Sunday, December 27, 2009

Homework

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Labor school believes that homework is a valuable and essential part of a pupil's learning. Homework will be set regularly and pupils encouraged to establish good homework habits from the beginning of their career at Labor School.
Homework refers to any work or activity which pupils are asked to undertake outside lesson time, either on their own or with their parents or carers. The nature, type and length of homework will vary according to the age of the pupil and the subject.

Labor school recognises that pupils may be involved in a wide range of other valuable activities after school such as sport, music, languages and after-school activities of all kinds. Our homework policy is designed to enable such activities to take place alongside the enhancement of academic study.
Homework will take a variety of forms, these include Extended Homework Tasks, Learning or Memorising, Practical Work, Reading, Redrafting, Research, Revising, Problem Solving, Watching and Writing.
Teachers will always allow a reasonable amount of time for homework to be completed. Pupils will need to manage their time so that they do some homework each evening.
The amount of homework expected from students will gradually increase as they move through the school. The precise time will vary with the nature of the work and the working habits of the individual student. As a guide, Primary students should expect to spend a minimum time on homework of 2 hours a day, five days a week, while Secondary students can expect to spend between 2 or 3 hours a day, five or six days a week.
The aim of homework
To encourage individual learning for students, to develop the skills, confidence and motivation needed to study effectively on their own.
To consolidate, reinforce skills and understanding developed in lessons and provide an opportunity to practise new skills and further develop knowledge.
To enable students to extend their school learning.
To manage the particular demands of examination work (Avaliación de Diagnóstico) in 4th Primary and 2nd ESO.
To involve parents and carers in the management of students' learning and keeping them informed about the work pupils are doing.
Students' responsibilities
The prime responsibility for completing homework lies with the individual student.
Students should always carry their School Diaries with them.
Students should record that homework has been set even if they have written it in detail in their exercise book.
Students must keep deadlines.
If students are absent, they need to find out what work has been missed and catch up on it. BEING AWAY ON THE DAY THAT HOMEWORK IS SET IS NOT AN EXCUSE FOR NOT DOING IT.
Problems with homework should be resolved before the deadline. If necessary students should see the member of staff concerned for help.
Students should take a pride in doing their best.
Classroom Expectations
I shall:
Arrive on time
Take off my coat
Come prepared to learn
Bring all the correct equipment
Do exactly as the teacher asks of me first time
Respect others and their property
Put up my hand to ask and answer questions
Role of parents
Parents should support pupils with their homework but accept that their role will become less and less important as pupils become more responsible and independent.
Parents should make it clear to pupils that they value homework and support the school in explaining how it can help them to progress.
Parents should encourage pupils and praise them when homework is completed.
Parents should encourage pupils to meet homework deadlines.
Parents should try and provide a reasonable place where pupils can work or encourage them to make use of the school's facilities.
Parents should check the School Diary regularly.
Parents are encouraged to use the School Diary to inform staff of any issues regarding homework.


If parents feel that insufficient or too much homework is being set, they should contact the tutor who will investigate the situation.


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