Homework is an essential part of study for the IB curriculum. Our homework schedule is designed to promote personal learning and enquiry. The amount of homework that your child will be asked to complete and the types of activity depend on their age.
Primary homework schedule (age 3-11)
In the Primary School, homework is set from Infants upwards and should never exceed one hour. Homework diaries are used to remind students of their assignments and also as a means of communication between parents and teachers.
Secondary homework schedule (age 12-18)
In the Secondary School, homework levels increase as they progress through the school. The following is a guide to the amount of homework expected on average:
|6-7||60-90 minutes per night across 2-3 subjects|
|8||10 hours per week|
|9-10||12-15 hours per week|
|11-12||18-20 hours per week|
Supporting your child
At ICS we greatly value the partnership we have with parents in the education of their children. Your support for the progress of your child in school and the example you set in creating a positive relationship are vital elements in helping your child achieve their best.
You can support your child's homework by:
Providing a quiet and discreetly supervised place for homework, with good lighting and comfortable seating and work surface.
Taking an interest in their homework, especially at younger ages, without taking over and doing it for them;
Ensuring your child uses their homework diaries;
Making sure your child begins their homework promptly (a regular time is helpful) and helping to set sensible limits on how long homework takes. If there seems to be too little or too much please contact the tutor;
Avoid your child having a personal television or computer in individual bedrooms;
Encouraging personal reading and use of English.
You can also support your child's schooling as a whole by:
Making sure that your child is properly prepared for school the evening before;
Ensuring that your child gets to school on time, feeling confident and forward looking;
Avoiding mixed messages about the importance of school work by not taking extended weekends or holidays during term time;
Being aware that children are sensitive to critical remarks about those they should respect.