Homework Policy

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PYP Homework Policy

 

We believe that homework is an integral part of the teaching- learning process. Below are the homework procedures implemented in Grades 1–5.

  • Objectives

Homework assignments are regarded as formative assessment. They are considered as an essential part of the educational process.

The main purposes generally associated with homework assignments are as follows:

  • To give students a chance to review and practice what they have learned.
  • To strengthen students’ sense of responsibility.
  • To provide parents with insights into what is being taught in the classroom and the progress of their children.
  • To help students develop time management, study and organizational skills.
  • To provide students with the opportunity to apply information they have learned, and skills they have acquired, complete unfinished class assignments, and develop independence.

 

  • Definition of homework assignments

Homework assignments are tasks assigned to students by their teachers and are expected to be carried out during non- school hours.

 

  • Types of homework
  • Practice exercises: These allow students to apply new knowledge or review, revise, and reinforce newly-acquired skills.
  • Preparation homework: This introduces material that will be presented in future lessons but does not require mastery of information.

The goal of preparation homework is to lay groundwork for an upcoming lesson.

This type of work is most often reading, but it can also consist of library or internet research, completing a worksheet, gathering a number of items from home to bring to class, or answering questions designed to get the student thinking about a specific topic.

  • Extension homework: It asks students to go beyond the straightforward skills or facts they have learned in class. It allows students to apply what has been learned in new ways, aiming at the production of something new.
  • Creative/Integration homework: requires the student to apply many different skills to a single task. Book reports, term papers and research projects are good examples of creative homework. This type of homework typically requires a number of days or even weeks to complete and allows the students an avenue for creative self- expression. Creative homework is a good opportunity for students to apply cross-curricular skills as they may bring together learning from more than one academic field. Example: Producing a storybook, writing a story and redesigning the story cover and illustrations.

 

 

 

 

  • Homework Responsibilities

Homework is most beneficial when teachers’ expectations are well communicated; students take responsibility for their homework, and parents support these efforts. The responsibilities of teachers, students and parents with regards to homework are as follows:

  • Teachers’ responsibility

It is the class teacher’s responsibility to inform students of KAS homework procedures.

All teachers are responsible to:

  • state clearly in writing the objectives of any given task.
  • state clearly how students work will be assessed.
  • assign relevant meaningful homework that reinforces classroom learning.
  • avoid routine assignments.
  • give students sufficient time to complete their homework, taking into account homework set by other teachers.
  • For creative assignments, Grade level teachers are required to plan collaboratively and on a monthly basis  an assignment that allows students to bring together learning from more than one academic field.
  • check regularly assigned homework ensuring that feedback given to students is:
  • Clear and positive.
  • Descriptive in terms of criteria and teachers’ comments on how work can be improved.
  • maintain homework records.

 

  • Time spent on homework

Actual time required to complete assignments will vary with each student’s study habits, academic skills and capabilities. If the child is spending unreasonable amounts of time on homework, parents should contact the school.

 

  • Grace period for absence

Students who miss meeting the assignments’ deadline due to illness or family emergency will have the opportunity to make up for the missed work. Teachers and students will agree upon a due date.

 

 

MYP Homework Policy

Homework is a necessary adjunct to classroom teaching, and all students can expect to receive homework on a regular basis. Homework is intended to reinforce work covered in class and to help students develop important habits of self-discipline, organization and self-reliance. Homework assignments are given to prepare students for the next day’s lesson or to offer students the opportunity to practice newly-acquired skills. Homework assignments are developed in keeping with the IB MYP framework and serve an important purpose in developing students’ ATL skills and personal responsibility within the IB MYP and beyond. MYP assignments such as reports and projects take many weeks of careful planning and good organization on the part of the student.

The amount of homework given will vary across the school; as a general rule, Grade 6 (MYP1) students can expect approximately 5-7 hours of homework each week, Grade 7 (MYP2) students 6-8 hours and Grade 8 (MYP3) students 8-10 hours; and Grades 9 and 10 (MYP4 and 5) can expect up to 15 hours. The school does not operate a strict homework timetable for students but does offer a suggested schedule that students can use to allocate time to their work. In line with our policy of fostering independent learning and striving to develop the dispositions of the IB Learner Profile, we promote a collaborative approach to the setting of homework, through which teachers will plan homework schedules at regular curriculum planning meetings and will, as appropriate, involve students in the setting of deadlines. Students are responsible for organizing their time appropriately to manage long-term projects and communicating with their teachers when problems arise.

Parents are encouraged to assist in monitoring student progress toward the completion of the assignments but should not do the students’ work for them. Parents can be most helpful to their children by providing a routine time and a place that is conducive to undisturbed study. Students can seek help in developing more effective study skills from their teachers, counselors and the learning support department. It can be assumed that students will always be required to be reading set texts in preparation for lessons and reading around all of their subjects as a matter of course. Students are also expected to proofread all written tasks. Getting work done on time requires careful planning, organization, determination and self-discipline. These qualities are important in the later working-careers of students and in their personal lives. To promote the habit of punctuality, our policy is as follows:

  • Teachers clearly communicate to students the guidelines, expectations and use of criteria for homework or coursework;
  • School breaks and vacations are recovery periods for students. In Grade 10 (MYP 5), students will not receive vacation homework, as they are expected to be working on their Personal Projects;
  • Students are responsible for finding out about any and all missed assignments when they have been absent from lessons. All missing assignments must be made up. Assignments due during an absence should be submitted during the first lesson upon return. Any work assigned during an absence is due on the regular due date unless prior arrangements have been made with the teacher;

Any assignments due the day of a field trip must be submitted prior to the field trip, curricular or extra-curricular activity.