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Homework Policy - Intersen Phases

The purpose of homework

•    An integral part of the daily school programme, homework is an aspect of the learner’s education.

•    It assumes that what is learnt at school is applied and practiced, so that a healthy approach to learning is

•    It reinforces the learner’s sense of worth by giving them opportunities to see what they can do, to learn their own possibilities and limitations.

•    A completion and consolidation of work started in the classroom.

•    Corrections of work evaluated in class.

•    Research for projects and assignments set by the teacher.

•    Revision of the work completed in the classroom.

•    To identify academic problem areas.

•    Developing the skill of time management.

•    Consolidation of Mathematical Literacy concepts, tables and revision of Mathematical examples.

Homework and the learner

•    Every learner is expected to copy down the daily homework in a homework diary.

•    It is the learner’s responsibility to complete assigned homework and to meet the deadlines set by the teacher for projects and research tasks.

•    Incomplete homework may result is a demerit and late projects and tasks will be penalized  by a loss of evaluation marks.

•    Learners who are absent from school are responsible for catching up on all work and homework completed during their absence.

•    Our education policy places a great emphasis on continuous assessment.  We encourage our learners to complete all projects and task to the best of their ability to attain maximum evaluation results.

Time Allocation

Grade Four

•    Learners should spend at least half an hour on active homework or revision daily.

Grade Five
•    15 Minutes of reading daily.
•    Three quarters of an hour on homework, tables reinforcement and study for weekly tests.

Grade Six

•    1 Hour daily to be spent on homework, consolidation of work and study for the weekly tests.

Grade Seven
•    2 Hours daily to be spent on homework, mathematics consolidation and study for weekly tests.

Parental Involvement

•    We encourage our parents to take an active interest in their children’s academics but not to complete homework or projects for their children.  This may lead to a wrong impression of the learner’s level on the part of the teacher and will result in a loss of evaluation marks.
•    We ask our parents to assume the responsibility of checking that all homework and projects have been completed.
•    In some grades and classes parents will be required to sign the learner’s homework book and weekly test book.  In this way parents can follow through the academic year.
•    The homework diary is an effective form of communication between the parent and the educators.