Homework Policy 2017-18

Dear Parent,

This year you should find that in the main,

the homework this year is repetitive and predictable.

This is so the students can do their homework independently.

The main aim of this homework is to create a ‘homework habit’

which will stand to them in Senior Classes and at second level.


I would consider that learning tables and reading

are the most important part of the homework given.


Tables: From October 3rd, we will start with number patterns and then move on to multiplication and division tables.

Reading: From Monday 9th October reading will be more challenging and I hope enjoyable.

Mental Maths: For the time being each night your child is asked to do the sums laid out in New Wave Maths for that day.

Learning Spellings: In general the class are very good at spellings.

When I pretested spellings from the 3rd class programme quite a number of students were getting full marks.

This meant that if I stuck to those spellings, they would have no spellings to learn.

So I am going a bit faster through the spelling lists so that each child will have three spellings a night to learn.

These are the spellings from the lists in the booklets I sent home, that are spelt  incorrectly in their pretests in their copybooks.

Irish Verbs: Children are asked to read these three times each night, to become familiar with the pronunciation and the pattern.


At the end of homework each day,

your child should get into the habit of paring

three pencils for use in class the following day.

In doing this your child is taking some responsibility

for their own learning. Preparing for school the next day,

like this, is a valuable habit to get into. 


School Policy is that homework in Third should take 30 – 40 minutes.

If homework is taking significantly less time than that a child can supplement it.

This month I will be sending home some ideas in this regard.


If homework takes significantly more than

40 minutes uninterrupted work,

please ask your child to stop

and sign their homework notebook to this effect.


If your child attends Learning Support

I would ask you to prioritise the work

given by the Learning Support teacher

as that work is carefully chosen by the LS

for your child’s specific and individual needs.

Thanking you for your support and co-operation,

First Class Maths – Useful Websites

First class have asked me for some useful websites

so that they can practise their maths at home, so here we are:

A very popular game for practising addition

and take away tables is called ‘The Balloon Game’.

Click on this link to find it.

and away we go
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Another one the children enjoy that helps them

with their learning is Crossing the Swamp .

It is also useful for practising addition and subtraction.


Add Like Mad and its sister site Subtraction Action 

are like gymnastics for the brain.


The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment 

have a number of videos online

to help parents help their child with maths.

Scroll down to view them here.


First and Second class is a window of opportunity

for learning tables.

Knowing one’s tables is a skill which one will call upon 

through out one’s life.

Read about the importance of tables here.

You can find other maths websites for students from 1st-6th class here.

Supplementary Homework in Maths

Here are a dozen links to Maths Activities

that you might like to try:


Many of these games were sourced from 

Maths Primary National Strategy – Maths Activities

This is easy; practising ‘counting on’ with 

Online ‘Snakes and Ladders’

Snakes and Ladders
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As an alternative to the

Balloon Popping Game to practice tables,

you can practice addition tables on Circus Climber


This activity teaches about Data


These are more challenging:

Practising computation with

Swimming Lengths

Long Jump



Reading measure with Javelin Throwing


Measuring angles;

estimating or using an online protractor with Sailing


Practicing Addition using ‘Who Wants To Be A Mathionaire?’


This is a more challenging game;

 ‘Who Wants to Be A Mathonaire?’

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Like the game Mastermind this is an online game

called Code Breaker

Here is another version from Creativity Games.net