As part of the reading programme, the pupil is given a word box in which a number of words are regularly added. These words can be practised each night. The main emphasis of the infant programme is on oral language and it is important to listen to your child as he relates the day’s news and repeats rhymes and songs.
Preparation of reading, a small amount of maths and there may be some writing.
Reading, a small amount of maths, some spellings and there may be some writing.
Second to Sixth Class
(a) Reading / Spellings
(b) Maths – Sums as a revision of day’s work, tables to be learned.
(c) Some writing may be given as a means of revising day’s work.
Junior and Senior Infants – Class teacher will advise
First and Second Class – 20 – 30 minutes.
Third and Fourth Class – 30 – 40 minutes.
Fifth and Sixth Class – 40 – 60 minutes.
The time will vary form pupil to pupil. If parents feel a child is spending and excessive amount of time at homework, they should discuss this with the class teacher.
It is primarily in the home that the habit of reading is fostered. Encourage your child to join the library and help him to appreciate that reading can be fun and not a chore which is confined to school and homework. Encourage reading in free time and during holidays.
Problems with Reading
Children with reading difficulties may be referred to the Learning Support Teacher or Resource Teacher. For a support programme to be successful it will require the encouragement and active co-operation of parents. Specifically, parents are asked to listen to their child reading on a nightly basis.
Use the method which has been outlined above. Don’t panic about the child’s reading or cause him to panic. Be positive. The road to good reading may not be smooth but the child will get there in the end.
Addition / subtraction tables are taught in second class, while multiplication tables form a large part of the third class programme.
Spellings are taught from first class onwards. Spellings are taken from the graded spelling programme which is in use in the school. Some do’s and don’ts for the teaching of spellings:
The children are taught the basic steps of a joined script style. While readiness is a factor, it is to be hoped that most pupils will be using a joined script by the end of third class.