are to use the time to revise for their subject examinations.
PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTS
The school believes in the value of homework to help pupils 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 our partners in education to ensure that homework works for their children.