Homework is an opportunity for you to participate in your child’s education. Homework complements and reinforces classroom learning and fosters lifelong study habits.

Teachers usually advise you of homework expectations at the beginning of the year and you may request a copy of the school’s homework policy.

The homework set for your child will vary depending on their age and the subject. The degree of difficulty and length of homework will also be set according to the age and abilities of the student.

Types of homework include:

Practice exercises

Practice exercises provide your child with opportunities to apply new knowledge, or to review, revise and reinforce newly acquired skills. They include:

  • completing maths exercises
  • practising spelling
  • reading
  • writing and other creative tasks
  • practising and playing musical instruments
  • practising physical education skills.

Preparatory homework

Preparatory homework provides opportunities for your child to gain background information so they are better prepared for future lessons. For example:

  • reading English texts for class discussion
  • researching topics for class work
  • collecting newspaper articles
  • revising information about a current topic.

Extension assignments

Extension assignments encourage your child to pursue knowledge individually and imaginatively. For example:

  • writing a book review
  • making or designing an artwork
  • completing science exercises
  • researching local news
  • finding material on the internet..

How parents can help

Some ways you can help your child with their homework:

  • encourage a regular daily time to complete homework
  • discuss key questions or suggest resources to help with homework
  • help to balance time spent between homework and recreational activities
  • acknowledge your child’s success
  • attend school events, productions or displays your child is involved in
  • talk to teachers to discuss problems with homework
  • check whether homework has been set and encourage your child to keep a homework diary.