Principal’s January Letter 2018

 

 Annex B

Homework Policy

 Objective:

  1. The policy aims to outline the rationale, structure of administering homework as well as the consequential actions for students who fail to abide by the policy set out.

Value of Homework:

  1. The purpose of giving home assignments to students is to achieve the following:
  1. develop the self-discipline and confidence of students in doing work unassisted
  2. reinforce lessons learnt in school
  3. assess quality of learning
  4. prepare for lessons to be carried out in school

Through the process, students cultivate good study habits and positive work ethics.

  1. The types of home assignments that could be given include the following (non-exhaustive):
  1. workbooks
  2. worksheets
  3. readings
  4. projects
  5. research
  6. e-learning assessments (E-learning assignments in Term 2 and Term 4)
  7. revision papers
  1. The amount and frequency of assignments given to each student at different levels would depend on:
  1. learning needs
  2. curriculum
  3. subject
  4. levels (More homework is assigned as student is promoted)
  5. time of the year (More homework is assigned in Semester 2)
  1. As Languages, Mathematics and Science take more than 90% of curriculum time, these subjects would have corresponding greater amount of homework.

General Guidelines on Daily Homework:

  1. The school seeks to ensure students’ wellness by not overloading students with homework assignments. It adopts the following guidelines to manage the workload of students. The school and teachers have worked out an estimated amount of time that students would spend to complete their homework assignments daily.

 

Subjects (English, Math, Science, Mother Tongue)
Level Time
P1 30 minutes
P2 30 minutes
P3 1 hour
P4 1 hour
P5 2 hours (depend on the activities after school and excludes practice papers)
P6 2 hours (depend on the activities after school and excludes practice papers)

Inculcating the habit of doing homework

  1. In order to inculcate in our students the habit of completing and submitting their homework on time, the following practices are being carried out school-wide:
  1. use of the Student Diary (SD) to record homework as indicated on the whiteboard by teachers
  2. for Primary One and Two students, parents would be informed to check their child’s SD regularly for homework and teachers would monitor to ensure the habit is formed when young

Sanctions for Non-completion of Homework

Homework is an integral part of school life and it is the basic expectation for students to complete the assignments given.

  1. Students would be able to extend the deadline of submitting their homework based on the following valid reasons:
  1. not feeling well supported by documents (MC or Parents’ Letter)
  2. major family events (e.g. bereavement, birth of child etc.)
  3. other valid reasons on a case by case basis (e.g. special needs)

  1. Should students repeatedly fail to complete their homework, the teacher would contact parents for conferences to discuss follow up actions to bring about change in the student’s behaviour. Some actions may include:
  1. briefing student on the consequences of not handing homework on time
  2. partial staying back during recess to complete assignments
  3. closer monitoring by parents of the student’s PD
  4. loss of privilege (e.g. CCA time on Fridays, part of recess)
  5. referral to the Year Heads
  1. Whenever possible, homework assignments will not be given to those celebrating the festive seasons -– Chinese New Year, Deepavali and Hari Raya Puasa.
  1. Whenever possible, spelling activity or a test will also not be conducted on the school day after the festive period.
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