Assumption English School Homework Policy
- Homework may be seen as a form of revision tool to guide students in consolidating their learning for the day.
- Homework when used appropriately, can improve students’ academic ability, study skills and disposition towards learning.
- Homework also serves as a good assessment for learning tool which will help both teachers and students to be aware of where the learning gaps are and to clarify the necessary concepts or skills.
OBJECTIVES FOR STUDENTS:
- Practice – the effective use of homework provides the necessary platform to achieve mastery in learning.
- Process – the effective use of homework enables students to reflect/ summarise/ deepen understanding of concepts discussed in class; think of questions to ask; apply skills or knowledge learnt and to synthesise information.
- Values – the effective use of homework develops good study habits and skills, such as time management and self-evaluation. It also allows for greater ownership and responsibility for independent learning.
OBJECTIVES FOR TEACHERS:
- Pre-learning – the effective use of homework enables teachers to find out prior knowledge of students or what they are interested in learning. It can also help teachers to determine students’ attitudes towards a subject area.
- Checking for understanding – the effective use of homework helps teachers gain insights into student learning, so as to provide feedback, intervention and support.
- Review effectiveness of lesson – the effective use of homework reveals the effectiveness of the lesson and allows teachers to reflect and improve the crafting and delivery of their lessons.
OBJECTIVES FOR PARENTS:
- Feedback on child’s learning – the effective use of homework provides timely information to parents of the learning progress of their child.
- Involvement in child’s learning - the effective use of homework provides parents with the opportunity to be involved in their child’s learning and this in turn helps to strengthen the parent-child relationship.
QUALITY OF HOMEWORK
Homework set should be
- well-designed to bring about the intended learning outcomes.
- interesting and purposeful.
- related to class teaching.
- clearly defined with a clear set of instructions so that students understand what is required of them.
- within the students’ capabilities and developmental readiness.
- using resources readily available to students.
- differentiated to meet the different needs and abilities of students.
QUANTITY OF HOMEWORK
Homework given should
- not overload the students as it can have detrimental effects on their learning and pursuit of a balanced lifestyle.
- be age-appropriate.
- be level-appropriate.
- have a reasonable deadline set, taking into account of school programmes/ events/ CCA involvement.
- be recorded clearly on the notice boards of every class in order for all subject teachers to be able to track the amount of homework given and to make the necessary adjustments to the quantity/ deadline if deemed excessive.
GUIDELINES FOR ESTIMATED TIME SPENT (IN HOURS) ON HOMEWORK:
|MONDAY - FRIDAY||MONDAY - SUNDAY|
|Lower Secondary||4 – 6 HOURS||5 - 7.5 HOURS|
|Upper Secondary||6 – 8 HOURS||7.5 – 10 HOURS|
ROLE OF STUDENTS:
- record all homework instructions for the task set and deadline in the student handbook.
- always refer to the homework notice boards for updates.
- attempt your best for all work given, including asking questions if in doubt and completing the corrections.
- ensure homework is handed in punctually to meet the deadlines.
- inform class/ subject teacher if you encounter difficulty in completing a piece of homework.
ROLE OF PARENTS:
- set a regular study time each day for revision and completion of homework.
- help your child to establish a study area, with good light, space and free from distractions.
- support and assist when your child faces difficulties in completing a piece of homework.
- contact the form/ subject teacher to update on your child’s difficulty in completing any task assigned.
Homework should be seen as a tool to help students achieve small successes in what they are learning through the year in order to find meaning and clarity to a particular subject area. An effective homework policy will require the support from all stakeholders – students, teachers and parents to foster a culture of learning towards exploration and discovery for the Lower Secondary students and one of mastery and application of concepts for the Upper Secondary.