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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.
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:
Homework assignments are tasks assigned to students by their teachers and are expected to be carried out during non- school hours.
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.
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:
It is the class teacher’s responsibility to inform students of KAS homework procedures.
All teachers are responsible to:
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.
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.
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:
Any assignments due the day of a field trip must be submitted prior to the field trip, curricular or extra-curricular activity.