Hedgestown National School

Homework Policy

Homework is given on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays but not on Fridays with certain exceptions:

  • If homework has been neglected during the week

  • In senior classes some project work is undertaken at weekends

Occasionally, at the discretion of the class teacher or the principal children are given ‘homework off’ as a treat or as an acknowledgement of some special occasion.

  • Parents/guardians of children from  1st class to  5th class are required to sign homework notebook each night.

  • Parents/guardians are requested to inform the teacher if for any reason a child cannot complete their homework.

Guideline target times for homework are as follows

  1. Junior infants / Senior infants      10 minutes

  2. 1st. and 2nd. classes                   20 -30 minutes

  3. 3rd and 4th. classes                     30 -45 minutes

  4. 5th. and 6th classes                     45 -60 minutes


Children are encouraged to read for 10 minutes each night.

Homework fosters independence, self reliance, self esteem, co-operation and responsibility and life long learning. It is an essential part of primary education as it re-enforces what children learn in school. It provides a link between teacher and parent and encourages parental involvement in their child’s education.

In general homework is meant to be achievable by a child working on their own to the best of their ability. It is normally prepared by the teacher in class. It can be used to practice what is done in school or can be designed to challenge children’s ability and provide opportunities for creativity.

Homework Content.

Usually homework  contains a balance between reading tasks,learning tasks and written tasks.this balance is not always possible and can vary considerably from day to day.However,it should be noted that homework time devoted to reading and learning is as important as written work.

Homework will regularly contain reading, spelling, tables, written work, pieces to be learned “by heart”, drawing/colouring, collecting information/items, and finishing work started in class. Children often feel that reading and ‘learning by heart’ is not real homework. Parents can play an important role in listening to reading and items to be learned, ensuring this work is done well.