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1. PURPOSE OF HOMEWORK
Homework is an important component of the teaching-learning process. It aims to serve the following purposes:
- Reinforce and support learning
- Encourage pupils to work independently
- Inculcate responsibility
2. TYPES OF HOMEWORK
Homework is varied in type in accordance with the needs of pupils and the objectives of the subject. Some ideas for effective homework could include the following:
- Complete class unfinished work.
- Revise what was taught in class.
- Learn Spelling.
- Solve problems.
- Write compositions.
- Assemble a model of something (e.g. a car) to learn more about its structure.
- Collect newspaper cuttings.
- Explore further knowledge by looking up reference materials.
- Do research (e.g. going to the supermarket to learn about different types of food).
- Draw pictures to summarize ideas and theories.
- Engage in projects.
- Follow-up case studies.
3. AMOUNT OF HOWEWORK**
- Not more than 3 pieces of work (excluding Mother Tongue homework) each day and not more than 2 hours for a weekend.
- Not more than 1.5 hours of work on days where pupils have supplementary lessons.
- No homework will be given during festive seasons.
- Spelling, tests and examinations will not be conducted the day after festive days.
** For Primary 6 pupils, the amount of homework and the time needed to complete it is likely to exceed the guidelines stipulated.
- Teacher to write the homework given on the whiteboard, under the homework column, and give pupils time to copy them into the Pupils’ Companion.
- Last period teacher should get elbow buddies to check Pupils’ companion just before dismissal to ensure that all the homework have been written in it.
- Indicate the homework submission date if homework is not to be handed in the following day.
- Parents are requested to inform the teacher if their children are having difficulty with homework set.
- If homework is not submitted, the pupil should offer a valid reason.
- If a pupil repeatedly fails to submit homework, the teacher will contact the parent to discuss the problem.
5. GOOD HOMEWORK PRACTICES TO INCULCATE IN THE PUPILS
- Establish routine study hours.
- Find an appropriate place and make it a designated homework area.
- Put the homework back into the bag immediately after completing the work