Homework Policy

St. Patrick’s N.S. School Policy on Homework.

This policy was devised in 2011. It has since been reviewed in 2015.

Homework is given as a means of revising and consolidating the work done in school. We would advise you to check your child’s work and remain in regular contact with the child’s teacher by signing homework as necessary.

The following points should also be noted with regards to homework.

  • Set aside a quiet regular time for homework.
  • The child should be sitting comfortably at the table.
  • Encourage your child to keep books and copies clean and tidy.
  • If your child is working independently, be available to help and show interest in what is being done. Praise your child’s efforts at every opportunity.
  • If your child is persistently having problems with homework, contact the class teacher and discuss the difficulties.
  • Homework Journals should be signed each night by parent or guardian. If for any reason homework cannot be done, let the class teacher know by writing a short note.
  • Do not allow children to watch T.V while doing homework.
  • If when working with your child you feel yourself becoming impatient, stop. Take a break. Homework should not be stressful for either parent or child.

While homework is given with the average child in the class in mind, obviously some children will get it completed more quickly than others. Remember that work completed quickly and carelessly is not work completed properly.

When considering the amount of time spent on homework, one must not include time spent on doing another unrelated activity e.g. wandering off to play. Time spent depends on the child’s concentration, ability and application.

Here follows the recommended homework times which should operate in normal circumstances and keeping the above guidelines in mind.

  • Junior & Senior infants – 15 to 20 mins max
  • 1st & 2nd Class – up to 30 min max
  • 3rd & 4th Class – up to 45 mins max
  • 5th & 6th Class – up to 1 hr max

Please stop when your child reaches the maximum time limit and record in journal for his/her teacher to see.


We have a policy of giving homework from Monday – Thursday. Weekends are homework free provided homework has been completed on Monday to Thursday.

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