School Homework Policy

Po On Commercial Association Wan Ho Kan Primary School


School Homework Policy

 

 

The Place of Homework in the Learning, Teaching and Assessment Cycle


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Effective use of homework can extend and consolidate students’ learning outside classroom, and help students deepen their understanding and construct knowledge. Meaningful homework also enables students to learn to take up their responsibility, build their confidence and develop their capabilities in independent learning.

 

 


Setting Meaningful Homework:


In setting meaningful homework, the following should be taken into account:


icon001 Well-defined goals: The homework given aligns with the school curriculum and has clear learning goals. A piece of homework should not contain too many concepts. In addition, the goals and requirements set for the homework should not be too hard or too easy but motivate students to do their best.


icon001When setting homework, teachers should provide sufficient guidance and explanation in order to ensure that every student understands the requirements and ways to complete the homework.


icon001A range of supportive programmes can be set up to help students with different needs. For example, “Graded worksheet”, “School-based teaching kits”, support measures for helping students with special needs or those who cannot catch up with the progress and homework guidance sessions before or after school can all positively support students in need.


icon001Currently, there is a wide variety of homework including worksheets, lesson preparation, note-taking, research, book reports, oral practice, newspaper clippings, drawing and handiwork. When formulating the homework policy, schools should draw on their previous experience and strike a balance between quality and quantity. Homework which helps to consolidate and facilitate learning should be given as much as possible. Excessive mechanical drills and copying such as copying texts or words and penmanship practice should be avoided in consideration of students’ levels and practical needs.

 

 

 

Different Kind of Homework


 

Subject


Different kind of homework

 

     Chinese Language     

 

  作業、補充作業、工作紙、毛筆書法、造句、隨筆、剪報、筆記、預習

 

     English Language    

 

  Writing, Workbook, Individual Writing, Worksheet, Journal, Reading, Supplementary exercises  

 

     Mathematics     

 

  Supplementary Exercises, Workbook, Worksheet, Homework book (A ) / (B)

 

     General Studies     

 

  Workbook, Worksheet, G.S self-study book, Newspaper clippings

 

 

 

Balance of Homework Quality and Quantity:


icon003A holistic homework policy should be formulated through collaboration between subject departments。


icon003Class teachers can check the amount of homework assigned by different subject teachers to avoid assigning too much homework on certain days.


icon003When formulating the homework policy, schools should draw on their previous experience and strike a balance between quality and quantity. Homework which helps to consolidate and facilitate learning should be given as much as possible. Excessive mechanical drills and copying such as copying texts or words and penmanship practice should be avoided in consideration of students’ levels and practical needs.


icon003Schools should flexibly arrange the timetable and encourage teachers to make effective use of double lessons, tutorials and class-teacher periods to guide students in completing some of their homework with a view to reducing their pressure and enabling them to enjoy more leisure time.

 

 

 

How can Parents help??


icon002Provide a good learning environment for your children. Removing possible distractions, e.g. turning off the television or the radio when your children are doing homework, helps your children stay focused on their work.


icon002Guide your children with prompts instead of giving direct answers. Offering too much help or even finishing the homework for them will only make them over-reliant and thus hinder the development of their self-directed learning skills.


icon002Encourage your children to work with their classmates. Group work such as compiling group reports, doing collaborative creative tasks or conducting projects provides children with the opportunities to learn how to communicate with one another, express their ideas and solve problems, thus enhancing their collaborative skills and cultivating their sense of responsibility.


icon002Avoid assigning excessive supplementary exercises to your children. Do not enroll your children in tutorial classes that stress mechanical drilling as this will reduce their interest in learning.


icon002Ensure a balanced physical and mental development of your children. Make sure your children have enough time for rest and activities that are good for the body and mind like leisure reading and sports.