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1. Definition of Homework
1.1 Homework refers to any learning activity that students are required by the school to complete outside of curriculum time. This includes assignments and projects but not revision of school work or studying for tests and examinations.
2. Objectives of Homework
2.1 Enable students to:
(a) reinforce learning and deepen understanding of lessons taught;(b) to regularly practise, and apply skills and concepts taught;(c) develop good study skills and habits; and(d) take greater ownership and responsibility for independent learning.
2.2 Enable teachers to:
(a) consolidate learning that has taken place in class;(b) check for students’ understanding and progress, so as to provide timely feedback, intervention and support; and(c) review effectiveness of lesson.
2.3 Enable parents to:
(a) have timely information on the learning progress of their child; and(b) have an opportunity to be involved in the child’s learning.
3. Key Considerations for Homework Assignment
3.1 Homework assigned by teachers will take into account the following key considerations:
(a) For holistic development, students need a balanced life with adequate time for family bonding, social activities, personal interests and rest;(b) The amount of homework given should be age-appropriate and take into account the competing demands on students’ time (e.g. CCA, competitions, enrichment classes, tests, examinations);(c) There is a point of diminishing returns to giving more homework andhomework overload can have detrimental effects on learning;(d) Assignment of homework, if un-regulated and un-coordinated across subjects/departments, can lead to homework overload; and(e) Amount of homework assigned to students, where appropriate, should bedifferentiated, such as by academic courses or ability level.
3.2 The school will strive to ensure that homework assigned is reasonable and able to meet the holistic developmental and learning needs of the child.
3.3 The school will monitor and engage feedback from stakeholders periodically to understand issues and concerns, review processes and policy and take necessary intervention when needed to ensure that the holistic development needs of the child are met.
4. Key Expectations for students regarding Homework Assigned
4.1 Students will be expected to:
(a) Understand the purpose of homework and what is expected of them;(b) Keep track of homework instructions and deadlines;(c) Manage time well to ensure that homework is completed and submitted on time;(d) Give his/her best effort in completing homework;(e) Review feedback from teachers on homework submitted; and(f) Communicate with parents regarding their homework assignments.
4.2 Parents can support their child by :
(a) Creating a home environment conducive for studying and completion of homework;(b) Supervising and providing support for child’s learning;(c) Reinforcing good study habits and attitudes;(d) Being mindful of the stresses arising from school homework and out-of-school activities, and help their children prioritise their time among these activities; and(e) Working in partnership with teachers to support child’s learning and development.