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Homework Policy

Homework Policy

1. Purposes of Homework

Homework is an important component of the teaching-learning process. It aims to serve the following purposes:

  1. stimulate thinking and develop ideas, initiative and creativity;
  2. reinforce and deepen understanding of lessons taught;
  3. allow students to regularly practise, and apply skills and concepts taught; d. inculcate responsibility for independent learning and
  4. encourage partnership with parents

2. Types of Homework

Homework should be varied in type in accordance with the needs of pupils and the objectives of the lessons. There can be different types of homework for a variety of purposes. Common examples are:

  1. Practice Exercises:
    • Consolidation exercise e.g. maths, memorization of tables
    • Practising for mastery e.g. spelling words
    • Revising information about a current topic
    • Reading for pleasure
    • Essay writing
    • Drawing of pictures and diagram to summarize ideas and theories
  2. Preparatory Homework:
    • Background reading
    • Researching topics for a class unit of work
    • Collecting items/ Gather data e.g. geometric shapes.
  3. Extension Assignments:
    • Making or designing something e.g. an art work
    • Investigations e.g. Science, Social Studies, etc.
    • Researching e.g. history, local news
    • Collaborative Assignments like project work
    • IT-based Homework

3. Approximate Time

The table below, showing the approximate daily homework time for pupils, serves only as a guide. All homework includes reading as mandatory component.

Monday to Friday

Saturday to Sunday

Class

Duration Per Day

Duration Per Day (Mother Tongue)

Duration of Homework*

P1

30 min to 1 h

30 min

2 h – 2 h 30 min

P2

30 min to 1 h

30 min

2 h – 2 h 30 min

P3

1 h to 2 h

30 min to 45 min

2 h 30 min – 3 h 30 min

P4

1 h to 2 h

30 min to 45 min

2 h 30 min – 3 h 30 min

P5#

2 h to 2 h 30 min

45 min to 1 h 30 min

2 h 30 min – 4 h

P6#

2 h to 2 h 30 min

45 min to 1 h 30 min

2 h 30 min – 4 h

* include homework that promotes partnership
# Additional homework time for Higher Mother Tongue

4. Communication with Parents/Guardians

  • Teachers will inform parents and pupils of the homework given via the ESchool.sg portal (http://aps.eschool.sg/Login/Login.aspx)
  • Homework may also be recorded by the pupil in the Pupils’ Companion and messages can be recorded by the teacher(s) and parents as well.
  • Parents are requested to inform the teacher if their children are having dif culty with homework given.
  • If homework cannot be completed within the estimated duration of time given, do allow some extra time of about 10 mins. If the homework is still incomplete, the pupil should offer a valid reason to their teachers.
  • If a pupil repeatedly fails to do homework, the teacher will contact the parent to discuss the problem.

5. Good Homework Practices

  • Select a well-lit, comfortable and quiet spot in your home and make it a designated homework area.
  • Ensure that the necessary stationery is available.
  • Establish routine study hours
  • Encourage your child to complete homework given on time.
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