As homework plays a vital part in your child’s progress in school, a policy has been formulated in Scoil Mhuire.

  1. All children from 1st Class upwards will take down their homework in a journal each day except Friday. Adequate time is given by teachers for taking it down.
  2. No Homework is assigned at weekends.
  3.  Homework is based on work that has been done in the classroom. It is based on concepts or ideas that have already been covered. It is essential for children to commit certain facts to memory e.g. tables, spellings, poetry, prayers etc. and it is important that these should be revised regularly at home as directed by the teacher.
  4. All homework is corrected and checked by the teacher.
  5. If  homework is not done on a particular night it is re-assigned for the following night accompanied with a note to the parents in the child's journal.
  6. If it is not done on the second night the child stays in the Waiting Room/Room A at lunchtime and completes the homework.
  7. If a child consistently neglects to complete homework a meeting may need to be arranged between the class teacher and the parents (see letter in policy)

How the parents can help:


1.      Reminding the child to do his/her homework at a suitable time – not at bedtime.

2.      Providing a suitable place where the child can work – away from the distraction of television etc.

3.      Ensure that each item listed in the homework journal is carefully done. It is most important that any oral work given is memorised as children often feel that it is enough to do written work. Emphasis on learning and research.

4.      Listen to oral work – spellings, tables, reading, prayers etc. Spend time with your child.

5.      Homework journals should be signed by a parent. Any comment or message written by the teacher should be noted.

6.      The following is a rough estimate of the maximum time which your child should spend on his/her assigned homework:

Junior and Senior Infants 20 minutes

1st Class 30 minutes

2nd Class 45 minutes

3rd, 4th and 5th Class 1 hour

6th Class 1 hour 15 minutes


            Your child’s success in school depends greatly on your co-operation with the school, particularly in the area of homework.