Saint Brigid’s National School, is a primary school situated in the centre of Greystones, Co. Wicklow. Our mission is to provide the highest quality education for all our children in a happy, safe and stimulating Christian environment, focusing on their academic, social, personal, moral and spiritual development to help them be the best they can be.

Homework

AUTUMN 2020

Please note, the homework policy is currently under review, in consultation with parents and staff.

The focus for teaching and learning for the month of September was Literacy, Numeracy and Wellbeing. We as a staff have decided that there would be no written homework for this month as the children adapt to the new routines of school. We see this as a great opportunity for parents to sit read as much as possible with their children. However, reading, tables, spellings will be given to older classes.

The success of this was such that this initiative was extended to October. ‘Headwork not homework’ became our motto.

Thank you to those of you who emailed us in relation to homework. From the feedback we have received to date, it would appear that the majority of parents are in favour of no written homework, (excluding project work) for now. This discussion is still ongoing. If you would still like to contribute to this discussion, there is still time for you to do so.

When we have reviewed all the responses and taken into account the research in this area and the considerations of the teachers, we will be back in touch.

HOMEWORK POLICY 2015

Junior and Senior Infants

Homework is given at the discretion of the teacher and is usually based around reading activities, e.g. learning nursery rhymes, practising words, listening to stories, etc.

First Class to Sixth Class

All pupils from First to Sixth class are required to have a homework notebook that parents are asked to sign each night.

Homework is given to children from Monday to Thursday.

The main objectives of giving homework are to:

    • support children in their learning;
    • help children to revise and consolidate class work;
    • encourage self-reliance & develop the habit of independent study;
    • form the basis for future study;
    • to enable parents to monitor their child’s progress; and
  • to provide opportunities for parents to be actively involved in their child’s learning.

Homework is not normally given on Fridays except in Sixth Class or if a child has not fulfilled his/her homework requirements during the week.

In general, the time a child spends on homework is as follows.

  • First Class         20 minutes
  • Second Class     20–30 minutes
  • Third Class        30–35 minutes
  • Fourth Class      40–45 minutes
  • Fifth Class         45–60 minutes
  • Sixth Class        An hour to an hour and 15 minutes

Pupils are allowed to leave the books that they do not require for homework in school, as long as they are stored neatly.

The school does not accept responsibility for pupils’ books left in school overnight.

Please note, our school insurance does not cover personal belongings or books left in school.

Click on this link to see a summary of our Homework Policy.