Homework Statement from October 2020

We will be starting to re-introduce homework from Monday October 5th 2020.

For Junior and Senior Infants: Infants will take home a homework folder which will be kept in their school bag for use at home and at school. The children will be in 4 “reading groups”. The children will work with the teacher individually at a separate table that is regularly sanitised. Children will be heard twice weekly, with a 72 hour decontamination period between.

For 1st to 6th Classes: We will give reading and tables for homework. English Reading, and Irish reading (from 2nd class) will be prepared in school to be shared at home. We are prioritising the learning and practice of tables as they support all areas of numeracy. Tables are printed in our homework journal. We will also be using the free “Rock Star” tables app for all devices. Each child will be given log in details by their teacher. Tables need to learned by heart so that a child can recall them quickly and automatically.

Extension Activities for 2nd-6th Classes:
From 2nd class upwards, teachers will share upcoming topics in History, Geography and Science to be covered during the term. Pupils are encouraged to research these topics in advance, share their written work via Seesaw with their teacher, and present their learning to their peers/class if they wish. Details will be available on each class Seesaw page.

The St. Francis NS Homework Statement is informed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines and the Roadmap for the Safe Reopening of Schools. To keep our pupils and staff safe, we need to keep school and home items separate, to prevent cross-contamination (apart from lunches and coats).

National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) and Department of Education and Skills (DES) guidelines request that we make Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing in children a priority. We wish to avoid increased pressure or stress on pupils and their families, especially as many parents are still working from home.

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